The Capriccio curriculum strengthens rhythmic and melodic reading skills and teaches healthy vocal production through the beginning stages of the female voice change. Singers perform repertoire in unison, two and three parts. Capriccio performs on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, plus one community performance. Auditions for Capriccio are held in April for the following academic year.


  • Rehearsal Venue and Time Change
    • Monday, December 4
    • 5:30-6:45 p.m. (please note time change)
    • Lawrence Memorial Chapel - Report to Shattuck Hall 163
  • ​Assignments from 11/20 rehearsal:
    --Practice all the pieces, but especially high priority ones: "I never saw a moor" and "Oye"

    --As you practice the pieces, work on memorizing not just the words and pitches, but also the artistic elements we have worked on (like crescendo, unison cut offs, and tall beautiful vowels)

    --Reflection: Write a description of each piece. What do you love about each one and why? Share what you think the message is behind each song.

    --Check over your concert uniform. Make sure you have all the correct pieces. Have a plan for your hair to be neatly done and in its natural color.
  • Assignments from 11/13 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    --Great rehearsal on Monday night! We are coming down to the last couple of rehearsals and your individual practice time is going to be focused on a "big picture" perspective as well as fine tuning the details of the scores.

    Two Poems by Emily Dickinson
    --Please continue to work on memorization
    --Pay attention to clean, crisp text

    Velvet Shoes
    --Practice with long, smooth phrases (CHALLENGE yourself to sing 4 measure phrases!)
    --Work on memorization, including what happens between the sections of singing.

    --Give special attention to sections C to D
    --Practice all 3 parts

    --In what ways do we listen with Ting as a choir family? Write a few sentences explaining your thinking.
  • Assignments from 10/30 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    --Practice page 1. Choose at least 2 parts to work on.
    --How many more times does this section of music happen in the piece?

    I never saw a moor
    --Practice measures 5-15
    --PREVIEW measures 17-20

    Velvet Shoes
    --Review measures 43-52
    --Strive for long, smooth lines and a full sound

    FVUU Outreach Performance
    --If you have not done so already, please let Ms. Burke or Mrs. Weijola know if you will be participating in the performance on November 12th. Mrs. Weijola will need to know by next week!
    --Work on Jubilate Deo and Pauper Sum Ego
    --Be prepared to practice "incomplete" endings next week
  • Assignments from 10/23 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    --Write in the solfege for all three parts on page 1. Remember: we did this in rehearsal, but using different rhythms. (F=Do)

    I never saw a moor
    --Practice measures 5-15 and 24-end. Be careful with rests!

    Velvet Shoes
    --Work on singing with confidence in measures 17-24 and 68-end.

    --Conduct a bit of research on Emily Dickinson. Write down some interesting facts to share about her life and work.
  • Assignments from 10/16 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    I never saw:
    --Practice measures 24-end, especially measures 31-34
    --Look at measures 13-15 and learn new text with the familiar meloday

    There is no frigate:
    --Work towards memorizing

    Velvet Shoes:
    -Learn the section where A=Do (hint: the key signature has 3 sharps)

    Outreach Performance:
    --Practice Pauper Sum Ego and Jubilate Deo
    --Optional: Learn some (or all) of Dona Nobis Pacem (page 13 in your binders)
  • Assignments from 10/9 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    There is no frigate like a book:
    --Please fix measures 15-16. Remember how the melody is different from measure 9-10.
    --Work towards memorizing.

    I never saw a moor:
    --Work on your part at measure 24 through the end of the piece. (Reminder: E = Do)
    --Do your best to learn measures 32-34. It was briefly introduced during rehearsal.

    Velvet Shoes:
    --This piece was distributed towards the end of rehearsal.
    --Read through the text and prepare to share something that you thought was beautiful or meaningful next week.
    --Try to learn measures 17-27. Remember your sight-singing personality and your learning style. Use that to your advantage!
  • Assignments from 10/2 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    There is no frigate like a book:
    --Practice the whole piece! :) Use tall vowels and pay attention to longer notes. Give page 4 extra attention

    Pauper sum ego
    --Practice until you are confident enough to sing alone in a small group.

    --Erase any pencil markings leftover from previous users. Use a good eraser!
    --Please turn in any previous reflections you have not completed. (see below for previous weeks' assignments)
  • Assignments from 9/25 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    Binder: put blank or lined paper in your Girl Choir binder

    There is no frigate like a book:
    -Practice page 3 on solfege and text
    --Preview the solfege on page 4 (remember F= Do)

    Reflection: In the same piece, find vocabulary that you don't know and find their meanings. Spend some time thinking about what this poem means. Write a few sentences to share. *Do this on a separate sheet of paper so you can turn it in to Mrs. Weijola!*
  • Assignments from 9/18 rehearsal  - Click to view homework

    There is no frigate like a book:
    -- practice measures 5-10 and 12-14, using solfege
    what is a frigate?

    --What are the qualities of someone who is a good listener? Write this on a separate sheet of paper so that you can turn it in at next week's rehearsal
  • 2017-18 Calendar - Click the button below to download and print the yearly calendar for Capriccio. This calendar was updated on 9/5/17

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 Concerts
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.
  • Additional or replacement bags can be purchased through the Academy office for $10 plus tax.

Concert Uniform

  • A red top and black skirt are provided by the Academy. Tops and skirts 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 should provide her own black tights and black, close-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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