Soprano Resources

Spring 2024

Soprano Section Leaders – Cyndy Balyozian, Jai San Antonio, Joyce Nichols

  • Send an email to: sopranoresource@mysticchorale.org

Get the Most Out of  Our Resources!

Resources abound for making the most of the season. Scroll down to review the roadmaps for each song. Visit the Vocal and Musical Instruction page to take advantage of  a wealth of information.

Practice Session, April 23

  • There will be a practice session at 6:30 p.m. on April 23 in the Vestry. If you have a specific question or request as to what you want to review,  before the practice session, send an email to: sopranoresource@mysticchorale.org.

Song Clarifications (from April 16 rehearsal)

  • For “Seasons of Love”, p.50, measure 71, the text should say “midnights” not “minutes” – even though on the recording they sing “minutes.”
  • For “Turn Around”, p.25, measures 126 and 130, it should be “Ah—” as written, not “oo—” as sung on the practice CD.

Sectional Recording

Pre-Rehearsal Reviews

Dates for optional sectional rehearsals to be decided.

Practice Audios

It’s piano only and follows our sheet music, including the rhythm for the “swing” section.

It’s the same as the audio already on the Practice Audios webpage. It’s included here, too, in case someone prefers something to look at.

Roadmaps

Below are roadmaps for this season’s songs.

Tips for Sopranos

Always be aware of the beat (the “pulse”) of the music, whether it’s with tapping your foot,
slapping your leg or watching the director.

For some songs the beats are in groups of 3, like a waltz. Count: 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, etc.For most other songs the beats are in groups of 4. Count: 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, etc.

For more on how to count music, see Nick Page’s “Music Reading Tips” lines 14 and 18. You may also find his “Singing 101” helpful.

How To Read a Roadmap

Soprano lyrics are in boldface; other lyrics, if they appear, are in parentheses.

Dashes — — after words indicate how many beats to hold that note, counting the word or syllable itself.

Dashes in parentheses (——) indicate how many beats of rest, beats of silence.

For example:

Turn around and you’re a young girl goin’ out of my door——. (——) Turn around—— ——, turn around—— ———,

The word “door” is held for a total of 3 beats, counting the word itself. There’s a 2 beat rest (silence) before the word “Turn.” The syllable “round” is held for a total of 5 beats; the next “round” is held for 6 beats.

Listen to the recording and tap your foot (slap your leg) and always feel the pulse of the music.

Sometimes there’s a short dash – indicating a half-beat. If it’s before a word, it indicates a half-beat rest before the word and the word starts on the upbeat, when your foot or hand is up. If the short dash is after a word, that word is held slightly (for a half-beat).

For example:

-In daylights, -in sunsets, -in midnights, in cups- of coffee;

Joyce has underlined the syllables on the downbeat, when your foot or hand is down. This is called syncopation and is best learned by listening and feeling.

Have fun singing and listening!