What happens when it all sticks? (March/April 2014)
17 Mar 2014
Bianca Hall, musician & educator
I've been told that in your career, you want to throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. But what happens when it ALL sticks?

So, I'm in that transition stage between finishing my doctorate and being exclusively a professional, which means that I'm straddling both worlds and have the line up of school requirements and professional projects to reflect that position. It's a position that I am more than grateful to be in, but it is at times both exciting and overwhelming. So, I force myself wearing figurative blinders and just focus on one thing at a time.
First item on the docket: Concerts on March 22nd & 23rd with local early music ensemble Tesserae. I had the pleasure of singing with them last year as a last minute sub, jumping into the program the day of the concert. Tesserae is such a solid ensemble that they made my task of jumping in not only easy, but exceedingly enjoyable, so I'm really happy to have another opportunity to sing with them. Plus, they choose really great music, which is always a perk! :) Our first rehearsal is Tuesday, and I can't wait. There's nothing more frustrating for a lover of chamber singing than to practice your line alone at home! :P
Second: The inaugural concert of Tallis Chapel Society on March 29th. I've sung as the soprano of this quartet for church services for a little over a year now, but this will be our first formal concert. There's nothing like getting together with friends to hash through a rough reading of a bunch of pieces and finding some gems. Sometimes, in this age of efficiency and speed, we forget how much fun it can be to just read music with others, when the goal isn't perfection, but rather discovery and camaraderie.
Third: Conducting the Southern California Recorder Society's April 5th meeting. Last November, I had the opportunity to conduct the Orange County Recorder Society and had so much fun, and night before last, I subbed in at the last minute for Alex Opsahl and conducted OCRS again, but using Alex's music. Again, I had a lot of fun. I most enjoy interacting with the members, answering their questions about the notation or theory, or really just anything. If I can connect with someone and introduce a new idea or give them some new knowledge, then I'm happy. I'm looking forward to the SCRS meeting, where I hope to meet some new people and again share my excitement about music with a new group.
Fourth: USC Collegium concert on Saturday, April 12th at 7:30. While I always enjoy singing in the ensemble, this time I get to also play percussion, which is both exciting and nerve wracking cuz there's no hiding when your banging away on a drum.
Fifth: Holy Week services (April 15 & 17-20) at both St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Newport Beach and at Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church in Placentia. Holy Week services are always powerful experiences and at St. Matthew's, they run Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. However, this year I will miss Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which leads me to the sixth item.
Sixth: Political Ballads event at Rutgers University. I've been working with my director at USC, Adam Gilbert, to prepare numerous political ballads for performance for some lectures at Rutgers in New Jersey around April 17-18. The texts of these ballads are preserved on broadsides, but without the music. There are often indications of what tune to use, but only a tune title is given, not the actual music. So, Adam and I have been finding as many of these tunes as we can, and tweaking the underlay before rehearsing them with the other musicians, Joel Nesvadba and Jason Yoshida.
Seventh: My final degree recital on Sunday April 27th at 3pm at USC in the URC Kilgore Chapel. More info to come!
That pretty much covers it through April, but stay tuned for May & June events and other topics...
<April 2021>


On the Q---_s Conception. (Tune: "Packington's Pound")
Anonymous: BALLAD. To the Tune of Couragio
Anonymous: Alta Trinita
Agostini: Quando l'ira del cielo
Vierdanck: Ich freue mich im Herren
Traditional: Barbara Allen
Fusu: A Winter Song
Fusu: Steaua Sus Rasare
Anonymous: Plus bele que flor/Quant revient/L'autrier joer/Flos Filius
Anonymous: Mout me fu grief li departir/Robin m'aime/Portare
Anonymous: Variations for recorder and basso continuo
Anonymous: Alle psallite cum luya

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