1st Methodist Church of Grants Choir
NMSU-Grants Masterworks Chorus

Grants, New Mexico
Revised 5-3-17
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Methodist Church Choir
Choir practice is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call, text, or e-mail first to be sure practice hasn't been canceled: 

You're invited to come practice with us whether or not you wish to perform with us on Sundays, and whether or not you consider yourself a Christian. We consider choir practice to be a type of spiritual renewal in itself. Those of us in the choir find that choir practice "recharges our batteries" and puts some bounce in our steps! We'd like you to come and give yourself a mental boost whenever you feel like it. In addition to getting a boost from singing, you'll also feel good by rubbing shoulders with a bunch of friendly people who like to laugh a lot. We're a small choir, but all four parts are well represented--giving us a nice full sound.

Coming to choir practice on a sporadic basis is just fine with us. Showing up once every few months is perfectly OK! We promise not to twist your arm to show up more often.
If you "can't carry a tune in a bucket," choir practice is a good way of learning to sing. Probably all of our choir members learned to sing by joining a choir some time in the past.
I hope I haven't given you the impression we're so desperate for members that we're willing to make extreme compromises just to get anyone to join us. It's true that we don't take ourselves too seriously, but it's also true that we give quality performances.

We feel called to provide an opportunity for people to experience the joy to be had in singing with others.

Bruce McDowell, Choir Director

Click here to hear a recording of us singing Beneath the Cross of Jesus.
(I was singing the tenor part while directing, which means I was facing away from the congregation and had to sing louder than what would have provided a balanced recording. However, the combination of un-amplified and amplified sound from the choir makes the balance come out OK for those in the pews.)

--No Methodist choir rehearsal files at this time--

NMSU-Grants Masterworks Chorus
          Rehearsal files

Click here to go to a Website that explains how to read music. For singers, the names of the notes (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) aren't all that important. How many beats a note gets is more important. When you get to the website, scroll down to the section titled "Note Values."

To be able to count beats for the different note values, beating your foot is a good thing to practice. Put on a non-rock-music recording and practice beating your foot. (Rock music has rhythms that are a bit difficult.

Audio Files for Practicing
Click the links to the right to play them. Right-click them to download to your computer. (The procedures might be different for your browser.) If your Internet connection is a bit slow, you may need to wait a few seconds.

For files labeled "parts played with different instruments," the different vocal parts are played with the instruments listed below. Notice that the parts alternate between the left speaker and the right speaker.
S: Piccolo, left speaker; A: Clarinet, right speaker; T: French horn, left speaker; B: Bassoon, right speaker.
If you don't have separate left and right speakers connected to your computer, earphones would make it easier to tell which speaker your vocal part is coming from. Also, if you're using a cell phone, earphones would be a good idea. One advantage of earphones is that you can only use one earphone. For example, if you sing soprano, use only the left earphone. You'll then only hear the soprano and tenor parts.

Don't have earphones? Go to the dollar store or Wal-Mart. Even the dollar store ones have quite good fidelity.
How Calmly the Evening
Sicut Cervus
Down in the River

Links From the Course's Canvas Page(Links to an external site.)Showcase Pieces

Palestrina, Sicut Cervus:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yd5EE0hAB8 (Links to an external site.)

Secco (arr), Scarborough Fairhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZRCSA63KA0
 (Links to an external site.)Morley, Now is the Month of Mayinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NPFUz-kIu4

Elgar, How Calmly the Evening
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47LaBq4VpJ4inks to an external site.)
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Newton/Coates (arr.), Amazing Grace

Other Pieces

inks to an external site.)Minton (arr), Sing Train Swing Saints
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_LMWI6KrMc (Links to an external site.)

Holst, I Love My Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLTqb-fMHIA (Links to an external site.)

Holst, I Sowed the Seeds of Love

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