above: Gordon's a cappella group collaborated with alumni on this project in the spring of 2021... and here is a look at some G-Notes learning from 2022-2023
This just in! Sixth graders can now do G-Notes!
Dear seventh and eighth graders,
The G-Notes is the Gordon School vocal a cappella group, which is an auditioned small-ensemble activity for seventh and eighth grade.
A cappella singing is extremely challenging and the repertoire of the group is quite difficult. The audition process helps determine who will be able to manage the unique demands of the group. Students entering seventh and eighth grade who are willing to commit to the extra time and challenges are welcome to audition. Students who were members last year do not need to re-audition.
Auditions will take place after school on September 14th and 15th, and students will select an audition time on one of these afternoons.
Auditions can be fun, challenging, exciting, scary, and exhilarating. Preparing for an audition is an opportunity to work toward new levels of individual achievement. Using the skills learned throughout the years and practicing the tasks below will help with preparation, but the experience of the audition itself is valuable, no matter the outcome!
The components of the audition
Identifying notes, rhythm, musical symbols, and dynamics signs
Comparing what you hear to what you see on the page
Explain why G-Notes, including any special skills such as beat boxing, choreography, or arranging. Tell us what you love about singing, hard work, and being part of a group.
Measurement of vocal range
Tonal memory: repeating pitches accurately
Sight-Reading: singing a short musical line by looking at the notes
Improvisation: finish the phrase with creative flair
A one-minute solo segment that shows off your voice. Pick something that you love, highlights your strengths, and shows your ability to communicate with confidence. Medleys are allowed, but the one-minute mark will be strict – plan ahead, practice, and express yourself!
If you are selected for the G-Notes, you will sign an ensemble statement saying you agree to:
- Attend all rehearsals
- Participate in all performances
- Practice on your own outside of rehearsal
- Have a positive attitude
- Take constructive feedback
- Be ready to work hard
- Contribute to the community spirit of the group
- Be willing to try new things – take risks!
Feel free to reach out to Mr. Sebroski, Ms. Baird, or Ms. King with questions!