Monday, February 25, 2008

Dr. Allred in the Trib

Once again our fearless leader has made the news. There's a great article in Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune (February 24). Here's the link:

Chorus of praise for easygoing Allred

Some highlights:

"If conductors are supposed to be high-strung, volatile egotists, Brady Allred isn't living up to the standard.

"No one minds. The University of Utah's affable director of choral activities is defying other expectations - and his success is being noticed.

"In Utah, Allred is known for directing top-notch concerts and recordings with his university groups; effectively mentoring a new generation of choral conducting students; and raising the profile of the Salt Lake Choral Artists, a respected community choral organization. . . .

Robert Walzel, director of the U.'s School of Music, said the two things that impress him most about Allred are the conductor's high degree of musicianship and his ability to motivate students. 'He has a gift for being able to blend work on fundamentals of singing in with whatever repertoire he is doing, and it's absolutely seamless,' Walzel said. 'He develops concepts of singing that allow choirs to learn new material quickly and at a high artistic level.'"

Read the rest at the link (before they archive it!). We're lucky to have him!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Optional Rehearsal and Location Change

Here's some announcements from this week's rehearsal, in case you've forgotten or weren't there.

First, this Saturday, February 23, there is an optional rehearsal from 8:00-10:00 AM at Murray High School. They'll be singing some of the jazz repertoire we just performed, so if you want, grab your music and go make a friend (and potential audience member!).

On Tuesday, February 26, rehearsal will be at Murray High School. There is an early rehearsal that day from 3:30-5:00 (jazz rep) if you can make it. Otherwise, plan to be there at 7:00 ready to rehearse Elijah. Chamber Choir members should arrive at 6:30, in concert dress, ready to perform some of the jazz repertoire with Murray High.

Next Tuesday we'll be back at Olympus High.

All clear?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

No Recording

The recording listed as "possible" on the schedule for Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-1:00 has been cancelled. Rest your voices for the concert that night. Or better yet, use the time to call everyone you know and invite them to come!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Concert Week Schedule

Our concert is this coming Saturday, February 16. In case you've misplaced your schedule and are unsure of the rehearsals this week, here's the info you should know:

  • Tuesday, February 12
Rehearsal at 7:00 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. We'll begin with "Songs and Sonnets" and "Images." Then, at around 9:00, the Chamber Choir will rehearse "Birthday Madrigals." If you are not performing this work, you are welcome to stick around and listen or leave early.

  • Wednesday, February 13
There is NO CHAMBER CHOIR REHEARSAL this day. This is a change from the printed schedule, so take note!

  • Friday, February 15
Dress rehearsal at 7:00 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. This is a musical dress, i.e., you don't need to actually dress in your concert attire.

  • Saturday, February 16
Concert night! Call is at 6:00 in Libby. Be dressed and in the hall on time. The concert will begin at 7:30.

Watch this space for any updated information between now and then, and tell your friends! This concert will be great!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Chamber Rehearsal

February 6. You know the drill.

See you there!