girls in red tops and black skirts, singing on choral risers with conductor in front and grand piano with pianist on the side

Capriccio

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.

2018-19 Auditions

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Rehearsal Venue and Time Change

Assignments from February 12th rehearsal:

Windy Nights
--Spend some time studying your part in stanza 2.
--Sing your part on a neutral syllable. Do not add text until your pitches are securely learned.
--Be prepared to sing your part with confidence at next week's rehearsal.

El Vito
--Consider all the small sections we have already learned:
    --Part I: measures 5-12, 21-28
    --Part II: measures 5-28
--Keep reviewing these sections so we do not have to re-learn these sections at our next rehearsal.
--In addition, please look ahead to sections not yet learned:
   --Part I: measures 13-20
   --Part II: measures 31-38

Finale
--Review measure 90-107
 

Assignments from February 5th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

El Vito
--Complete the matches for the "El Vito Solfege Bites" sheet. Click here for the document. You may print it, complete the match up and turn it in, or you may write your answers on a sheet of paper to turn in to Mrs. Weijola on Feb 12.
--Please practice each Solfege Bite. Extra bonus if you transfer the solfege into the score!
--Please practice measures 5-28. Especially measures 12-28.

Windy Nights
--Please solidify the work that we did on stanza 2 (measures 44-69). Sing with a neutral syllable, such as "too" or "la." Do not add text until the pitches are solid.

Finale
--Be prepared to start rehearsal with this piece next week.
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Prepare measures 90-end (page 2).

Extra Thoughts
--There are only SIX rehearsals left. 
--Find a recording or performance online to hear the song in its entirety. This will help you hear the big picture. 
--Treat your music like it's a good friend! Spend time with it! Learn what is fun and unique about it!

 

Assignments from January 29th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

--Super rehearsal this week! Your hard work and emphasis on precision is paying off and I hope you can feel it, both personally and collectively. Don't lose momentum! Practice a bit every day so the music stays fresh in your mind and in your heart.

Finale
   --Practice measures 68-88 singing your part.
   --Part I = top line
   --Part IIa = bottom line, top note

El Vito
   --Part I: practice measures 4-12 and 21-28, using a neutral syllable, like "too" or "loo"
   --Part II: practice measures 4-12, 13-20 and 21-28, using a neutral syllable, like "too" or "loo" (Wow! Look at how much you have learned!)
   --Do a little research on what "el vito" means.

Windy Nights
   --Continue practicing stanza 1, adding text
   --Preview/prepare measures 44-55, singing your part on a neutral syllable
        --Write in solfege as needed, especially if a passage continues to be tricky for you.
        --NOTICE the ways in which the melody is JUST SLIGHTLY different from the stanza 1.

Assignments from January 22nd rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

--Windy Nights: practice measures 12-33, using solfege or a "loo" or a "too" or the text (if you're ready). Go as slowly as you need in order to be successful.
--El Vito: practice measures 4-12, using solfege. Remember what kind of note gets the beat. Be precise with the rhythms.
--Finale: practice measures 68-88 (as you did last week), but this time, sing your part. (Part I = side that sits in front of the white board. Part II = side that sits in front on the piano.)

Assignments from January 15th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

--Write out the 3 minor scales as a solfege ladder. Remember, they are natural, harmonic and melodic minor. Write the 3 scales side by side and use that to practice singing each on individually, both up and down.
--Finale: Practice part 1, using solfege. Use a light, gentle singing voice for the higher pitches.
--Bonus: Identify the tune of the finale.

Assignments from January 8th rehearsal- Click to view homework assignments.

--Practice Jubilate Deo for voicing next week.
--Complete the Windy Nights poetry assignment. (If you were absent, click here for the worksheet.)
--On back of the Windy Nights sheet, answer the following question: what are the ways I would like to grow as a member of this choir?
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

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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