Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Out of my league

So the 2013-14 Choral Season has begun.   I am only involved in one Christmas concert this season which will be John Rutter's Magnificat with the church choir. 
Besides this I am now a member of a women's quartet!  This is not like choral singing at all.  For one thing there are four lines of music and only four singers which means no one else is singing my line except me!  This means I have to pay much more attention to notes, dynamics, and most of all breathing spots.  I am somewhat out of my league in this little group.  The Soprano is a beautiful soloist who gets paid to sing solos for various productions, the second soprano is a woman who also gets paid to sing Jazz etc and has gigs all over the city and has a wonderful CD out.  She is also a brilliant arranger!    The second alto sang solo at my wedding and has often performed the solo alto roles in church.  She also has been the lead singer in a fun German band.  Then there is the first alto - Yours Truly.  Oh brother!  So totally out of my league and thankfully I am singing a musical line that can mostly hide amongst the other three. 
We have sung in church twice and have two paid gigs coming down the pipe.  CRAZY!  We only have 4 songs in our repertoire at the moment as 4-part female arrangements of songs we want to sing are not that common and the brilliant arranger among us can't be arranging 24/7. 
So although not a choir, I may post updates on this quartet periodically on this blog.  We need a name!  We are known as The Schmucke Madchen (The Pretty Girls) amongst ourselves mostly because we like to roll low-german words around our tongues.  So - looking for name suggestions that are perhaps more fitting for 4 women of a certain age.