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Midland-Odessa Community Chorus
Core-Choir for the 2017 Messiah Sing-along
4805 Gateway St. 
Midland, Texas
Director: Alice Beckstrom
We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Messiah Sing-along will take place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5 PM with Dr. Frank Eychaner returning as guest conductor, and LuAnn Lane as organist and welcome Rachel Dent as our pianist.  Rehearsals for the core-choir will begin on Thursday, Oct 12 and will continue every Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4805 Gateway St, Midland, TX 79707.  

We are also performing as the on-stage choir with The Forgotten Carols in their performance at the Wagner Noël on December 13, 2017!

Please contact us for more information on singing with the Midland-Odessa Community Chorus in the future. 
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Messiah NOTES

Nov 28, 2017

Greetings! So much to say and so much to do and it’s ALL important! Here we go…

 

· This Thursday, try to arrive promptly on time to our last rehearsal. We will do a fast warmup and then practice all the standing/sitting cues for chorus and soloists. (I’m attaching a list with all the cues; please write it in your scores!)

· All soloists should sit in the end positions of their rows to facilitate their leaving and returning to their seats. 

· The first row needs to be vacant so Dr. Eychaner and the soloists have room to maneuver.  

· After we run all our cues, the chorus will go to another room to rehearse and the soloists will take turns rehearsing in the chapel with Rachel Dent. (If we have time, we’ll go back to the chapel to finish up.)

· We’ll then separate and be holding the chorus rehearsal in another room and reserve the chapel for the soloists and pianist to rehearse. If we have time, we'll head back to the chapel to finish singing in there. 

· We will have our only run-through of the program with our conductor and organist on Sat Dec 2 from 9:30- 11 AM.

· Our concert is Sunday Dec 3 at 5 PM. We should arrive by 4:15 and go to the “performer’s rehearsal room” (an usher will show you the way).

· Concert Attire: Men wear dark suits or tuxes, white shirts and ties. Women wear black or dark colored dresses; if wearing slacks or skirts, your top may be white or black. Soloists may dress in a fancier dress and may be a different color than chorus (I.E. as the director of MOCC I will be in a fancier dress).

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Messiah rehearsal schedule for- Nov 16, 2017

Greetings chorus, if you noticed a man sitting in the back of the chapel last week, that was the producer of The Forgotten Carols, who had stopped in to say hello to the “Forgotten Carols” Choir. His assistant told me that he reported back to her that he was excited and impressed with our choir! Bravo, everyone!

We are in the tail-end of our preparation for the Sing-along and only have our regular rehearsals this Thursday, and the 30th! We will have our only run-through of the program with our conductor and organist on Dec 2 from 9:30- 11 AM, our concert is Sunday Dec 3 at 5 PM (we should arrive by 4:15). Men wear dark suits or tuxes, white shirts and ties. Women wear black or dark colored dresses; if wearing slacks or skirts, your top may be white or black.

We and are really making good progress in unifying our voices and adding the emotional and technical precision that singing Messiah demands. Please try to look over our songs before our next rehearsal. My main focus will be #9, #21 and #44 and then we’ll sing through the program.  

Messiah Soloists that wish coaching on their songs: contact me and I would happy to schedule you some time at my home studio. Also, contact our pianist Rachel Dent if you would like to rehearse with her.  


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Messiah rehearsal schedule for- Nov 9, 2017

FYI, our Messiah rehearsal will end promptly at 8:30 PM and those in Forgotten Carols will start their rehearsal at 8:35 PM. We will be having the producer, Tyler Castleton, dropping in and I would appreciate if everyone is in their seats, with their music, water and a pencil and ready to rehearse! Please let me know ASAP if you need the DropBox link for the sheet music or MP3’s!  

Messiah Soloists that wish coaching on their songs: contact me and I would happy to schedule you some time at my home studio. Also, please contact our pianist Rachel Dent if you would like to rehearse with her.  

Here is this Thursday’s schedule:


7-7:08 PM Warm-up
7:10-7:55 PM: #7 And He shall purify, #46 Since by man, #17 Glory to God, if time: #12 For unto us
8:00-8:30 Sing through the above choruses
8:30 prayer, eat




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Oct 21- Good work last Thursday! We will be holding auditions again immediately after rehearsal at 8:30 PM. You will be singing to the MP3 on Dropbox (please let me know if you need the Messiah Audition Cuts link) 

Here is this Thursday’s schedule for Oct 26:


7-7:10 PM Warm-up
7:15-8:10 PM: #9 O thou that tellest, #12 For unto us, #46 Since by man
8:15-8:30 Sing through the above choruses, and if time: #44 Hallelujah 
8:30 prayer, eat
8:30-8:50 PM: Auditions


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Oct 15- We had a great first rehearsal last Thursday! The next two Thursdays we will be holding auditions immediately after rehearsal at 8:30 PM. You will be singing to the MP3 on Dropbox (please let me know if you need the Messiah Audition Cuts link) 

Oct 19 schedule:

7-7:10 PM Warm-up
7:15-8:10 PM: #4 And the glory, #7 And He shall purify, #9 Glory to God
8:15-8:30 Sing through the above choruses, and if time: #21 His yoke is easy 
8:30 prayer, eat
8:30-8:50 PM: Auditions


2017 Aria or Recitative Audition Cuts
02. Comfort ye my people (tenor): Bar 1 to 27
06. But who may abide the day of His coming (bass/alto): Rehearsal F to H
09. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto/mezzo): Bar 70 to end of aria
10. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass/baritone): Entire recitative, begin at bar 5
14-16 There were shepherds, etc (soprano): Sing all
20a. He shall feed his flock (alto/mezzo): Rehearsal A to end of alto aria
20b. Come unto Him (soprano): Rehearsal D to end of aria
32. But Thou didst not leave His soul in Hell (tenor/soprano): Rehearsal B to D


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Everyone participating in the Midland-Odessa Community Chorus is encouraged to buy/bring their own score.  Many places online will sell you a Messiah score for around $10.  For your convenience, here are two options: You may click the Amazon link to buy a new or used score.  Another option is clicking this link to print out your own score or to download to a tablet to read and sing off of.  

Another choral help is a wonderful site called CyberBass which will play your part louder and you may even choose your tempo!


2017 Messiah Concert Singers:
Alice Beckstrom, Mark Beckstrom, Alexandria Belk, Amy Blackshear, Amanda Blanton, Hannah Blanton, Cathy Bonifay, Megan Bower, Lynne Chandler, Stazie Church, Brad Cockrell, Melody Drinkard, Jane Greaves, Brooke Hadlock, Drew Hausen, Joseph Hausen, Cynthia Jarrett, David May, Mark McDonald, Mary Lou McDonald, Rachel McDonald, Tricia Moffa, Jack Mohr, Susan Perez, Aaron Pitt, Alan Pitt, Luke Prizer, Brian Stimpson, Mandilyn Stimpson, Tamara Weaver, Karen Weidmann
2017 The Forgotten Carols Singers:
Desiree Aguilar, Alice Beckstrom, Amy Blackshear, Amanda Blanton, Hannah Blanton, Cathy Bonifay, Lynne Chandler, Stazie Church, Jeannie Cornia, Melody Drinkard, Brooke Hadlock, Colby Hazard, Aubry Jarman, Bethany Jarman, Bryan Jarman, Wendie Jarman, David May, Mark McDonald, Mary Lou McDonald, Rachel McDonald, Tricia Moffa, Alexandra Newberry, Susan Perez, Aaron Pitt, Alan Pitt, Thomas Pitt, Luke Prizer, Jordan Ridderhof, Gabriel Sanchez, Brian Stimpson, Mandilyn Stimpson, Tamara Weaver, Karen Weidmann
Forgotten Carols NOTES:

Nov 9, 2017

Hi everyone, great, first rehearsal tonight and a GREAT group of performers! Tyler Castleton took time out of his busy schedule to greet us and thank us. He also said that we can have TWO comps instead of just one. He left a lot of beautiful posters and flyers to use to invite friends (and earn our FREE, signed CD) and you can also give friends the discount code to save money on their tickets (Use the code: ForgottenCarols10 for 10% off additional tickets, and use the code: 2017Group is for 15% off orders with 10 or more tickets.).  

Tyler’s suggestion is for us to keep listening to and singing along with the cast recordings. Here’s some notes on each song:

1.Handel’s Dream: When the song is 12/8 sing with a bouncy beat; 123 123 123 123. FYI: The middle of bar 11 rit, middle of bar 12 molto rit, also bar 12 is sung in unison (men, notes 5&6 should be “B”, “C”). Next entrance at bar 35 is at 2:12 of the cast recording. Bar 42-end the song is in key of G. Sing the notes as written, just DO NOT add a C#! (Sing along with the recording and you’ll be fine.) Bar 44-47 is the trickiest… Listen to recording and try to count out your rhythm.
2.Three Kings: Very different style, match the choir on the recording. If you want to skip some of the solo, bar 33 is at 1:39 of the recording, and bar 57 is at 2:42 of the recording and the repeat is at 3:24.
3.Arise: Gospel style, again, listen and match the choir on the recording. Count the song in 2 and it’ll be much easier to hear and feel your beat! We enter at 3:03 of the cast recording. 
4.12-25, 365 (the encore)- just sing with the recording


And finally, remember that the music is to be memorized… try to have it on your phone, play on your computer, etc. I’ll attach MP3’s of the Cast Recordings only for those that don’t like DropBox. However, if you like to hear your note played along with the recording, I’ve made and attached those files on DropBox link for the Sheet Music and MP3's.
Please contact me with any questions and if you need to miss a rehearsal… we want to be so good and get enough people to come to the performance that the production team will want to return here and make this a new tradition for the Midland-Odessa area!!!

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General Questions/Answers/Information:

Rehearsals at (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4805 Gateway St, Midland, TX 79707), 
8:35-9:05 PM on Nov 9, 16 (and if needed) Nov 30  
7:00-8:00 PM on Dec 7 and Dec. 12.  

There's a DropBox link for the Sheet Music and MP3's. Please print out your own music, and listen to it and try to sing along and our rehearsals can be focused on unifying our sound and being a real show-choir!

The performance order of our songs: Handel's Dream, Three Kings, Arise & Shine Forth, 12/25 – 365 (the Encore)

Handel’s Dream- has a mistake in the score: at measure 43 the key changes to Key of G.

Three Kings- page 5, 2nd line says “repeat measures 68071 as directed”. I should state to repeat M 75-78.

Arise- The first page says “2nd time solo” which refers to the 2nd time the soloist sings Arise (on the cast recording the choir enters around 3:06.)

How will they be standing on the stage? Risers? Do you have them standing in specific part order for the show? Do they have any movement that they need to learn?  The choir is seated backstage at the beginning of the show. When it's their time to sing, our stage hands will guide them on-stage, and they will stand on different levels of stairs & platforms. After each song they sing, they are led back off-stage. Their placement on stage will be determined during the short rehearsal before the show, when they'll have an opportunity to rehearse getting on and off stage. 

I assume the choir members will be at the theatre from 5:00 for the dress rehearsal until the end of the performance. How does dinner work? Will they have a break to eat? Is that meal provided or do I need to coordinate that? Can food be brought into the venue?  You will get a more detailed schedule soon, but we'll ask the choir to be at the venue by 4:45, ready for a 5:00 PM rehearsal. The choir will have a dinner break between 6 - 7 PM. No meal is provided, but choir members can walk to nearby places for dinner, or they can bring a lunch/dinner with them. Food is totally fine in the choir rehearsal room / greenroom.