On April 4th, the middle and high school students from choir sang a lot of songs including slow, beautiful songs and rhythmic and fun songs. As an example of the exercise pieces we normally sing, the 6th grade choir sang “Waterspout” by Trad. Canon. “Waterspout” is a round song and we sang in different parts. And to make things super duper interesting, we sang in six parts! Although some melody lines were buried by the other strong melody lines, we tried to keep our melody line and it was a great success!
The next piece we sang was “Zum Gali Gali”, an Israeli Folk Song arranged by D. Shwartz. Ms. Matsuzawa accompanied us and I think the melody of the treble part really matched up with the alto and octave parts and created a great harmony.
The third piece was “When I Close My Eyes” by Jim Papoulis, accompanied by Ms. Matsuzawa. “When I Close My Eyes” is a beautiful, soft song and I really love the lyrics. “When I close my eyes, then I can see. When I close my eyes, I’m alive….” There is also a rhythmic part in the middle which is very enjoyable to sing. “Now I am learning the magic within me and that is the reason I’m standing so tall…”
The final piece that wrapped up the 6th Grade Choir performance was “My Favourite Things” by O. Hammerstein & R. Rodgers, arranged by C. Warnick. Ms. Fortier accompanied us and I really enjoyed singing the piece as it is one of my all-time favourite songs! It has a light, fun melody and it makes me smile to sing about my favourite things! “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens….. Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes… These are a few of my favourite things… ”
During the Middle School Choir Performance, I was able to accompany the choir during the piece “Fields of Gold” by G.M. Sumner, arranged by R. Emerson. It is an absolutely wonderful piece and I really loved how the solo part and alto part combined and created a splendid melody.
However what I want to say clearly is that the page-turner has a huge responsiblity as well as the player and that as the player’s hands are full, the page-turner has to concentrate even more and make sure that they are following precisely. Recognising that being a page-turner has a lot of responsiblity and that you are in a very important position in which if you make a mistake, the player will be greatly affected is extremely important. Being a page-turner and following precisely is as important as being a guide dog for the blind. If the dog mistakes and leads the blind person to a very busy road with a lot of cars, the blind person will die.
During the first part of the performance, my page-turner turned the page at about half of the 3-page sheet remaining and it was the same as having the whole piece being dropped onto the ground and I really suffered. During the “few minutes of absolute horror”, I panicked greatly. However, Mr. McHugh, the choir and I arranged it inside our heads without stopping and veered it on to the right course again. Although the page-turner was able to turn the page precisely during the practices, that did not happen at the real perfomance and it greatly affected Mr. McHugh, the choir and I. That might result in losing trust. Therefore, when being a page-turner it is essential to concentrate and recognise that you have a tremendously big responsibility.
However owing to Mr. McHugh and the choir, we were able to continue successfully and after the performance, we were given a loud applause and I felt very relieved and I think it was a very interesting experience!! It was a great privilige for me to be able to accompany the choir and I was overjoyed to be able to be part of the choir! Thank you so much Mr. McHugh!!!
Owing to Mr. McHugh, the choir members and the accompanists, it was a great success and again, thank you so much!!!!!