We had a fruitful time on the recent Labour Day public holiday (May 1st, 2019) at our annual choir retreat.
Each year on Labour Day, the choir organizes a day’s worth of programs to help our choristers and guests with choral rehearsal technique, interpretation of music, vocal rudiments and technique, liturgy and musicianship.
Throughout the day, we were thrilled with games by our President Christopher See in numerous ice-breakers. Coming for rehearsals and singing for the Masses weekly, seldom presents the opportunity to get to know our members better, and it was real fun to know some pretty weird stuff in each others’ lives!
Our student conductor, Roger Lee got us all prepped and ready with some warm-up exercises before we got serious with the meat of the morning’s program.
This year, we were delighted to have Benedict Goh, FLCM (Choral Conducting) take us through a class on music interpretation and choral intonation. We worked on “The Lord’s My Shepherd (Bro. James’ Air)”, and “Regina Caeli” (Antonio Lotti).
In the afternoon, our Music Director Kenneth Wee, Dip.LCM (Choral Conducting) led us through an awareness and the sensibilities of the liturgy surrounding the Catholic Requiem Mass.
Ending the day, Kenneth pushed us out of our comfort zones by using our voices to improvise music together – and we came out with 4 new pieces in mere minutes!
We couldn’t have been more blessed on a Labour Day! 🙂
(More photos here)