St. Andrew Church Choir
April 12, 2020: Palm Sunday
Please Join the Choir's Rehearsal this Coming Sunday!
Use the links below to login for the rehearsal. There are 2 links for 2 rehearsals which will run back-to-back and last 60 minutes (there is a 40-minute time limit on meetings with 3 or more participants).
Picture at right was taken on Palm Sunday! Georgia Karafotias of Blessed Memory organized the Choir Federation awards and Presbytera Kiki Kalomas & Dr. Irina Riazanova received them that day.
Vocal Technique Review
From March 29
Vowel purity and placement of: ee, eh, ah, oh, oo
Connection of vowels through sustained tone (legato singing)
Jaw & tongue in relaxed, neutral position, mouth open
From April 5
Lower abdominal breathing called diaphragmatic breathing–no shoulder movement, high rib position
Connection of breathing to tone production
Use of full vocal capacity through proper breathing
Facial posture, inside smile
Continuation of vowel production
Classification of consonants
Basics of good diction
Virtual Choir Guidelines
PLEASE LISTEN/VIEW THE VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEOS BELOW.
Here are the instructions for your recording of the Paschal Hymns:
1) select the voice part you would like to sing for each piece (melody treble, ison treble, melody bass or ison bass);
2) listen to the click track from your phone with headphones (preferably in-ear headphones) and practice singing the 4 pieces;
3) when you are ready to record yourself, decide on your background could be anything that is acceptable to see for the viewer (inserted backgrounds are fine although my personal preference is to have the background look real & natural);
4) you will need 2 devices: the phone from which you will listen to the click track with headphones and the desktop or laptop computer from which you will make the video recording;
5) position the screen view so that you are in the middle of the screen and your head and face are clearly visible;
6) it is very important that there is no background noise while you record;
7) practice making the recording several times so that you are pleased with your facial expression and sound quality;
8) when your final product is completed, make certain the files are in MP4 format;
9) send the files via email & post to Google Drive as listed in email to Choir; please make certain that you specify the first word (or 2 words) of the piece, voice part(s) you sang for that piece, and your first name & initial of last name (example: Hristos anesti, bass melody, Peter J.);
10) the order of pieces is: Dhefte, Tin Anastasin, Hristos anesti, Hristos voskrese;
11) your files are due by the end of this coming weekend–Sunday, April 12. They will be reviewed and combined into a virtual choir; the final product will be ready for release on Pascha.
12) women–no need to wear scarves; dress code for men & women–church elegant;
13) you can look at your music; no need to have it memorized (that's for next time); but you can position the music in front of yourself so that you are looking forward;
14) hold the last note of Hristos voskrese longer than the written note value;
15) facial expression should be as it is in church–prayerful and sincere (engaged but not theatrical); if your singing comes from the heart, your face will have the perfect expression;
If you have any questions, please contact Peter by phone or email, and I will guide you through the process.
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, Nave
St. Romanos the Melodist, Patron Saint of Orthodox Church Musicians
The Iconostasis and Mosaic of the Theotokos over the Holy Altar
Apolytikion for Palm Sunday
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the branches of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!
The Apolytikion (Troparion in the Slavic tradition) is sung before the apolysis (dismissal) at Vespers and summarizes the essence of the feast being celebrated that day.
Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!
Holy Friday Lamentations
Stasis 2: 8:40
Stasis 3: 15:00