Spring 2019 OCC Singer’s Blog
In Rehearsal for Opera Meets Broadway!

May 22, 2019 – After The Concerts

Lessons Learned The May “Opera Meets Broadway” concerts were a big success – real crowd pleasers.  Even though most of the music was familiar, we felt the need to “be sure” of everything – to really know our assigned parts, entrances and exits to the music.  Allison’s...

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May 15, 2019 – Dress Rehearsal

Putting it Together It’s bittersweet, our last rehearsal before concert weekend.  Most of the hard work is behind us.  It’s time to make beautiful, expressive music—for an audience. Dress Rehearsal always feels a little chaotic.  There’s the environment, Provincetown...

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May 2, 2019 – Thirteenth Rehearsal

Ringers I joined the OCC in desperation.  I was going insane.  I had not sung with a group in 6 years, and it was absolutely making me crazy.  I am 53 years old and have sung virtually every week of my life since I was about 3... except for the past 6 years.  I sang...

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April 25, 2019 – Twelfth Rehearsal

Facing the Music We have a job to do, as chorale singers – to communicate with our audience and to do justice to the music.  Singing is a complex balance of many parts of the body, but the one part that helps most with our job is the face.  An audience will remember...

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April 18, 2019 – Eleventh Rehearsal

Anatomy of an earworm “Ooh, ah, give her your attention!  Do I really need to mention?” I glance at the red glowing clock dial on my dresser, never a wise idea.  It’s 1:41 a.m. and a hard-working earworm has burrowed its way into my sleep/wake cycle.  It must be...

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April 11, 2019 – Tenth Rehearsal

The View from the Podium It's Thursday!  Yesssss!  Can't wait for OCC! And then........ I worry!  Rehearsals are a very humbling experience for me.  As I look out on eager faces, I feel a great deal of responsibility to make each and every singer's experience the best...

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April 4, 2019 – Ninth Rehearsal

Do you hear what I hear? We’re sounding good! And we still have five rehearsals to go...         OR We’re getting there, but we only have five rehearsals to go. Is your cup half full or half empty? Either way, we have five more rehearsals and I know that I’ve got a...

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March 21, 2019 – Seventh Rehearsal

Thoughts from the 10% The 10% is the T2 section. Well, maybe it should be "Thoughts from 1/12 (8.3%) of the 10%" since I'm the only T2 writing.  (Blame Barbara for my crazy math.  She started it all.) There were some people out for vacation and some people out sick...

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March 19th, 2019 – Sectional Rehearsals

Sectionals.... Smaller groups, tighter focus, greater growth.  Each semester I look forward to sectionals.  They are a chance for Allison to work with us on the trickier sections, and a chance for all of us to tackle those parts we don't quite get.  This time we are...

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March 7, 2019 – Fifth Rehearsal

I’ll Tell You Who! Who cares? Well, apparently the Chorale does.  Or the lovely individuals who make up the Chorale do.  I came back after missing last week due to a cold, and though I thought I could just blend in and catch up, no.  Several people asked me how I was...

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February 28, 2019 – Fourth Rehearsal

The Chorus That Plays Together During our rehearsals, we work hard on learning the music.  We run through passages in four-parts, trying to integrate what we’ve practiced into a choral experience.  We focus on our Italian vowels and building a crescendo on dotted...

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February 21st – Third Rehearsal

We heard from former (and dedicated) OCC alto Jodi Anastasio last December with news of her move to Hawaii and how she has already found music in her life there. Some of you will probably remember Ian MacMillan who sang with the Chorale until he moved to Hawaii...

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February 7th – First Rehearsal of the Spring 2019 Season

Enough of winter break, it’s time to sing! I don’t know about you, but after a month and a half of musically structure-less days I’m ready to dig into some new music, set my weekly goals, and set off on a new journey with the Chorale. That first night you can always...

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