Yesterday's rehearsal was a good, hard-working session. The rehearsal began with a survey of 6 philosophical camps of choral music. Since the function of the Lab Choir is to respond to the gesture of different conductors, it's useful for the Lab Choir to recognize the background of differing choral aesthetics. As the rehearsal proceeded we identified which rehearsal technique supported which camp. My goal is to have them recognize and respond instantaneously by next Saturday.
We drilled a lot of those difficult spots in Jubilate Deo a 8 - we can't be flexible without a firm foundation. Amazingly, the ensemble is coming together. Not many high school groups can put together a concert in four rehearsals! Our last one will be next Sunday.