2020 NVHS 3rd Quarter Voice Hearings

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2020-2021 NVHS Curricular Choir Placements

OVERVIEW:

 

All curricular choir students will perform a five-part individual, graded 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing. Two of the components will be recorded and submitted electronically by January 23rd, and the remaining components will be performed live during choir or option periods starting the week of January 13th through the week of February 3rd. For current students grades 9, 10, and 11, these voice hearings will also serve as the means of placement for the 2020-2021 curricular choirs. The 3rd Quarter voice hearing will consist of:

 

 

  1. Video record an excerpt of the National Anthem (Due. Jan. 23)

  2. Video record an excerpt from Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep (Due. Jan. 23)

  3. Perform live all four types of triads

  4. Perform live the major scale and the three forms of the minor scales

  5. Perform live a sight-singing melody

 

  

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD, PRINT, AND PREPARE THE 3RD QUARTER VOICE HEARING PACKET

 

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. Video record an excerpt of the National Anthem (Due. Jan. 23)

 

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 should submit their video recording in Google Classroom by 9pm on Thursday, January 23rd.

Student performance will be assessed using the National Anthem performance rubric which can be found by clicking here.

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

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2. Video record an excerpt from Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep (Due. Jan. 23)

 

Each student will prepare and submit a video recording of the excerpt from Whether Men do Laugh or Weep by Ralph Vaughan Williams (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 2020-2021 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 either provide themselves with the accurate first pitch or use the MP3 prompt which provides the first pitch and tonal center. Students should sing from the brackets shown in the musicStudent performance will be assessed using the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing Performance Rubric (found here). MP3 recordings of the notes and rhythms for each voice part is found below:

Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep - Soprano 1

Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep - Soprano 2

Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep - Alto

Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep - Tenor

Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep - Bass

 

Please note: Performance should be performed acapella (unaccompanied), and students cannot be listening to the rehearsal track while performing the excerpt. Required temp range is Quarter Note=108-116.

 

Students should submit their video recording in Google Classroom by 9pm on Thursday, January 23rd.

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3. Perform live all four types of triads

Each student will sing 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 each of the four 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.  Recordings of the triads are found below:

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “D”

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “E”

TRIADS WITH THE ROOT “F”

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4. Perform live the major scale and the three forms of the minor scales

Each student will sing one major scale and the three forms of minor scales.  Sopranos/Tenors will sing F Major and D minor.  Altos/Basses will sing Db Major and Bb minor.  The minor scales will be the natural, harmonic and melodic forms. 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. A study guide for the major and three types of minor scales is found in the 3rd Quarter Voice Hearing information packet here.  Recordings of the scales may be 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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5. Perform live a sight-singing melody

Each student will study, rehearse, and perform a 4-measure sight-singing excerpt.  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.

 

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

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