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


The Capriccio curriculum strengthens rhythmic and melodic reading skills and teaches healthy vocal production through the beginning stages of the 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; singers may have the opportunity to participate in one additional community performance or event.

Auditions for Capriccio are held in April for the following academic year. Please fill out our interest form to receive audition information next spring.

2018-19 Calendar

Capriccio 2018-19 Calendar


Past Assignments:

Personal Practice from November 19

Outstanding rehearsal, Capriccio! Our pieces continue to grow and evolve each week because of your hard work during rehearsal. Well done! Please make sure you are reinforcing the skills we worked so hard to craft during this week's rehearsal - a full round sound, marcato/legato, forte/piano, crescendo, stretching the beats, crisp clear diction, and exciting storytelling. 

  • Spend some quality time with your music. Consider all the things we have learned and discussed. Write a few sentences about each piece describing what it means to you and what you have learned from the piece.
  • Memorize everything. If you have already done this with the pitches, rhythms, and text, move on to memorizing the expressive elements of the piece.
Personal Practice from November 12
  • Personal Practice
    • ​"Shojojee:" work towards memorizing your part AND how your part fits with the other part. Be prepared to mix it up next week!
    • "Sally Gardens:" continue working on long, legato phrases. ALWAYS observe the dynamics! Memorize more than the pitches, rhythms, and poem, but also the artistic elements, such as dynamics, stretching the beat, etc.
    • "The Fox:" how crisply and cleanly can you sing this text?
    • Fun Fact: remember Mr. Cardella's recital is on Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Chapel!


Personal Practice from November 5

Excellent rehearsal! Every time you were handed a challenge, you rose to meet it - and often exceed it! Bravi tutti! Remember that the time you spend with your music between rehearsals will keep our momentum moving forward. There are 4 more rehearsals until the concert...

  • Personal Practice
    • The Fox: RE-write the story of "The Fox" from the perspective of Farmer John and Old Mother Pitter Patter. What would their version of the story say? Please be prepared to turn in this assignment. (Remember to include your name on the page. Ahem.)
    • Shojojee: PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! We worked very hard to learn new notes and rhythms, especially measures 57-66 in verse 2! In your personal practice, please think ahead to how YOU can be a leader in your section.
    • Sally Gardens: practice this piece like you are performing it. Notice the dynamics and phrase marks. Also, remember the spot in phrase 3 where we are "stretching" the beat a little.
    • Fun Fact: Mr. Cardella is preparing for a solo recital on Friday, November 16! It is at the Lawrence Chapel, begins at 8:00p, and it is free and open to the public. Can you be there?
Personal Practice From October 29
  • "Shojojee"
    • Review and solidify your voice part in measures 41-56.
    • Continue practicing Japanese text.
  • "Sally Gardens"
    • Remind yourself of the breath marks we made last week.
    • Practice with long, smooth phrases - remember: we are training our bodies to sing this way!
    • Practice both WITH the text and WITHOUT the text.
  • "The Fox"
    • Memorize verses 2 and 6.
Personal Practice from October 22
  • "Sally Gardens"
    • Review the melody, observing the breath marks.
    • Remember, you are training your body to sing these long, legato phrases!
  • "Shojojee"
    • Continue speaking and singing the Japanese text.
    • Complete the solfege for your own harmony parts in measures 41-52.
  • "The Fox"
    • Memorize verse 6.
Personal Practice from October 15
  • "Shojojee"
    • Practice the Japanese text for ALL of verse 1 (measure 9-38).
    • Speak it in rhythm before singing it.
    • PREVIEW the 2-part section starting in measure 41. Know when you have the melody and when you do not.
  • "Sally Garden"
    • Practice singing the melody both on a neutral syllable and with the text.
    • How legato can you sing each phrase?
  • "The Fox"
    • Continue practicing verses 2 and 6.
Personal Practice from October 8
  • "Sally Gardens"
    • solidify the melody - remember: it's in your brain already! Now it's time to put it in your voice. 
    • work on using a supported tone with legato singing
  • "Shojojee"
    • practice singing pitches without Japanese, especially measures 25-28
    • watch out for m 28-29!!! This was the spot we targeted heavily during rehearsal
    • Optional: become familiar with the Japanese text by using the pronunciation guide, found on the inside of the front cover
  • "The Fox"
    • practice verse 6 with text
    • Optional: speak verse 2 text in rhythm

More notes on personal practice at home:
You are an amazing, fun, hard-working group of musicians! I am so honored to be your Capriccio teacher! This week, we worked on supporting our singing voices with strong abdominal muscles, calling it "energy from your tummy." Every time you sing this week (at school, at home, in choir, etc), try to remember to add this new skill, so it can become a habit every time you sing.

We also talked a lot about HOW to learn music - rhythms, pitches, direction of the melodic line, and steps and skips. (Remember when Mr. Cardella quizzed you from the piano?) As you practice the newer music at home, pay attention what the printed music is trying to tell you - trust in the hard work you put in during rehearsal.

I'm proud of each of you.
-Mrs. Weijola


Personal Practice from October 1
  • "The Fox:" read through the story and, in your own words, write a summary of what happens.
  • "Shojojee:" practice measures 9-38, focusing especially on measures 25-38. For extra practice, feel free to preview measures 41-56 and the Japanese text. We will add text next Monday!

Notes on how to practice at home:
Use whatever tools you have on hand at home. Many of you play instruments! Use your knowledge on those instruments to help you learn and reinforce what we started during rehearsal. If you have access to online materials, look into piano apps that can also help with personal practice time. In your binders, your supplemental pages include a printed keyboard with notes names on the staff, as well as the solfege syllables and corresponding hand signs. All of these tools have been provided to you for your own personal practice. Spend some time with your music and your practice tools every day! If we all do this, imagine what amazing things we can accomplish when we come together each week!

-Mrs. Weijola


Personal Practice from Sept. 24
  • "Shojojee:" practice measures 9-24 (pages 3-4), using solfege and/or a neutral syllable
  • Listen and Ponder extension: draw a picture of the story you imagined while listening. If you brainstormed more than one possible story, please choose one to illustrate.


2019-20 Girl Choir Auditions

Click here to view the audition dates for the 2019-20 season.

Choir Materials

  • Capriccio singers must bring a three-ring binder and two sharpened pencils to every rehearsal.
  • Music is the property of the Academy.
  • Singers new to the program will receive a tote bag that becomes theirs.
  • 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 Capriccio singer will need to provide their 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.

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