Students 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 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

Announcements

 

  • Tutti Raffle
    • All sold and unsold Tutti Raffle tickets must be turned in to the Academy office no later than March 22.
  • Post-Concert Reminders
    • After the concert, students must return their uniform blouse and skirt and their music prior to their audition date. Students who do not return these items will not be allowed to audition.
      • Please wash your uniform before returning it.
      • There is a $3.00 replacement fee for each piece of missing or damaged music.
      • Students not performing in the concert should return their uniforms and music at the last rehearsal they attend or to the Academy office.

Click the button below to download and print the Girl Choir Program Handbook.

Girl Choir Handbook

Assignments

Homework from March 3 Rehearsal

Capriccio Singers, we had an amazing, fast-paced and brain-twisting rehearsal! Thank you for your perseverance and grit as we powered through "Esurientes." Now it is up to YOU to take what we learned together and practice it until you are confident and consistent.

Your assignment for this week is to make good on our Pinky Swear Promise:

  • Practice with a purpose.
  • Choose 15-20 minutes of Girl Choir music before free time.
  • Listen to the listening links every day. (The handout with the links is here.)

Come back next week to dive back in! Aim for 4.5! (You know what that means.) You should practice enough that we can pick up right where we left off!

Finally, I believe in each and every one of you. Together, WE GOT THIS!


Past Assignments and notes:

Homework from Feb. 11 Rehearsal

Capriccio, we have completed week 6 out of 11 weeks - 5 more to go, and a lot of music still to learn. Your personal practice not only reinforces what we learned in rehearsal, but also allows us to move FORWARD through our pieces, rather than repeat what has already been learned in previous rehearsals. When we each do our part individually, we come together to complete the picture as a whole group.

Please take seriously the challenge to choose to practice Girl Choir homework this week. Between rehearsals, we all have choices we can make with our time - after homework, athletics, chores, family responsibilities, and other "must do" items in our daily lives, we have a choice with how we spend our leisure time. You were challenged to choose, 4 times this week, to spend time with your Girl Choir music instead of (or before) engaging in leisure time. Maybe that means practicing portions of "Esurientes" before a new book or maybe that means reviewing the last pages of "The Duel" before an episode of something on Netflix. Four times was the challenges, but, of course, you are welcome to do more. :)

  • Reflection
    • ​What is the difference between a Need and a Want? Make a list of Needs and Wants in your life.
  • Personal Practice
    • Esurientes
      • practice measures 172-181
      • preview measures 182-188
    • The Duel
      • practice measures 23-39. Watch out for the line with the scale!
      • preview measures 41-56
    • Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
      • practice verses 1 & 2
      • preview the "layer up" section
Homework from Feb. 4 Rehearsal

Capriccio, we are setting a fast pace from now to the dress rehearsal! After today, we will have completed 4 out of 10 rehearsals (not including the cancelled rehearsal on Jan 28). Let's make a pact to bring our best selves to every rehearsal and a positive attitude. Use all the tools available to you - your scores, instruments at home, listening links, and each other. With diligence, hard work, and faith in ourselves, we will be successful and learn so much in the process! I believe in each of you!

  • Personal Practice
    • The Duel
      • ​practice pages 2 & 3, using text that is crisp and clear
      • practice the identical sections in other verses
      • preview measures 40-48
    • Esurientes
      • practice rhythms and pitches in measures 171-181
      • listen to the listening links DAILY
    • Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
      • practice verses 1 & 2 - remember that verse 2 splits into 3 parts. Capriccio will stay on voice parts 1 and 2
      • preview the "layer up" section

 

Homework from Jan. 21 Rehearsal

Capriccio Singers: well done on a challenging rehearsal! The process of learning new music always begins with the slow and steady work of studying the score and digesting it in small, bite-sized chunks. This hard work in the early stages will pay off in the end, so keep that in mind if you start to tire of practicing the same small section. I believe in our abilities to do it! I have faith in all of you!

  • Personal Practice
    • The Duel
      • practice pages 2-3, using solfege OR words
      • locate the other places in the piece where these musical ideas also appear
    • Esurientes
      • practice the rhythms of the Opening Statement and Sequence #1

      • practice the pitches of the Opening Statement and Sequence #1, using solfege and/or a neutral syllable

      • be precise!

  • Reflection
    • From the book, "My father had always said, 'Malala will live free as a bird.' Now I wondered how free I'd truly be." What do you think Malala meant by that last sentence?

2018-19 Dress Rehearsal and Concert Dates

Tickets for the March 23 concerts are now on sale through the Lawrence University Box Office. Please note that the box office will have different hours during LU's spring break; click here to view the adjusted hours.

Dress Rehearsals
 
Friday, December 7, 2018 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
   
Friday, March 22, 2019 3:45-6:30 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
   
Concerts
 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
- 7:00 p.m. concert will be available
to view online via Livestream.
   
Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
- 7:00 p.m. concert will be available
to view online via Livestream.

2019-20 Girl Choir Auditions

Click here to view audition information 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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