Rehearsal Agenda December 13, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to preparing with you to lead Chanukah services this Friday 12/15. Here’s a slightly updated cue sheet (replaced the Wavin’ Flag version of Ma’oz Tzur with the traditional version): Cue Sheet 2017 12 15v2

Here’s the approach to Brave. If we can get it to sound good tonight, wonderful! If not, we’ll replace it with something we know better. If you want to sing it, keep studying your part with the learning tracks here: Brave.

Note that the schedule below now goes through June.

Much love,
James

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 8:10: Brave
  • 8:10 – 8:15: Business – Reboot music committee, calendar review
  • 8:15 – 8:50: Review entire service
  • 8:50 – 8:57: revisit Brave, if we’re still doing it
  • 8:57 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services
  • 01/10 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/17 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 01/19 – 6:30 call services
  • 02/07 – 7 pm rehearsal (no James)
  • 02/21 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 02/23 – 6:30 call services with Billy
  • 03/07 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/14 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 03/16 – 6:30 call services with Billy
  • 04/11 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 04/20 – 6:30 call services with Sarah Kim
  • 05/09 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/16 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 05/18 – 6:30 call services with Sarah Kim
  • 06/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 06/15 – 6:30 call services with Sarah Kim

Rehearsal Agenda December 8, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

So excited to sing with you again tonight! We’ll be preparing for leading Chanukah services on 12/15. Here’s the draft cue sheet: Cue Sheet 2017 12 15

Ma’oz Tzur/Wavin’ Flag is back – it won’t die. Here are learning tracks: Ma’oz Tzur/Wavin’ Flag New people, you’ve got 10 days… go!!!

And everyone keep learning your part of Brave.

Much love,
James

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 8:10: Brave
  • 8:10 – 8:15: Business – Reboot music committee, calendar review
  • 8:15 – 8:35: Ma’oz Tzur/Wavin’ Flag
  • 8:35 – 8:50: Quick reviews of Rossi, Let There Be Light, Mi Chamocha (to the tune of Ma’oz Tzur)
  • 8:50 – 8:57: revisit Brave
  • 8:57 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

 

  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Rehearsal Agenda November 8, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

Those of you who were able to make it last week got a surprise: a new/old James arrangement. I strongly feel that this is a good song to have in our heads at the moment. Though we have a little time to learn it, it’s a challenge. So it would be great if you would download the learning tracks to help you learn your part while you’re driving, walking, etc.

Get the sheet music and all the learning tracks here: Brave

This week, we’ll focus on polishing up Brotherhood service for Friday. Here’s the draft cue sheet (might get tweaked): Cue Sheet 2017-11-10 Brotherhood

Much love,
James

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 8:10: Work through the cue sheet
  • 8:10 – 8:15: Business – calendar review, etc.
  • 8:15 – 8:55: Work on Brave
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Rehearsal agenda November 1, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

You did a phenomenal job whipping together the service last Friday! I thought “Seasons of Love” went great – a congregant told me they got teary. Success!

We get two whole rehearsals in a row before we support Brotherhood Veteran’s Day service on November 10th. We may also start work on the December 15th Chanukah service!

Looking forward to singing with you this Wednesday night!!

Much love,
James

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 7:50: Work through the cue sheet
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business – calendar review, etc.
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Work through the cue sheet
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Services October 27, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Friday 27th) at 6:30 pm for a warmup and quick touch-up before we lead services!

Here’s the final cue sheet: Cue Sheet 2017 10 27

Between now and then, you may want to review Seasons of Love: Seasons of Love – Rent (Music Video) – YouTube

Reminders: wear black/white/silver/grey; no perfume/cologne; drink lots of water starting now!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Rehearsal agenda October 25, 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

We’ve got a magical rehearsal coming up tomorrow – I can feel it in my bones. We’re going to craft an amazing musical support to Jaiden Bluth’s bat mitzvah evening this Friday 10/27! Here’s our starting point (DRAFT not final): DRAFT Cue Sheet 20171027

Between now and rehearsal, make sure to check out “Seasons of Love” which we’ll do as a Kaddish anthem: 0809_Seasonsoflove  Here is a Youtube video: Seasons of Love – Rent (Music Video) – YouTube

Much love,
James

Rehearsal agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:00: Get settled and schmooze time!
  • 7:00 – 7:20: Focusing, warmup, and vocal coaching
  • 7:20 – 7:50: Learn Seasons of Love
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Business – calendar review, etc.
  • 8:00 – 8:55: Select and polish the rest of the choir pieces
  • 8:55 – 9:00: Closing prayers

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

In Lieu of rehearsal tonight

Dear Kol Simcha,

At our rehearsal next week, we’ll learn the chorus to “Seasons of Love” from Rent, as requested by the Bat Mitzvah, for services 10/27. Sarah Kim will do the solo parts.

Here is the sheet music for the edited version we will do: 0809_Seasonsoflove

Here is a Youtube video, which represents the proper form and cut:

Since there’s no rehearsal tonight, perhaps you could take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with it. That will help us when we learn it next week!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Hard Lox 2017

Dear Kol Simcha,

I’m having trouble gushing about you enough. What you did for High Holidays was simply transcendent. Over and over again, you hit your technical marks (tone, tuning, togetherness) and then unlocked the magic (artistry and awe). Several times I had to stop singing because I either had the chills, or I was choked up.

Now we get to have a ton of fun singing at Hard Lox! Here’s the set list: Hard Lox 2017 Set List. It’s shorter than in years past.

*** Note: we have a special guest accompanist, who is bringing along a special guest instrumentalist. If you want to know who they are, see you there! ***

I’m not bringing your music, so if you’d like it, please arrange to bring it. (You know me, I’d prefer if you didn’t – I’d rather have the audience see your eyes than have you get every note right. However, no worries if you’d like to hold it.)

What to wear: anything you want. Often we favor Hard Lox apparel, but it’s by no means a requirement. In general it’s good to dress in layers for Hard Lox, as the temperature tends to swing from quite cold to quite warm over the day.

Call is at 11:00 in front of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. We take the stage at 11:30, and hand it to Shir Tephila around 11:50.

Finally, there’s no rehearsal this week, as I’m in San Francisco on Weds. We’ll rely on our excellent preparation, doused with some adrenaline, to deliver a stellar performance once again!

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 10/15 – 11 am call for 11:30 set at Hard Lox
  • 10/18 – James traveling, so rehearsal is TBD but not likely
  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

Yom Kippur cue sheets

Dear Kol Simcha,

Apologies for the multiple emails, and remember no rehearsal tonight. Here are the cue sheets for Yom Kippur:

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold)

  • 9/20 – 6:30 pm call Erev RH
  • 9/21 – 9 am call RH Day 1
  • 9/22 – 9 am call RH Day 2
  • 9/24 – 2 pm Tech rehearsal
  • 9/29 – 6:30 call Kol Nidre
  • 9/30 – 9 am call YK
  • 10/15 – 11 am call for 11:30 set at Hard Lox
  • 10/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services

NO Choir rehearsal Sept 13. Only HHD ensemble.

Dear Kol Simcha,

As we agreed on Sunday, you are sounding strong and beautiful. To avoid “over-rehearsing” (that’s actually a thing, when choirs get bored and go on autopilot) and to give the ensemble chance to catch up, Vance and I would like you to have the night off! Rest up.

NOTE that the call time has changed for Selichot! We will meet at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Here are the cue sheets for Selichot and Rosh Hashanah:

S’lichot cue sheet

RH PM Outline

RH AM 1

RH AM 2

Much love,
James

Choir Schedule (services in bold). Countdown to High Holidays in parentheses. Names afterwards are additional people at the rehearsal – everything listed here is for the Kol Simcha choir.

  • 9/16 – 7:00 pm call – Selichot
  • 9/17 – 2 pm Tech rehearsal
  • 9/20 – 6:30 pm call Erev RH
  • 9/21 – 9 am call RH Day 1
  • 9/22 – 9 am call RH Day 2
  • 9/24 – 2 pm Tech rehearsal
  • 9/29 – 6:30 call Kol Nidre
  • 9/30 – 9 am call YK
  • 10/15 – 11 am call for 11:30 set at Hard Lox
  • 10/18 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/25 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 10/27 – 6:30 call services
  • 11/01 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/08 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 11/10 – 6:30 call services
  • 12/06 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/13 – 7 pm rehearsal
  • 12/15 – 6:30 call services