Lyric Lights,

With State Quals being only two weeks away and us having a lot of work to do with very little time left, we are going to do everything we can to make this competition set the best it can be.  This means we need to hold each other accountable for knowing our part in Alleluia inside and out.

During the first part of next week, I will be hearing you in small groups of 8-11 people on this piece.  You will only be graded on the following:

  • Do you know your notes and rhythms?
  • Are you in tune?
  • Is it memorized?

You will NOT be graded on the claps and dynamics, as we will be spending class time to learn the claps and work phrasing with the full ensemble.

You will find your group assignment in the document attached at the end of this post.  You and your group are responsible for signing up for a half hour time slot together.  Available times are included in that document as well.  Sign ups will begin Monday in class.  If you are in groups 1, 2, or 3, you will sign up first, as those groups include our spring athletes and their seasons are going on at the same time as this.

During this half hour rehearsal with me, our goal will be to make sure each person has his/her part down and in tune.  This is a 100 point grade that is simply Pass or Fail.  I will hear students again on Thursday afternoon, Friday before and after school, and into the next week if needed to make sure everyone passes.  Note that if you pass the first time, you will not need to sing again.

Practice files for Alleluia have been uploaded to the Lyric Lights page in the Student Files section of the website.  There is also a PDF of the score in case you forgot to bring your music home and want to work on it over the weekend.

All the top choirs in the state do this at some point.  Now it’s our turn.  I am not trying to add extra stress to your schedules….my hope is that a half hour in these small groups outside of class will prevent us from needing to add extra rehearsals as a full group.  You have my word that I will do everything I can to get us where we need to be so that we leave the stage on the 29th with NO REGRETS.

If you have any questions, or your group communicates over the weekend and decides on a time to rehearse with me, feel free to send me an email at

Thank you all….we can do this!

Mr. Barker

LL Small Group Assignments