Monday, January 31, 2011
Darlings, I'm told that there are still five or so of you who have not gone to the costume shop to get measured. You MUST go within the next two days or you may not have a costume! Also, character analysis sheets were due Friday, and I'm still missing MANY of them. I am willing to accept them until tomorrow's rehearsal. If I do not receive a sheet from you, know that you will be put on the spot in rehearsal to answer questions about your character AND that your grade is in jeopardy if any other lack of preparation is evident. Preparation and professionalism is part of this business and part of your grade. If you are one who has missed one or both of the above, you're not exhibiting it.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
My eye doctor, Dr. Adam Gordon, reads our blog with great interest. He's an amateur musician who follows us regularly. Read about him here. Thanks for keeping us on your radar, Dr. Gordon. If I hadn't found music, I'd want your job. Giving people the gift of sight is right up there with giving them the gift of music.
Monday, January 24, 2011
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Folks, Mark Kunkel is stuck in Atlanta due to the ice, so it makes no sense to do Sailors today. I'd like to finish the Purcell Courtiers music, and switch that with Sunday's Courtiers time. Everyone singing chorus in anything Purcell, please come today and we'll get as much done as possible. Thanks for being flexible!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Due to the snow days, I've revamped this weekend's rehearsal schedule. I wasn't planning on cutting into MLK holiday, but we all got an extra vacation day with the snow storm and have to pay the price. Please check details for Sunday and Monday and email me if you have something that absolutely can't be moved. PLEASE try to be flexible on YOUR end if you can: making up for lost time is very difficult. Thanks!
Even though the worst of the storm is over, after talking to Drew yesterday, I thought it might help to share some advice with you about how to drive in winter conditions. When you're used to it, it's not so scary, but when you're not, it can be awful. I hope the following helps.
CLEAN OFF YOUR WHOLE CAR. You need total visibility, and huge chunks of snow falling off your car can be a problem for other drivers. Speaking of visibility, use your headlights. Others will be able to see you better.
SLOW DOWN. Way down. Leave early so you have time to get where you're going safely.
LEAVE EXTRA ROOM between you and the car ahead of you. If they skid, you need time to react. Leave twice as much room as you think you need. Also, not everyone on the road is as cautious or smart as you are.
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE: On snow and ice, go slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. Even if you have an SUV with four-wheel drive you may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction. Four-wheel drive may get you going faster, but it won’t help you stop sooner.
USE YOUR ENGINE, not your brakes, to control your speed. If you drive standard transmission, all the better. If you don't drive stick, most cars still have a lower gear (3, 2, or L for really slow speeds). Use it, and slow down by letting your foot off the gas.
USE WELL-TRAVELED LANES. Even if there's more traffic, there's likely to be less ice.
BRIDGES FREEZE FIRST. If you can plan an alternate route around bridges and overpasses, use it.
IF YOU HIT ICE, DON'T PANIC! Do not brake if you can help it. Keep your speed consistent, or take your foot off the gas, but don't brake.
BRAKING CAN BE TRICKY. Learn how to get maximum efficiency from your brakes before an emergency. It's easy to properly use antilock brakes: Stomp, stay and steer. Stomp on the pedal as if you were trying to snap it off. Stay hard on the pedal. Steer around the obstacle. A little bit of steering goes a very long way: be gentle. If you drive on icy roads or roads that are covered with snow, modify your ABS technique: After you "Stomp" and the ABS begins cycling — you will feel pulses in the pedal or hear the system working — ease up slightly on the pedal until the pulsing happens only once a second.
For vehicles without ABS, you'll have to rely on the old-fashioned system: You. For non-ABS on a mixed-surface road, push the brake pedal hard until the wheels stop rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheels to begin turning again. Repeat this sequence rapidly. This is not the same as "pumping the brake." Your goal is to have the tires producing maximum grip regardless of whether the surface is snow, ice or damp pavement. None of this works on ice, generally speaking, but it works on snow. Don't brake on ice!
STEER INTO A SKID. If you start to skid, steer GENTLY in the direction of the skid. This means if the back of your car is skidding toward your right, turn the wheel gently toward the right. Try not to brake (see above).
STAY IN YOUR CAR if you're in an accident. If other cars are skidding, they could hit you. If worse comes to worst, it's better they hit you when you're surrounded by metal.
Be safe out there, folks. Nothing is worth your life.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Due to freezing conditions after dark, Dr. Reynolds suggested canceling opera rehearsal altogether today. We will have to reschedule, since this makes the second rehearsal we've missed. Please email me any conflicts you have with Saturdays. One big Saturday rehearsal (or MLK Monday) should put us back on track. Be safe, folks.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Jan 7 Combined class in Choir Room (HC 308) [Dr. Kris at conference]Jan 14 Makeup Juries in HRHJan 21 (NO class; AMEA conference in Montgomery)Jan 28 Tutti class in HRHFeb 4 (NO class; Quink Master Class at noon)Feb 11 Combined class in HRH (NATS participants have priority)Feb 18 (NO class; NATS Student Auditions in Tuscaloosa)Feb 25 Separate classes in HRH (Mostellers) and 308 (Dr. Kris)Mar 4 Separate classes in HRH (Dr. Kris) and 308 (Mostellers)Mar 11 (NO class; Opera opening night that evening)Mar 18 Spring BreakMar 25 Combined class in HRHApril 1 Voice Studio Recital dress rehearsal, noon to 3:00April 8 Separate classes in HRH (Mostellers) and 308 (Dr. Kris)April 15 Separate classes in HRH (Dr. Kris) and 308 (Mostellers)April 22 Dr. Kris studio ONLY meets today in HRH
We will meet all together in HRH. Don't fret: everyone should still be able to sing. See you then.
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