girl choir singers in red tops and long black skirts, on choral risers in front of the organ, conductor in front on stage and grand piano with pianist at the side


The Arioso curriculum solidifies rhythmic and melodic readying skills and teaches healthy vocal production throughout the female voice change. Singers perform a variety of music in unison and multiple parts. Arioso performs on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, plus one community performance. A one-day performance tour may be offered to interested singers. Fundraising opportunities are available to cover touring costs.

2018-19 Auditions

Registration for an audition is now open. Please click the link below for more information about auditions and to register.

Girl Choir Auditions


  • Homework to prepare for 2/26:

    --Analyze your part's entrances on pages 5-6. How do the voices interact? Who are you echoing, or is your part introducing a new phrase? What should you be listening for so you know exactly when to come in?

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Starting at the Tempo primo marking on p8, solfege your part all the way to m92 on p10. Altos start on a Do and Sopranos start on Mi. Watch out for accidentals (# Fa = Fi, # Sol = Si).
    --Mark where your part has the melody vs. the harmony line.
    --Learn your part on solfege. DO NOT add text yet!
    --Compare this section to pages 3-5. Find at least two similarities and two differences.

    --Set a rehearsal goal for yourself and for our choir for the next rehearsal. What will we need to do in order to stay on track (after our second cancellation this concert cycle!)? What will you bring into the space next week (mindset, skills, etc) in order to keep us up to speed?

    --Next week's password will be to share one word that summarizes your overall rehearsal goal. What will you be focusing on or working toward during the rehearsal?
  • Homework from 2/12 rehearsal in preparation for 2/19- Click to view homework assignments.
    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    -- Compare mm68-92 to mm13-28 using the list of musical elements we came up with at tonight's rehearsal: melody/pitch, tempo, articulation/expression, rhythm, harmony, text, etc.
    -- The yai's on pages 6-7 should be punctuated but connected. What elements of vocal/choral technique can we utilize to achieve that effect?

    -- Practice p1-4. Plan where you are going to breathe and what kind of breath it will be (is it a deep, energetic, fiery breath? A sneaky, quick catch breath? A staggered breath?)
    - solfege the top of p5 and add it to the tail end of your work on p4.

    --What is one element of your identity do you feel is most at the core of who you are?

    --The password to get into next week's rehearsal is your middle initial.
  • Homework from 2/5 rehearsal in preparation for 2/12- Click to view homework assignments.
    **We finalized our new seating arrangement tonight! If you were absent, please check in with Ms. Kottman at the beginning of next Monday's rehearsal.

    --Write in all solfege for mm22-40.
    Sing your own part on solfege
    Sing on text when it's solidified (no sooner!!)
    Speak your part on page 4 in rhythm. Where and how do you think your people should breathe? Make a plan to propose to the group next Monday night.

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    - Review pronunciation using your music and the pronunciation practice track.
    Speak mm13-28 in rhythm. Notice that Part 1 is the melody (which we all know). Everyone solfege and learn Part 2. Mark any unison phrases with "UNISON" and mark where the parts split by writing "DIV" or "DIVISI" or "2 PARTS". We will split into our official two parts next week!

    --People have been inviting Elijah into our homes and our world for centuries, and singing the melody of this particular song to plead him to return. Tradition says that he will bring peace and harmony to the world. What would you wish for Elijah to bring? Is this something people centuries ago would have also yearned for, or is this unique to our present times?

    Password ;-)
    --The password into rehearsal next week will be the last letter of your last name.
  • Homework from 1/29 rehearsal in preparation for 2/5- Click to view homework assignments.

    --Sing through on solfege (be especially careful to keep the Sol low!).
    --Add words when you are confident you've mastered the arc of the melody.
    --Use an online metronome and see if you can get up to the 160 bpm with accuracy! Remember that the eight note gets the beat. Give yourself a few bars of 1-2-3, 1-2-3 before you start singing. 

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Review p3 (the first page we sing) so that it stays in your voice and in your body. 
    --Clap the rhythm of the Soprano line from mm13-19. 

    **Your password into the room on Monday night will be the second letter of your First Name**

    Sorry for the delay on posting! BIG thanks to those who emailed to alert me to the tech error. See you Monday!
    -Ms. Kottman
  • Homework to prepare for 1/29- Click to view homework assignments.

    -- How many beats per measure? What kind of note gets the beat?
    -- Write in the solfege for the 'Voices' line on the first page. The first pitch is La and the last pitch is Mi.
    -- Sightread page 1 following the "recipe" we used last week:
           1. Sing a scale up and down. Add an arpeggio for extra flavor.
           2. Be a noticer: are there scale fragments? Are there skips/leaps/jumps that pop out at you? Are there any 
               patterns that will be helpful to you in your reading? 
           3.  Figure it out in small pieces. You can start with rhythm or melody as an isolated element. Start with the
                parts that look easy, or start with the tough bits. TAKE YOUR TIME and isolate tricky things. DON'T just
                "sing through it" - take it apart before you put it together.

           4. Synthesize rhythm and melody and sing it SLOWLY. There's no one as your "judge" here to tell you if
               it's right or not, so you have to be your own judge! Not sure if you nailed that interval correctly? Walk up
               to it and check the pitch! Make sure your practice is accurate.
           5.  Once you've learned it, it's no longer sightreading - it's just practicing! Tadaaaaa!
    -- Practice the first page, being intentional about getting it right the first time. If you have access to an instrument, play your part and see if it matches how you sang it!
    -- There will be an assessment (self, peer, and teacher) at our next rehearsal. BE READY!

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    -- Practice mm5-12. Now practice mm21-28. What do you notice? ;-)
    -- Speak through the "Yai yai yai" section up to the bottom of p7 (after the repeat) in rhythm. Track each note with a finger or pencil on the page - otherwise it all blurs together! Find a comfortable tempo for the accelerando. DO NOT go on to page 8!!

    -- Do a self-assessment on your "Fire" sightreading. What do you feel comfortable/confident about with your sightreading? What about your sightreading skills would you like to improve? How do you feel about sightreading, overall? What could Ms. Kottman or others help you with so you can feel more confident?

  • Homework from 1/8 rehearsal in preparation for 1/15- Click to view homework assignments.

    Eiliyahu Hanavi
    --Review & Retrain: page 3 on solfege with correct rhythms and tone
    --Come up with a "tall ah" symbol and mark the first page of your score (Hebrew text)

    The piece by Mary Goetze
    --What is the "foe?"
  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for Arioso. This calendar was updated on 1/2/18

Calendar 2017-18

Choir Materials

  • Girls must bring a three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Girls new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office for the price of $10 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • A red performance top is provided by the Academy. The tops are the property of the Academy and must be returned in good condition at the end of the season. Please do not alter the tops. There will be a fee assessed for the cost to repair or replace a damaged uniform.
  • Each girl must purchase a uniform black skirt, and wear black pantyhose and black closed toed, flat-heeled dress shoes.
  • Post-style earrings for the concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair accessories must be small and the color of the hair. Hair must be a natural color. 

Electronics Policy

Cell phones, iPods, electronic readers, and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited during ensemble rehearsals and back stage during concerts.   If a family emergency takes place during a rehearsal or concert, please contact the ensemble manager.

The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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