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. Singers demonstrate advanced intermediate vocal and sight-reading abilities needed to learn and perform sophisticated literature of two to four-part voicing. Singers remain in Semi-Tones for one to three years.
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.
To advance to Semi-Tones, singers should demonstrate:
- Intermediate music reading skills
- Reading & navigating through a choral score. (repeat signs, 1st and 2nd endings, etc.)
- Reading and singing in both major and minor keys using the moveable “do” system.
- Reading complex melodies (with major & minor 2nds; major & minor 3rds)
- Reading complex rhythms (half, whole, sixteenth notes & rests)
- Reading and singing melodies using simple and compound duple meters.
- An awareness of musical expression when performing
- Musicianship and vocal abilities required for Quarter Notes
Time commitment expectations Semi-Tones 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 Keylock.