First run at "Hallelujah" from "Messiah"
Date: February 11, 2014
I'm still a relative novice as a director and welcome your collective wisdom. My church choir sang "And the Glory" for Advent and Christmas. It was the most challenging piece I've put in front of them, and we had such success that I suggested we take up "Hallelujah" next. I've sung it before, and so have some in the choir, but this is the first time I've taught and directed it. So I'm asking you all what I should've asked you about "And the Glory" (given that "Hallelujah" is easier):
-- What have you found to be the most effective ways to teach this to an average church choir (20-25 members; some read music; most don't)?
-- What are you especially keen to get across in teaching/directing it?
-- How do you approach teaching a passage such as bars 22-32? Lots of parts separate? Lots of slow practice?
-- In those same bars, how do you treat "-jah, Hal-" when those two syllables appear below a single eighth note? Elide them? Turn the eighth into two 16ths?
-- What should I ask but don't have the sense to?
Tips? Tricks? Anything? I'm open. Let me learn from you!
And while we're at it, is Leonard Van Camp's A Practical Guide for Performing, Teaching and Singing Messiah worthwhile? Is there something you like better?
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