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Hello, YS members,

Last at-building rehearsal for the semester! Congrats on two great concert cycles and have some well-deserved time away this holiday season. I’ll be travelling between our Dec. 18 and Dec. 29-31 sessions but will still be able to email should anything come up. We’ll start up again on Jan. 10 with our spring music!

Here’s the schedule of remaining events for this semester. Call times are still TBD but plan on 1 hour before start times below for performances, 30 minutes or more before rehearsals. There is also a possibility that NMP will be requiring an on-site rapid Covid test for all musicians when we arrive on Dec. 18. This would be in addition to the vaccination card or negative PCR test that Popejoy requires for entry. NMP hasn’t confirmed this yet, but they did recently mention it as a strong possibility, and I wanted you to be aware.


NMP Dress Rehearsal and Performance

(PCR Covid Test Day = Wednesday, December 15)

Saturday December 18th – 10:00am-12:30pm (dress rehearsal with NMPhil – Popejoy Hall)

Saturday December 18th – 6:00pm (performance – Popejoy Hall)


Opera SW Dress Rehearsal and Performance

REHEARSALS – National Hispanic Cultural Center (with Opera Southwest)

Wednesday December 29 – 2:00-5:00 PM (YS students with Anthony B.)

Thursday December 30 – 6:00-9:00 PM (YS and OSW musicians)

*another rehearsal may be added Dec. 30 – TBD

PERFORMANCES – National Hispanic Cultural Center (with Opera Southwest)

Friday, December 31, 2021; 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM (dinner provided in between performances)


Here the schedule for next time and what I plan to work on (and likewise what you should prioritize for this rehearsal):

Monday December 13 (last rehearsal before dress rehearsals/concerts)

5:00-6:15 MR Hall



6:15-6:30 MR Hall

Warmup (on your own)

Possibility Assignment (discussion)

6:30-7:15 MR Hall

Concert Order (see below for order)

7:15-8:00 Office

Concert Order (continued)

8:00-8:10 Break (Lobby)

8:10-9:00 MR Hall

Concert Run Through (likely taking break earlier than 8:00 to extend this time)

9:00 Dismiss

Practice Priorities

Concert Order:

A Christmas Festival

Christmas at the Movies

Stille Nacht

Sleigh Ride

Russian Christmas Music

Christmas Singalong

Possibility Assignment

Be more generous than you think you have the resources for (extended edition – Nov-Dec).

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