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NPAS Calendar 2017-2018 Season
Monday, August 7 - Auditions for New Members 4-6 PM First UMC, Covington
Monday, August 7 - First Rehearsal 7-9 PM First UMC, Covington
Saturday, August 12 - Annual Retreat 9 am - 3 pm Southeastern Louisiana University
Bound for Glory - Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 PM Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
Bound for Glory - Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 PM Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mandeville
NPAS will perform some of the most well known spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Rollo Dillworth, and Brazeal Dennard including Ride On King Jesus, Great Day, and Music Down in My Soul. The ensemble will also perform new and exciting arrangments of This Little Light of Mine, Dry Bones, and My Lord What A Mornin'.
Here We Come A-Caroling- Friday, December 8 7:00 PM Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mandeville
Here We Come A-Caroling - Sunday, December 10 2:00 PM Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell
NPAS will carol into the night at our December performance singing carols you will all be familiar with such as Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella, Silent Night, Carol of the Bells and The Little Drummer Boy. Then we will sing some interesting and fun arrangements of other well known carols like Deck the Halls in 7/8, Silver Bells and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. It should be a wonderful evening of Holiday caroling.
Date Night with NPAS - Saturday, February 17 6:30 PM Abita Quail Farm
Bring your closest friend to "Date Night with NPAS." Enjoy a full dinner at the Abita Quail Farm during which you will be serenaded by solos duets, trios and quartets from the NPAS ensemble. The dessert will be accompanied by a NPAS concert of love songs. Some of our favorite choral arrangements will be sung about the topic of love including Morten Lauriden's Dirait-on, The Beatles All You Need Is Love, Rene Clausen's Set Me As a Seal and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Changes Everything.
Revolutionaries of Rock-n-Roll - Friday, May 25 7:30 PM Greater Covington Center
Revolutionaries of Rock-n-Roll - Sunday, May 27 3:00 PM Greater Covington Center
Our final concert of the season features the founders of Rock-n-Roll including Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Queen and many more. Favorite tunes from the times are Rock Around the Clock, Can't Help Falling in Love, Jailhouse Rock, Shake Rattle and Roll and many more.
Women: Women: NPAS-specific black floor-length dress with matching over jacket. Black closed-toe shoes and black hose.
Men: Tuxedo. Black vest or cummerbund and black bow tie. Black shoes and socks.
A Singer’s Guide To Marking their Music
1. Number the measures.
2. Highlight your part IF you own your own music.
3. Circle notes or place an X above pitches or rhythms you miss or have difficulty with.
4. Write in any special accents, phrase markings, or dynamics given by the conductor during.
+ marks the peak of a phrase.
< (accent) means to accent the note and then immediately decay.
_ (tenuto) over a note means to length the note.
(staccato) mean to shorten the note.
ff=fortissimo = very loud
pp=pianissimo = very soft
mf=mezzo forte=medium loud
mp=mezzo piano = medium soft
5. Write in where to breathe and where NOT to breathe.
͡ between two notes = no breath.
| between two notes = quarter note breath.
√ between two notes = 8th note breath.
^ between two notes = lift.
6. If you are having difficulty finding a starting pitch, find where to get your pitch from and draw a line between that pitch and your starting pitch.
7. Write in descriptive words used by the conductor such as: tall, round, dark, lyric, light, open, etc.
8. Underline stressed syllables.
9. Circle consonants under notes for enunciation which need to be crisper and stronger.
10. Draw a line to show where the consonants actually occur.
Do Not Stand With Me
11. Use upward and downward arrows to indicate intonation issues.
12.Mark if the tempo is going to speed up or slow down.
Slowing is usually marked with “Ritard” and a squiggly line.~~~
Accelerating is usually marked with an arrowfoward.→→
*** There are many more elements of the music that can be marked, but it is best if you devise your own system. Write down what works for you and what YOU will remember.
The following membership guidelines maintain the highest standards of musicianship, performance artistry, and personal discipline:
1. Acceptance of membership in NPAS implies a commitment to participate in all scheduled concerts unless personal circumstances prevent your participation.
2. Be present at every rehearsal. Missing singers are a problem to a choral ensemble. Even when an absence is prearranged, the group chemistry is changed and you are missed. Part of the ensembles' job is to work on their blending of voices, vowels, and intonation. When one member is absent it changes the entire dynamic of those efforts.
a. Members may not miss more than three of the scheduled Monday evening rehearsals (prior to the first dress rehearsal) in order to perform in upcoming concerts.
b. A sign-in sheet is prepared for each concert program and includes all scheduled rehearsals and performances. Please initial in the box by your name for each rehearsal date. No one can initial for someone else. The Music Director will speak to you if you miss two rehearsals.
c. Dress rehearsals are MANDATORY. Singers who miss the dress rehearsal will not be allowed to perform in the concert.
d. Exceptions to these guidelines must be approved individually by the Music Director.
3. Each NPAS member is not only a singer, but also a financial supporter. Membership dues are $150 per season and may be paid in one or two instalments prior to the first concert. NPAS has a policy of reducing or waiving fees for anyone unable to pay. Those singers should bring their requests to the Treasurer. Dues must be paid by the third rehearsal of the season.
Be PRESENT and ENGAGED
1. Be on time. Rehearsals begin at 7:00 PM. Be in your seat early. Every singer’s time lost impacts the group. For example if 12 members are 5 minutes late at some point, an entire hour of rehearsal is wasted.
2. Bring music and a pencil to every rehearsal.
3. Use your pencil in rehearsal annotating so that mistakes are not repeated.
4. Talking should be kept to a minimum with most comments directed to the conductor.
5. Fellowship is wonderful when enjoyed in an appropriate and timely fashion. Choral members should learn to enjoy camaraderie before and after rehearsal and during rehearsal breaks. Too much fellowship during rehearsal times will result in a lack of focus.
6. Prepare music in advance whenever given the opportunity.
7. No gum during rehearsal and keep water in a sealable container.
8. Turn off your cell phone before entering the rehearsal area.
9. Please do not refresh cologne, perfume, lotion, or other scents before attending rehearsal.
1. In consideration of other singers with allergies or sensitive noses, singers are asked not to wear perfume, cologne, shave lotion, or other scents (deodorant is encouraged, however).
2. Music must be hole punched and carried in a black folder.
3. During solos in the concert, singers should keep their focus out into the audience and NOT follow along in their music.
4. No talking on stage during the concert.
5. Turn off all cell phones and beepers.
Music Return Policy
Music must be returned to NPAS within 30 days of the concert. Following these 30 days an invoice will be sent to the singer for the cost of the music. Future membership in NPAS will be withheld if the invoice is unpaid.
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