The Semi-Tones is the advanced-intermediate ensemble of the Princeton Girlchoir. In the Semi-Tones, girls continue to develop healthy vocal production through the study of proper breathing technique, singing with open space and relaxed tone. Significant time is also spent studying basic music theory, Solfege as a means to improve sight-reading skills, and ensemble technique. The International Phonetic Alphabet is also introduced as a music-learning tool and a means of unifying diction. The Semi-Tones apply this knowledge to the presentation of culturally diverse repertoire.
In this choir, the singers make a transition between an educational focus and a performance mission. They grow more confident with their sight-singing skills, remind themselves of good technique rather than acquiring it, and begin to perform with greater frequency throughout the community. In addition, the Semi-Tones occasionally take a weekend mini-tour during the season.
Time commitment expectations for all Semi-Tone choristers include:
- 90-minute weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays
- retreats (generally 2 Saturday afternoons per year)
- dress and pre-concert rehearsals
- winter and spring concerts
Additional performance opportunities often arise during the year. Participation will always be encouraged but not necessarily required.
The Semi-Tones are conducted by Melissa Malvar-Keylock.