John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Musical musings

I had my re-audition for the Cathedral Choral Society last night. I was kind of worried going into it, but it turned out to be no big deal. First the accompanist took us (we re-audition in groups, so there was another tenor there with me) through some warm-ups, to hear and evaluate our upper and lower ranges. Then we were asked to take out our Mozart scores and sing a passage from the Kyrie. A simple passage, in my opinion, though when it was my turn to sing I completely forgot about the German pronunciations and sang it with ecclesiastic pronunciation instead. Whoops. We then were asked to sing a slightly more difficult passage from the Gloria. And that was it. I don't know for sure, but I suspect I'll be allowed to sing with the group next season. Go me!

In retrospect, it was silly of me to worry. We were being auditioned on a piece we just performed two weeks ago, so it's not like I was unfamiliar with the music. And frankly, the chorus -- all choruses, really -- is perpetually short on tenors. If I was an alto or a soprano, or perhaps even a bass, I don't know that I would have passed the audition in the first place. I know I tend to be self-deprecating at times, but I'm being serious here: tenors have it much easier than any other voice part. We're a rare breed.

There's one more concert remaining this season. On May 18, we'll perform the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and the Schrecker Psalm 116. (The Rheinberger Organ concerto in F Major is on the program too, but of course I won't be singing that.) Should be a good show, if you like florid German Romanticism. I was not planning to do this concert -- I had decided to go to Wisconsin to visit my sister and attend a Buffycon instead -- but the con has now been cancelled, so I'll push the Wisconsin trip to Memorial Day weekend and so the concert. Unfortunately, I'm now a week behind, because I didn't get the news about the cancellation until this morning, so I skipped last night's rehearsal. Oh well.

I'm still waiting for news on our summer concerts. The last two summers, we've done shows with the National Symphony at Wolf Trap, but I don't know if we'll be doing so again. Hope so; performing at the Filene Center is a trip. On the other hand, it might be nice to have the summer off. Time will tell.

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