Bronwyn Edwards and John Lehrack team up to bring a wealth of musicianship and vocal, conducting and instrumental expertise to the choir.
Bronwyn Edwards describes herself as a musical catalyst -- someone who strives to create musical opportunities for singers and instrumentalists of all levels and abilities. Bron is an accomplished pianist, private teacher of piano, theory and guitar, composer, mentor and performer. Her choral music compositions have been publicly commissioned and performed in Seattle's Benaroya Hall. She was the featured solo pianist at Seattle-Tacoma International airport from 2007-2015 during the holiday season. Bron is a mentor to young musicians, and has served as Music Director at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, for the past 10 years, where she not only directs the choir but takes an entrepreneurial role to bring both recognized artists and local musicians to the community through concerts and events. Bron's favorite composers are Debussy, Ravel, (well, any of the French impressionist composers, really!) George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. In the choral world, Bron loves the music of the classical period (Bach and Handel), as well as contemporary composers such as Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Barnum, to name a few.
John Lehrack was formerly the Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College where he led the choral program and taught voice, music theory and music fundamentals. John is also the Music Director and Organist at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Edmonds. In his spare time, John is the proprietor of Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret, a new venue that will be opening soon in Seattle. Keep tabs at www.DorothysPianoBar.com. John has appeared with numerous choral groups, orchestras, opera companies and theatre groups in Washington, Hawaii, California, New York and Florida including San Francisco City Summer Opera, the Solano Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Na Leo Nahenahe, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco and many more. John is a versatile musician who loves most types of music; preferring to listen to dance, pop and Hawaiian, sing musical theatre, cabaret and French art song and play Debussy, Brahms, Haydn and Liszt. He lives in-between Ballard and Phinney Ridge with his two dogs and cat.
Bronwyn Edwards and John Lehrack will be back to lead you through a fun program of Gilbert and Sullivan's lively operetta choruses (be prepared for some tongue-twisting lyrics!) and some classic Broadway songs, and the song "Rain" from the not-so-classic and definitely-NOT-Broadway musical "Age only matters if you're cheese."
This program promises to be light-hearted, full of energy, and offers you the perfect lift out of the winter darkness.
Rehearsal Schedule for Winter Quarter - all rehearsals from 7 to 9 pm
Rehearsal 1: Monday, January 9, 2018 in RS80 at South Seattle College
Rehearsal 2: Monday January 15 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, West Seattle
Rehearsal 3: Monday January 22
Rehearsal 4: Monday January 29
Rehearsal 5: Monday February 5
Rehearsal 6: Monday February 12
Monday February 19 (Presidents Day holiday) - no choir
Rehearsal 7: Monday February 26
Rehearsal 8: Monday March 5
Rehearsal 9: Monday March 12
Final rehearsal 10: Monday March 19, possibly in Olympic Hall
Sunday March 25 at 7 pm, assume Olympic Hall for now
Monday March 26 somewhere in the local community, time and place TBA
Fall quarter performance of "Luminous Night of the Soul" by Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC
NEW to singing in a choir and/or reading music?
Here is a YouTube video introduction to understanding the basics of reading notes and rhythm which you may find helpful. Created by Tim Hansen, I think it's a great explanation for a beginner about the nuts and bolts of music. Enjoy!
Everything you wanted to know about music theory - ONLINE and FREE at sonicfit.com
Try to work through these lessons and exercises a little each week and it will make a big difference to your choir experience!
Thanks to our former choir director, Paula Herd, for directing me to this very helpful resource.
Remember, becoming a good sight reader of music requires a little practice every day!
REHEARSAL PARTS - MP3 recordings
1. RAIN (from Age Only Matters If You're Cheese)
Please note there is a backing track of the entire choir behind each of the voice parts. The backing track is turned down to a very low level. Wait until you hear your voice part before you turn up the volume - it's much louder than the backing track, which is just to give you a point of reference if for example your part has a long period of rests.
Also, for those of you new to the choir, if you are a tenor, baritone or bass, you MAY hear my voice transposed down because I can't sing that low. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it's the best way for me to give you your part at its true pitch.
PLEASE - as always - email me if you having any issues with these files. I don't have time to listen to them all through and sometimes I make mistakes! Thanks everyone.
Part 3. TA-RAN-TA-RA and GO YE HEROES (pages 7 through 16)
CORRECTION to SOPRANO 2 score:
Page 15, measure 150. The last note in the measure should be B, not C. So the measure should read "rest, C, C, B" - B is the next note down. I have recorded it correctly.