ARCHIVE - The Evergreen Singers A performing chorus of The Evergreen State College Tue, 06 Apr 2010 23:23:16 +0000 en hourly 1 ARCHIVE - Makeup Assignment for those who can’t come on May 1st Tue, 06 Apr 2010 23:23:16 +0000 elliotma If you’re unable to come to the All-Day Singing in Portland on May 1st, here is your makeup assignment.

You must complete both parts: watch a film, and attend TWO smaller regional singing sessions.

I. Research:

A. Watch the rest of Awake My Soul, the film we saw parts of in class. It will be on reserve at the TESC library.

B. OR watch Sweet is the Day, another documentary about Sacred Harp, on streaming video at,44

II.  AND Attend TWO “monthly singing” sessions of your choice:

A. In Olympia, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at Traditions Café, 5th & Water streets.  That will be April 11th & 25th and May 9th.

B. Elsewhere in the region: see , see  particularly tabs for “WA Monthly Singings” or “Oregon Monthly singings”.   Seattle info at Portland, OR info at

C. Elsewhere in the country and the world:

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ARCHIVE - The very final version of Keep Woman In Her Sphere Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:02:07 +0000 elliotma Here is the final version of  Keep Woman In Her Sphere with the new 4th verse. Note that it’s now on two pages. Right-click to download.

Keep Woman in Her Sphere p. 1

Keep Woman in Her Sphere p. 2

Keep Woman in Her Sphere p. 2

Keep Woman in Her Sphere p. 1
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ARCHIVE - Pronunciation for Gabhaim Molta Brighde Sun, 07 Feb 2010 19:55:36 +0000 elliotma Here is a link to Sean pronouncing the text for our hymn to St. Brigid. Irish text

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ARCHIVE - Audio Rehearsal tracks for Wathinta Bafazi Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:28:48 +0000 elliotma Wathinta Bafazi-tenor

Wathinta Bafazi-bass

Wathinta Bafazi-alto

Wathinta Bafazi New -sop

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ARCHIVE - Help for The Fool King Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:20:05 +0000 elliotma Dear Evergreen Singers,

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, as I did.  I’m looking forward to our last rehearsals and our performance.  I want to encourage you all to review your parts carefully so that we can make the most of our time together this coming Thursday evening.  In particular, be sure to look at the music we haven’t sung in a while, including Oh Kristeshi and the two shape-note songs.

Also, I know we’ve all been struggling with The Fool King’s Secret. I have a strategy that should help:

We will insert brief fermatas (aka holds, or “bird’s-eyes”) at several points in the score to allow us to “regroup” and get everyone back together.  I’m putting these at the points where we seem to have trouble with entrances. We’ll keep these little breaks short so we don’t interfere with the flow of the piece.  Here’s a list of where they will go, so you can go ahead and mark them in your score:

Measure No. Description

End of 7

Before the second set of hisses

End of 14

Before 1st set of “w”s

(2nd baritones continue to hiss through this pause)

End of 25

End of inhaled “w”s, just before new set of  hisses

End of 28

Just before set of overlapped hisses

End of 34

Just before set of overlapped short hisses

End of 41

Just before 1st alto “Midas”

(2nd sops continue to hiss through this pause)

Inside 42

Hold recorders’ note; I will cue in S &A on the first singing part (“Midas insulted…”)

Baritones continue to hiss through this pause.

End of 55

After “crown”, before “concealed”

End of 70

There’s already a fermata in the score here—end of unison “f”s,

End of 86

Beginning of page 9, leading into “The barber travelled…”

(2nd baritones continue to “h” through this pause.)

Inside 97

After 2nd altos last “fast”. Hold recorder note; I will cue in singing part “fast he ran…”

Baritones will continue “h” panting through this pause.

End of 111

End of “passing one”. 1st altos will hold their C through this pause. I will cue in baritones on “midas has…”

End of 126

We have a rest here, so we might as well take advantage of that to re-center.

End of 134

Also a rest here—we can gather our forces and go out strong and confident (thought quiet).

We’ll also go over these in class, but our limited time will be much better used if you review them before Thursday also. Thank you so much for your wonderful work on this challenging and wacky piece of music.  Have a great weekend. See you Thursday.


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ARCHIVE - New bass & tenor rehearsal track Sat, 10 Oct 2009 23:54:58 +0000 elliotma Oops! On the CDs passed out in class last time, the rehearsal track for the lowest part in Oh Kristeshi has errors: the lowest notes don’t play.  Here is a corrected audio track for the low part (sung by tenors & basses) in Oh Kristeshi. O KrisdeshiBOT

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ARCHIVE - Marla sings Funk in Seattle Oct. 23rd Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:13:32 +0000 elliotma My R&B band, Func Pro Tunc, will play one of its rare gigs on Friday October 23rd in Seattle.  The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum. It’s a benefit for the  Youth Development Fund, a non-profit organization that disseminates money to at-risk youth throughout the Seattle/King County area.  They are a a volunteer oranization that gives money to individual youth, groups or special projects.  The money goes to youth that have no means of raising the money on their own and can include funds for school books, bus passes, eyeglasses or tuition.

The event will be held on Friday, October 23rd starting at 6:30 pm until 11:00. There will be an extravagant sea food spread for dinner along with a variety of salads and desserts.  There will also be beer, wine and soft drinks as well as a silent auction.   Func Pro Tunc will be supplying  dance music throughout the evening.  Tickets for all this are $25 for individuals and $45 per couple.

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ARCHIVE - New Evergreen Singers web site Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:39:52 +0000 elliotma Today I’m learning to make the new Evergreen Singers web site on Wordpress.  Great stuff!

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