String Reseatings

Upon arrival at the Concert Festival, the string players will be asked if they wish to audition for the first chair of their assigned sections. Students who sign up will be asked to play excerpts from the concert repertoire in front of one or two judges during the Thursday afternoon rehearsal, generally after the read-through of some of the literature. Principal chair players are obliged to play as well. If a first chair player declines to participate then the Chair will be considered “open”. Students will be rated on mastery of the excerpts as well as leadership. The excerpts will not be posted earlier. Students who audition MUST play the top line of divisi sections regardless of their assignment. If a challenging player performs noticeably better than the existing first chair, that player will sit first and every other player will move down one seat UNLESS the conductor requests that all outside players remain in tact. If that request is made then the original first chair player will be reseated to the inside BUT everyone else will remain inside/outside with only the stand number changing. The decision of the judges cannot be challenged.

It is also part of the general policy that the conductor and manager reserve the right to make seating changes in ANY section to the benefit of the ensemble. That can be done without an audition and cannot be challenged.

Choral Rehearings
Policy Document

WHO?
• All members of the New England Chorus

WHAT?
• A ten minute rehearing of at least two of the pieces in the current Chorus program, performed in octets made up of students from one or more schools

WHEN & WHERE?
• On the Thursday of the festival, prior to the General Meeting
• Schools are scheduled for 30 minute timeframes based on their travel distance from the host site
• The host school will provide three classrooms with pianos for these evaluations
• THE 2018 CHORAL REHEARING SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED HERE IN FEBRUARY

Time
Schools
10:00 AM
East Lyme
Ellington
Lake Region
Lewis S. Mills
Litchfield
Lyman Hall
North Country
Simsbury
Valley Reigional
Wamogo
10:30 AM
Brattleboro
Brien McMahon
Glastonbury
Griswold
Killingly
Leland & Gray
Parent Eddy
Parent Montalbano
Stafford
South Windsor
11:00 AM
Cheshire
Conval
Hanover
Hartford
Hopkinton
Mount Anthony
Springfield
Stonington
Upper Valley Music
Woodstock
11:30 AM
Burlington
Coe-Brown
Colchester
Fair Haven
Harwood
Middlebury
Mill River
Rice
Rutland
Spaulding
U-32
12:00 PM
BFA St. Albans
Enosburg Falls
Gilford
Hazen
Lyndon Institute
 
Missisquoi Valley
Mt. Mansfield
Rangeley Lakes

HOW?
• Based on the school schedule, chorus student assemble in a designated room by voice part
• The octets are organized there, by school as much as possible, and sent to the rehearing rooms
• The students are asked to sing a section of at least two of the concert program, accompanied as appropriate, for evaluation
• The selections will not be the hardest sections of those pieces, but will provide an indication that the student has prepared the music for the festival (not just sight-singing it adequately)
• The evaluators will rate each vocalists on a simple point scale rubric

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT?
• Once all of the rehearings are completed, those students who are in need of additional preparation will be identified
• Those students will attend a remedial session lead by the chorus manager and members of that committee to provide additional support for the students who did not come to the festival properly prepared
• The remedial session will begin at 12:30 PM and conclude in time for the students to attend the General Meeting
• The NEMFA sponsor of the students in the remedial session will be notified of their participation

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE AN UNANSWERED QUESTION?
• Sponsors can contact Steffen Parker with further questions

 

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