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. Auditions for Arioso are held in April for the following academic year.


  • Academy and Girl Choir apparel is available for purchase online now through November 2.
  • From 10/16 rehearsal in preparation for 10/23
    Nga iwi e
    --Use pronunciation tracks from last week as well as musical tools (tempo, dynamics, articulation, etc!) to practice and memorize so we can add movement next week... and maybe even another harmony part!

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    -- Use the movement tool from this evening (weight shift + gesture) to practice where the schwas are placed, making sure they are unstressed
    -- Reflect: What changed about this piece when sung in a 3-part round? And, if you could choose your own part to sing in the 3-part round, which part would you prefer?

    Linden Lea
    -- Mark your score with the expressive elements we added this evening to the second half of verse 3 (dynamics, tone, articulation, style). What does "risoluto" mean and what are you doing as a singer to make music in that way? How does verse 3 contrast to verse 1? Verse 2?

    The Chinese character Ting captures the spirit of listening. It shows that listening uses the ear, the mind, the eye, and the heart in balance with one another. Which sense do you rely on or use the most while in Arioso rehearsal? Which comes easiest to you? Which sense is most difficult for you to listen with?
    arioso assignments




  • From 10/9 rehearsal in preparation for 10/16  - Click to view assignments

    Nga iwi e
    --Call and Response recording
    --In Rhythm recording
    --Work with the recording to practice the pronunciations.
    --Practice singing on text, paying extra close attention to your rhythms!!
    --Tap the rhythms while you sing
       **Whenever you sing or speak this piece in rhythm, keep your right foot tapping the microbeat**
    --See if you can memorize the B section we learned at rehearsal!

    Linden Lea
    --Practice verses 1-2, taking note of where you find yourself breathing.
    --Then mark your score to indicate the long phrases we worked on together. Write slurs between notes where you're likely to take a breath to remind yourself not to breathe.
    --Find the places where you'll need to stagger breathe (if you can't make it through the entire phrase) and plan those breaths intentionally. Just don't breathe between two words!

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    --Record yourself singing it all the way through
    --Listen to it with an ear toward DICTION asking yourself the following questions: "What vowels are out of whack?" "Are the schwas tall and unstressed?" Mark your score with what you'd like to address in your practice! Then, practice that word or phrase until you feel it's fixed. Record just that tiny phrase and listen to it - self-assess. Fix again as needed!
    --Listen to it with an ear toward TONE asking yourself the following questions: "Where do I need more height/space?" "Where I do I need to move more air through the sound?" Be attentive to the fact that all our voices are changing (welcome to Arioso!) so some qualities in your voice may be related to the voice change rather than musical choices! Add more space or move the air faster where you can to achieve the desired tone. Take notes on what you did (add gesture, change posture, an image/thought for self-coaching, etc)

    --What was it like listening to yourself sing? Were you listening mostly with your heart, your ear, or your mind? Which quality was dominant while you were listening? Which quality might you need more of to be in a better balance?
  • From 10/2 rehearsal in preparation for 10/9  - Click to view assignments

    **if you did not complete last week's homework, finish those assignments before you begin this week's**

    Nga iwi e
    --Review Māori text pronunciation in rhythm through m17, stopping to isolate and take apart difficult spots and do them slowly (reminder: wh = f)
    Review text with melody (be careful of repeated notes and directionality!)
    Memorize from the beginning through measure 17 and be ready to sing it while stepping your right foot on the macro (half measure) beats.

    Linden Lea
    --Apply the melody from verse 1 to verses 2 and 3.
    Compare verses 1 and 2. Are there differences between the two in rhythm or in melody?

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    --Review what we covered tonight, keeping the tone tall, the phrasing connected, and the schwa's schwa-y :-)
    ome up with a gesture for each phrase that represents both line and tone (like in warmups at Monday's rehearsal)

    --The translation of the last phrase of Ah, comme c'est chose belle is "Sing with a devoted heart - sing!" What would your response be if someone asked "Why?"

    When you are done with the homework, please follow this link for your final assignment:

  • From 9/25 rehearsal in preparation for 10/2  - Click to view assignments

    Linden Lea

    --Circle every DO in the piece
    --Practice on text, but sing "Do" on every Do-pitched syllable (with-Do the woodlands.... etc)
    Mark EVERY mistake that you make, no matter how small. Make them all courageously! Then go back and figure out how to fix them. (Consult the note you wrote to yourself tonight - how did you fix that mistake? Can you sing the whole phrase on solfege, can you use your built-in hand staff, can you use solfege hand signs, can you alternate words and solfege, or alternate solfege and a neutral syllable like "loo"? How many strategies can you use to practice a single phrase until it feels secure?)

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    --Use pronunciation tracks from last week to practice speaking through the text
    --Speak in rhythm
    --Find all of the La's and Mi's in this piece (hint: the first note is La!) and mark them. You can come up with your own symbols or just write "La" or "L" above each La and "Mi" or "M" above each Mi.
    --Circle every syllable that uses the schwa [ə]

    Nga iwi e
    --What does 'Kia ora' mean? Where would you hear this phrase? Who says it? Write the answers to these questions at the top of your music. Bonus points if you can figure out how it sounds!

    --In what season does "Linden Lea" take place? Cite evidence from the text. Then reflect on how you feel during this season. What does it smell, taste, look like? How do you feel about that season?

    Arioso page






  • From 9/18 rehearsal in preparation for 9/25  - Click to view assignments

    Linden Lea
    --Practice the melody of each verse on solfege and a neutral syllable of your choice (noo, lee, mah, etc)
    --Practice intentionally! Take your time. Check the spots you circled in Monday's rehearsal. Take measures and phrases apart and put them back together again. Don't move past something if you can't get it - go to an instrument, a friend or family member, or other resource for assistance as needed.
    --If you already completed last week's homework assignment with vocabulary, look up another word :-)

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    --Use the pronunciation track along with your notes from Monday to review the French.
    --Speak in rhythm
    --Call and Response pronunciation track
    --Phrase by Phrase pronunciation track
    --Full pronunciation track

    --What's something you heard on Monday during our voicing process, either in your own voice or someone else's? Process this moment, this auditory memory - what did you hear? What did you notice? What do you think about it? What did you learn?
  • From 9/11 rehearsal in preparation for 9/18  - Click to view assignments

    Linden Lea
    --Write in solfege through measure 19, which is the end of verse 1 ("Do lean down low in Linden Lea.")
    --Practice speaking verse 1 in rhythm (watch out for those long quarter notes!). Tap or clap the 8th notes by your heart as you speak through the phrases and lock in to that steady pulse running underneath the melody. When you goof up, back up to the beginning of that phrase or measure and practice just that portion until you've got it instead of going back all the way to the beginning.
    --Read through the full poem on the inside of the first page. Circle any words or phrases that are unfamiliar to you, or whose meaning you are unsure of.
    --Choose one word or phrase from the ones you circled and look up the definition. Write it somewhere on the poem page.

    --Memorize your number!

    --What's something you heard in rehearsal on Monday night that has stuck with you? What significance did this moment/sound/phrase have for you? Why do you think it has stuck with you this week?
  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for Arioso. This calendar was updated on 8/24/17

2017-18 Calendar

2017-18 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

  • Tickets for concerts will be available for purchase through the Lawrence University Box Office. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 1.
  • Please note: The Box Office will close on Wednesday, November 22 for the university's winter break. After this date, tickets for the December concert will only be available for purchase online.
December Dress Rehearsal
Date Friday, December 8
Time 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
December Concerts
Date Saturday, December 9
Time 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location  Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Webcast 7:00 p.m. concert will be available to
watch online through Livestream


March Dress Rehearsal
Date Friday, March 23
Time 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
March Concert Dates
Date Saturday, March 24
Time 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Webcast 7:00 p.m. concert will be available to
watch online through Livestream


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 earring for concerts are acceptable, no hoops.
  • Hair accessories must be small and the color of the hair. Hair must be its 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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