Chamber Choir


Solo/Ensemble Festival:


Description: In this project, you will learn and prepare a solo that could be entered the District vocal solo festival, then continue to state competition. You first choose a song, then spend time finding recordings of soloists performing the song. You will rate other performers using the vocal solo rubric adjudication form. Next, you will find a translation of the song, both literal word-for-word and poetic. You will also write the song using IPA symbols to research and understand the correct pronunciation of the piece. Class time will be given to work individually or in small groups on solo songs chosen. The final project will culminate in a solo performance for the class. If you would like to perform for the February 20th recital, you could be selected to perform for theaudience. However, this will be purely voluntary.

Assignment 1: Choose a song from the required music list for solos. On the NHS website, navigate to the choir page, and a link is provided for the required music list. Make sure you are looking at the correct voice type for your voice. If you are unsure of the songs, or their sound, see if you can find a recording of a professional singer, or high-level performer to get an idea for the song. It would be wise to listen to more than one performance as each performer will interpret the song differently. Also, it may be a good idea to find a translation of the song to have an idea what the song is about.

Assignment 2: Find a quality performer singing the song you selected. Using the adjudication form for vocal solo, rate your performer. Fill in the lines from the adjudication form that has Name of Soloist and Selections 1 including composer and publisher. For line 2 and 3 on selections, include the URL from your chosen performance. If you can find two or three performers minimum for your song, this will be most beneficial to gain a better understanding of the song.

Assignment 3: lyrics, IPA, word-for-word translation, poetic intention. This assignment will be an investment in time as you research your song, then interpret the IPA and translations. If your song is in English, you can skip line 3. However, you will need to write what the song means to you and how you interpret the meaning of the lyrics written. There is an example below to demonstrate how this might look for your song. This example is missing the poetic translation, which would include placing the word for word translation into understandable phrases.

Line 1 includes the lyrics as they appear in the song.

Line 2 is the IPA

Line 3 a word-for-word translation

Line 4 poetic translation

Ave Verum corpus, natum corpus, natum. Ex Maria Virgine vere passum immolatum in cruce pro

[a vƐ vƐrum cƆrpus, natum cƆrpus natum. Ɛks maria virdƷinƐ vƐrƐ pas sum imƆlatum in crucƐ prƆ]

Shout of welcome1 true2 body3 born, of mary virgin really4 stretched sacrificed in5 cross for6

Assignment 4: Learn the correct pitches, rhythmic values, pronunciation so you are able to perform the song. This may include playing the melody line from a midi-sequencer or a keyboard, or having a recording of someone playing for you. When you are comfortable with this assignment, you should be able to perform the song in a Master class setting to receive coaching on technique and interpretation to enhance your performance.

Assignment 5: Perform for an audience. This could include a recorded performance of you singing the song with accompaniment. Your grade for this portion will use the adjudication form.


Assignments 1-3 are due on Friday, February 2. Assignment 5 is due by Friday, February 9. The performance rubric will be the adjudication form used by the District festival judges.