Choral Ensemble

Welcome to Choral Ensemble.  Please bookmark this page and visit it at least once a week for important updates, links and assignments.

We will be attending “Cendrillon” at the Mira Mesa Edwards Theatres on
Saturday, April 28th!  Please meet me out in front of the theatre at 9:30AM to get your ticket.  The opera starts at 10:00AM and is 2:47 long with a 30 minute intermission.

For those of you who can’t go because of a pre-approved excuse, you are to read the study guide pgs. 1-9, then watch the opera on youtube and do the activities on pgs 39-41 (you can do these at the same time as watching or afterwards).  Since there are no English subtitles, you’ll have to do your best to follow the story based on the plot synopsis.  Activities need to be submitted NO LATER than May 4th to receive credit.


Music for 30’s concert:
Bach – Wachet auf Chorale BWV 140
all or nothing at all satb
Tallis – Verily, verily I say unto you
Schutz – Beschluss
Brahms – In stiller nacht
bel conforto al mietitore

Read this article on vibrato and be prepared to discuss:

Assignment DUE Monday, September 23 AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS:
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is this October.  This influenced society, politics and the arts, especially music.
1) Skim the Wikipedia entry on the Protestant Reformation (particularly the opening paragraphs as well as “causes” and “consequences”
2) Download the following composition by J.S. Bach, based on a hymn that Martin Luther himself composed:
Bach – ein feste burg BWV 40
3) Listen to the composition and follow along either on your voice part or try to follow each entrance of the fugue subject (yes, this is a Baroque fugue!).  I recommend this recording:
4) Be prepared to discuss:
– Bach’s compositional techniques
– The overall form of the cantata movement
– Why the Reformation was important, particularly for Bach and Germany
5) If you’re REALLY into this and want your brain to explode, listen to this Youtube video explaining the musical techniques Bach is using:

Assignment DUE Monday, September 18th:
1) Read the Wikipedia entry on the liturgical mass:

Don’t read the section on Anglican Mass

2) Using Youtube, Apple Music or Spotify, listen to the following mass movements by notable composers from different eras:
– Kyrie from Mass in C Major by L.V. Beethoven
– Gloria from Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez
– Credo from Mass No. 2 in G by Franz Schubert
– Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass in C Major “Coronation” by W.A. Mozart
– Agnus Dei from Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd

3) In three or four sentences each, give your impression of the mass movements.  Comment on the style, the texture, the voices…whatever strikes you.  This must be typed and submitted to via e-mail.

4) Pick the movement you liked the most and listen to that composer’s entire mass…or listen to all of them in their entirety!  Be ready to discuss on Monday.

Please read and download the syllabus.  Return the last two pages signed by the student and the parent/guardian.  The pages can be handed in physically or e-mailed using a signature app like SignNow.