2021 NVHS 3rd Quarter Voice Hearings

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2021-2022 NVHS Curricular Choir Placements

REVISED: NOTICE UPDATES IN RED

OVERVIEW:

 

All curricular NVHS choir students will perform a five-part individual, graded 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing. Three of the components (comprising “Set 1”) will be performed during choir or option with a director during 3rd quarter no later than March 26th. The remaining two components will be recorded and submitted electronically to Google Classroom by January 31st. For current students grades 9, 10, and 11, these voice hearings will also serve as the means of placement for the 2021-2022 curricular choirs. The 3rd Quarter voice hearing will consist of the following five components:

THE 5 COMPONENTS:

Set 1 of 2

PERFORMED IN CLASS/OPTION AS ASSIGNED BY DIRECTORS NO LATER THAN MARCH 26th

 

  1. Be prepared to perform all four types of triads

  2. Be prepared to perform the major scale and three forms of the minor scales

  3. Be prepared to perform a sight-singing melody

Set 2 of 2

VIDEO RECORDINGS DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY JANUARY 31, 9PM

4. Video record an excerpt of the National Anthem

5. Video record an excerpt from In Virtute Tua

 

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STUDENTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE SPECIFIC DETAILS, HELP MP3 FILES, AND RUBRICS FOR EACH OF THE REQUIREMENTS BELOW:

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1. Be prepared to perform all four types of triads (performed during choir/options as determined by directors no later than March 26th)

 

Each student should be prepared to perform all four (4) root position triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented).  The teacher will randomly select and provide pitches D, E or F as the root tones.  Different root pitches may be provided for the various triads.  The triads must be performed on solfege.  A study guide for the triads using all three possible root pitches is found in the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing information packet here.  While time in classes will be spent on triad, scale, and sight-singing preparation starting the week of January 4, students are highly encouraged to practice and prepare on their own. Practice MP3 recordings for the triads are found below:

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “D”

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “E”

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “F”

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2. Be prepared to perform the major scale and three forms of the minor scales (performed during choir/options as determined by directors no later than March 26th)

Each student should be prepared to sing the major scale and the three minor scales.  Sopranos/Tenors will sing F Major and D minor.  Altos/Basses will sing Db Major and Bb minor.  The three minor scales are natural, harmonic or melodic.  The scales must be performed on solfege.  The scales will be sung one octave up and down with the top note sung only once.  Please choose to perform in the voice part that you currently sing in choir.  While time in classes will be spent on triad, scale, and sight-singing preparation starting the week of January 4, students are highly encouraged to practice and prepare on their own.. A study guide for the major and three types of minor scales is found in the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing information packet here.  Practice MP3 recordings of the scales are found below: 

F MAJOR SCALE (SOPRANO/TENOR)

D NATURAL MINOR SCALE (SOPRANO/TENOR)

D HARMONIC MINOR SCALE (SOPRANO/TENOR)

D MELODIC MINOR SCALE (SOPRANO/TENOR)

 

D-FLAT MAJOR SCALE (ALTO/BASS)

B-FLAT NATURAL MINOR SCALE (ALTO/BASS)

B-FLAT HARMONIC MINOR SCALE (ALTO/BASS)

B-FLAT MELODIC MINOR SCALE (ALTO/BASS)

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3. Be prepared to perform a sight-singing melody (performed during choir/options as determined by directors no later than March 26th)

Each student will study, rehearse, and perform a 4-measure sight-singing melody selected from a sheet of melodies that will be provided prior to class. Students are welcome to study the melodies in advance of class but they will not know which specific melody they are being assigned until their specific assessment. At that time, the student will be provided the key center and first pitch, and 40 seconds to practice to excerpt out loud before performing.  The student will be given the key center and first pitch again after the 40 second practice period and before performing.  Students will be awarded 1 point for accurate pitches, and 1 point for accurate rhythms in each half-measure, for a total of 16 possible points.

 

The sight-singing excerpt will be provided in both treble and bass clef.  Students are expected to evaluate the score, determine "do" on their own, and demonstrate a strategy of practicing the excerpt.  Students are encouraged to use solfege syllables and handsigns.  Accidentals (sharps and flats) are eligible to be used in the sight-singing excerpt. While time in classes will be spent on triad, scale, and sight-singing preparation starting the week of January 4, students are highly encouraged to practice and prepare on their own. Students are also encouraged to use their subscription to Sight Reading Factory as a means of preparing this component of the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing.

 

An example of a typical sight-singing excerpt can be found in the voice hearing information packet here.

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4. Video record an excerpt of the National Anthem (Due to Google Classroom Jan. 31, 9pm)

Students should rehearsal and prepare the following excerpt (lyrics below) of the National Anthem in one of the following three keys (student may choose their key):

High - Key of C (Starting Pitch: G) – CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO PROMPT

Medium - Key of B-Flat (Starting Pitch: F) – CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO PROMPT

Low - Key of A-Flat (Starting Pitch: E-Flat) – CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO PROMPT

 

"Whose broad stripes and bright stars,

          thro' the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watch'd,

          Were so gallantly streaming?

 

And the rockets' red glare,

          The bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro' the night

          That our flag was still there."

Students will submit a video recording of their performance in Google Classroom. Student performance will be assessed using the National Anthem performance rubric which can be found by clicking here. Up to 5 minutes of each class period, starting the week of January 4, will be devoted to helping students prepare their National  Anthem performance.

Please note: Performance should be performed acapella (unaccompanied), and students cannot be listening to any audio track while performing the excerpt.

 

Students should submit their video recording in Google Classroom by 9pm on Sunday, January 31st

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5. Video record an excerpt from In Virtute Tua (Due to Google Classroom Jan. 31, 9pm)

 

Each student will prepare and submit a video recording of an excerpt from "In Virtute Tua" by Grezegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (click here for the packet which contains the printed music).

 

Students should perform the voice part that they currently sing in choir (or the part that showcases their voice the best).  Please note, with regard to 2021-2022 choir placement, students will not necessarily be “locked in” to the voice part in which they perform in this recording when starting their assigned curricular ensemble next fall.  For example, it is possible that a student who submits a recording this 3rd Quarter as an alto may actually sing soprano the next fall in their assigned ensemble because it is deemed to be vocally appropriate.   

In the video recording, students should sing with this “In Virtute Tua - All Parts” MP3, which must be audible in the video recording. In other words, students must use a separate playback device for the recording and use a second device for the video recording. Students should not be wearing any headphones or ear buds while performing.

 

Students should sing from the brackets on the score.  Student performance will be assessed using the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing Performance Rubric (found here). While up to 15 minutes of each choir class period be devoted to teaching this excerpt, starting the week of January 4, students are highly encouraged to practice prepare on their own.MP3 practice tracks are available below:

 

In Virtute Tua - All Parts (this is the recording to be used in the submitted video)

In Virtute Tua - Soprano Only

In Virtute Tua - Parts without Soprano

In Virtute Tua - Alto Only

In Virtute Tua - Parts without Alto

In Virtute Tua - Tenor Only

In Virtute Tua - Parts without Tenor

In Virtute Tua - BassOnly

In Virtute Tua - Parts without Bass

 

Students should submit their video recording in Google Classroom by 9pm on Sunday, January 31st

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