15 June 2010
We've got a lot to look forward to with our 2010-2011 School of the Arts season. Not only will we be Disney-bound in January, but I'm looking forward to some great new things throughout the year. I want us to experiment a little with more diversified harmonies and we'll have an intensive unit in the fall about creating harmonies according to music theory harmonic rules...and then create a few arrangements of our own. Thalia dabbled in that a little this past year with "I Say a Little Prayer" and I'm looking forward to what else we'll do.
I'd like to focus a little on musical theatre history this year, so we'll look at some of the earlier stuff by Cole Porter, George Gerswhin, and the formative years of Broadway. Along with that, we'll look at some of the parlor melodramas from the turn of the century and their relation to musical comedy.
In preparation for our performances on tour, we'll be working more closely on balance and blend with a special focus on emoting. My goal is to assure that all Ensemble members have feature solos that can weave in and out of the full ensemble sound.
Last but not least, DON'T WORRY if you didn't make a deposit for the Disney tour, but think you might later change your mind. I am booking a few extra seats on the flight which can be cancelled at no charge to us before November 1. This means that everyone who joins us in the summer or early fall can still have the option to joins us for this tour (as can anyone who initially thought it would not work with their schedules and then learned it might). Unfortunately, or fortunately, our fan club is now full.