Spoleto Festival USA Day 3

Update: David Conley, our choir’s grad assistant, won the Find the Passion Flower contest. There is speculation as to whether he just Googled a picture since he didn’t take a selfie with it.

Another day of rehearsing in gorgeous (and rainy) Charleston. We had a morning rehearsal with just us and Dr. Miller before rehearsing with John Kennedy in the afternoon at the Gaillard Center. Hearing John Kennedy talk about the orchestral parts to the score has piqued our curiosity even more, not to mention trying to figure out all of the cues we see him conducting.

In the last half of the rehearsal, we finally got to mess with the percussion! So the choral scores have several fun percussion parts. There are slapstick solos, a temple gong part (a bowl that vibrates on a certain pitch), a pan flute part (a little woodwind instrument with several pitched pipes), a rolled/glissando mallet part, and a Styrofoam part (still confused about this as they don’t have it yet). Getting to finagle the different instruments was fun and trying to figure out how to properly execute each part was interesting (to say the least). It truly is a unique score.

Thankfully, we have a lot more rehearsals to get the hang of our new musical toys.

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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