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.


  • Rehearsal Venue Change
  • ​​From 11/20 rehearsal in preparation for 11/27:
    General Note
    Practicing can look and sound like a variety of things. Practice out loud, but also practice in your head (this is especially good if you're traveling!). Audiate internally like we did this evening, "visualizing" your sound before you sing. Can you hear the warmth? Do you feel your breath? Can you hear your own "generous voice"?

    Ah, comme c'est chose belle
    --Practice in order to keep this at 4 stars. You know what you need to do. Follow your own advice from tonight's reflection as a guide!

    Linden Lea
    -- check and practice the endings of each verse (and there for me, to where for me, with fruit for me, etc)
    -- Use the "buzzy space" tool to keep everything tall and free
    -- Can you get your sound on the French to align with the Vaughan Williams?
    -- Do not go on autopilot!!

    Nga iwi e
    -- PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE with movement until it flows
    -- Have a question? Call an Arioso friend! Text or email Ms. Kottman
    -- Prepare the calls (shouted and sung) if you'd like to audition next week!

    - Memorize
    - Practice carrying over the phrases, connecting from one to the next.

    **Bring your folder next Monday to rehearsal but be prepared that we will likely not use it very much**
    **Bring a water bottle please - very important as the weather changes and the air gets drier**

  • From 11/13 rehearsal in preparation for 11/20  - Click to view assignments
**2 rehearsals left before we move to the Chapel stage on December 4! Arrive each Monday ready to work, sing, focus, and listen so we can make the most of our time together**


--Set aside a bit of time on two separate occasions this week to carve out a quiet moment for yourself. Sit comfortably and listen, either to what's going on around you, to your own sounds, or to a soundscape that you create for yourself. Be attentive. Listen actively and deeply. Log your listening practice sessions. On what days did you practice and at what times? For how long did you sit and listen? What did you hear? How does it feel to practice listening

Linden Lea
-- All memorized for next week!
-- Sing with a hand on a vibrant/buzzy space of your choosing (cheek, back of neck, chest, heart, etc). Notice that vibrancy can shift based on where you are in your range, your vowels, etc - your hand can shift to where there's the most buzz!
-- Come up with something physical to remind yourself to keep the internal space tall and lifted (British vowels!). Tonight we used a hand on the side of your face - what works best for you?
-- Here's some "Linden Lea" from Singapore for inspiration (listen for how they so beautifully "taste" their consonants!)

Nga iwi e
-- All memorized for next week! Including movements.
-- Clips from a performance by a Secondary School (High School) at the New Zealand National Kapa haka Championships
- An adult kapa haka performance

Ah, comme c'est chose belle
-- We will start rehearsal with this piece next week. Keep it in your body and in your voice.
--Learn the two measures before letter D and practice singing from C all the way to E (key change!!)

Linden Lea
--Memorize verse 1 (with SPACE and TONE!)
--Use your 3 "takeaways" as you practice this week

Nga iwi e
--Quiz yourself and play Red Light/Green Light while practicing the movements. Are you frozen on the correct arm?
--Sing and dance to yourself in the mirror: is your arm extended all the way? Is your wiri even and shimmering?

Answer to last week's riddle
Nga iwi e
--Solidify memorization of all text (watch out for the fish!). You will know you are totally memorized when you can speak the text out of tempo like a poem.
--Practice the movements to the first section. How many different ways can you practice what your body is supposed to be doing? (some ideas: in the mirror, with your eyes closed, with speaking the text, with singing, with humming...)

--Write in the solfege for the Refrain (the "Oye - are you listening?" section where the sopranos have the melody). 
--Practice singing on solfege, and then alternate between solfege and text to solidify the contour of the melody.

Ah, comme c'est chose belle
--Use this piece at some point this week as part of creating a quiet moment for yourself. Make it part of a space that is already calm, or sing this piece to create that peaceful, contemplative space.
--Keep a tall sound somewhere between a supported mezzo piano or spacious mezzo forte.

--What is Mozart doing on Halloween?? (hint: it's a joke!)

--Bring a water bottle so you do not have to leave rehearsal!
--If you haven't sent in your audio file or description of wither a sound that reminds you of fall OR the sound of a place that is special to you, please do so this week.
Nga iwi e
--MEMORIZE all notes and words correctly (really memorize! Not half-memorized or "follow along"/"fake it 'till you make it" memorization...true memorization!). This is essential so we can add movement. 
--Practice wiri until it feels natural and free. Find you source of motion that makes the movement easy, light, and shimmering - your wrist, your palms, your finger joints, etc.

Ah, comme c'est chose belle
--Use the movement tool from this evening (weight shift + gesture) to practice stressed/unstressed as you sing. Need a refresher of what's stressed vs unstressed? Use the pronunciation tracks (below, from 9/18 rehearsal).

Linden Lea
--Sing through the piece following the text but on a hum/lip brr/tongue trill. Focus on keeping the sound open and free. Use the tools from our in-rehearsal reflection (when the sound gets tight/pressed, what can you do about it?)
--Send Ms. Kottman an email with a sound byte (short recorded example) or a description of something in either category below. Ms. Kottman's email can be found on the downloadable Arioso calendar.
       a.) A sound that makes you think of fall
       b.) The sound of a place that is special to you or reminds you of a place that is special to you. 

--How do you think rehearsal went this week? This about listening, focus, quality of voice, energy in the space, productivity. Did Ms. Kottman's voice (or lack thereof...) affect the rehearsal environment? If yes, how so?

Thanks for your hard work on Monday evening!
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?
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?
**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 :-)
--Come 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:

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






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?
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 the December concerts are available for purchase through the Lawrence University Box Office.
  • Please note: The Box Office will close on Wednesday, November 22 for the university's winter break. After the box office closes, the tickets 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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