Welcome to the South Seattle College Community Choir's Information Page

Updated Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:20 p.m.

Dear Choristers,

Good news! This week I received confirmation that our didgeridoo player, Dr. Nels Magelssen, is on board for our June 18 concert and will join us for our June 12 rehearsal. We also have John Mann, percussionist, on board to lead the drummers. Very happy about this!

Please click on the link below to go to rehearsal parts.
Next rehearsal is Monday May 8 at 7 pm in RS80.

--- Bronwyn Edwards, Music Director
Contact info: sirensongbron@gmail.com

About the instructors

Bronwyn Edwards and John Lehrack team up to bring a wealth of musicianship and vocal, conducting and instrumental expertise to the choir.

Bronwyn Edwards describes herself as a musical catalyst -- someone who strives to create musical opportunities for singers and instrumentalists of all levels and abilities. Bron is an accomplished pianist, private teacher of piano, theory and guitar, composer, mentor and performer. Her choral music compositions have been publicly commissioned and performed in Seattle's Benaroya Hall. She has been the featured solo pianist at Seattle-Tacoma International airport for the past 9 years during the holiday season. Bron is a mentor to young musicians, and has served as Music Director at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, for the past 8 years, where she not only directs the choir but takes an entrepreneurial role to bring both recognized artists and local musicians to the community through concerts and events. Bron's favorite composers are Debussy, Ravel, (well, any of the French impressionist composers, really!) George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. In the choral world, Bron loves the music of the classical period (Bach and Handel), as well as contemporary composers such as Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Barnum, to name a few.

John Lehrack is a Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College where he leads the choral program and teaches voice, music theory and music fundamentals.  John is also the Music Director and Organist at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Edmonds.  In his spare time, John is the proprietor of Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret, a new venue that will be opening soon in Seattle.  Keep tabs at www.DorothysPianoBar.com.   John has appeared with numerous choral groups, orchestras, opera companies and theatre groups in Washington, Hawaii, California, New York and Florida including San Francisco City Summer Opera, the Solano Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Na Leo Nahenahe, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco and many more.  John is a versatile musician who loves most types of music; preferring to listen to dance, pop and Hawaiian, sing musical theatre, cabaret and French art song and play Debussy, Brahms, Haydn and Liszt.  He lives in-between Ballard and Phinney Ridge with his two dogs and cat.

Corroboree - WHO is singing WHAT PARTS?

Pages 1-2:

Meas. 5-20 
Solo or small group I
Heya! Heya!

Meas. 21 - 36 (end of page 2):
S1/2, A1/2, T, B each on their respective lines, no changes

Pages 3-4:

Meas. 37-44 
Solo or small group II
I had a dream, and you were in it...

Meas. 45-60 (page 4):
S1/2, A1/2, T, B each on their respective lines, no changes

Pages 5-6:

Meas. 61-68  (top of page 5)
Solo or small group II
Feel the earth between your toes,
Rising rhythm fills your soul...

Meas. 69 and 70
1, 2, 3, CHA! (on fourth beat of both measures -- a very percussive "cha" sound!)
Solo scat opportunity during 8 bar instrumental section - ends measure 76

Meas. 77-92
S1/2, A1/2, T, B each on their respective lines, no changes

Meas. 93-100
More focus on didge and drummers (choreography: arms reaching out in the direction of the players?)
Solo scat opportunity during measures 97 through 100.

Pages 7-8:

Meas. 101-116
S1/2, A1/2, T, B each on their respective lines, no changes

Meas. 117-124
Solo or small group III
Raise your hands up to the sky

Pages 9-10:

Meas. 125-132:
S1/2, A1/2, T, B each on their respective lines, no changes, then SPLIT TO CHOIR 1 and CHOIR 2.

Meas. 133-140 (top of page 11)

Choir 1:

Soprano 1 - sing the Soprano 1 line
Alto 1 - sing the lower of the two parts on the Alto 1 line
Baritone - sing the Tenor 1 line
Bass - sing the Bass line

Choir 2:

Soprano 2 - sing the lower of the Soprano 2 lines
Alto 2 and Tenor 1 split the two parts on the Alto 2 line
Tenor 2 - sing the T2 line

Page 11-14:

Meas. 141 onwards

Same as above, only Bass drops out of Choir I and goes to the Hey ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-laya, as follows:

Choir 1:
Soprano 1 - sing the Soprano 1 line
Alto 1 - sing the lower of the two parts on the Alto 1 line
Baritone - move to Choir 3

Bass - move to Choir 3 (can you split both parts between a few of you?)

Choir 2:
Soprano 2 - sing the lower of the Soprano 2 lines
Alto 2 and Tenor 1 split the two parts on the Alto 2 line
Tenor 2 - sing the T2 line

Choir 3:
Baritone on the upper part of the Hey ma-ma-ma-ma ma-laya
Bass - split the lower two parts if possible

Last measure  148:

Soprano 1 on S1
Soprano 2 on the lower part of S2
Alto 1 on the lower part of A1
Alto 2 on the lower part of A2
Tenor 1 on the Bass line of choir 1
Tenor 2 on the T2
Baritone and Bass on Choir 3, split as previously

Spring Quarter 2017 at South Seattle College

Concert dates this quarter:

Sunday, June 18 at 7 pm in Olympic Hall (Father's Day)

Rehearsal dates (there are 11 dates listed here, and I need to confirm with Luisa at Continuing Ed if there is a holiday or break in either April or May):

Monday, April 3 at 7 pm
Monday, April 10 at 7 pm
Monday, April 17 at 7 pm
Monday, April 24 at 7 pm
Monday, May 1 at 7 pm
Monday, May 8 at 7 pm
Monday, May 15 at 7 pm
Monday, May 22 at 7 pm
Memorial Day weekend - no rehearsal on May 29
Monday, June 5 at 7 pm
Monday, June 12 at 7 pm

Concert on Sunday, June 18 at 7 pm, Olympic Hall
Second performance in the community on Monday, June 19 TBA

Fall quarter performance of "Luminous Night of the Soul" by Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC

NEW to singing in a choir and/or reading music?

Here is a YouTube video introduction to understanding the basics of reading notes and rhythm which you may find helpful. Created by Tim Hansen, I think it's a great explanation for a beginner about the nuts and bolts of music. Enjoy!

Everything you wanted to know about music theory - ONLINE and FREE at sonicfit.com

Visit this link for lessons on note-reading, theory of music, complete with exercises to help you improve your skills.


Try to work through these lessons and exercises a little each week and it will make a big difference to your choir experience!

Thanks to our former choir director, Paula Herd, for directing me to this very helpful resource.

Remember, becoming a good sight reader of music requires a little practice every day!

REHEARSAL PARTS - MP3 recordings

The Lark - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

These files are notes only for pitch reference.





These files were kindly sent by Paula, with German vocal.

Soprano - German

Alto - German

Tenor - German

Bass - German

Corroboree - Bronwyn Edwards & Tam Katzin


Soprano 1

Alto 1

Tenor 1


Soprano 2

Alto 2

Tenor 2


Corroboree Backing Tracks to practice with!

1. Backing track: Drums, no didge

2. Backing track 2: No Lead Vocal

The May Night - Johannes Brahms

Choir SATB

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Soprano 1 and 2




Sure on This Shining Night - Morten Lauridsen

Please note these are piano parts only (unless marked as revised) until I am able to replace them.


ALTOS: I made a slight change to your part in measure 34 (where it goes up to the high Gb and you all look horrified!) - I took the last two eighth notes in the measure down an octave, so they have the same pitch but they are much lower.  Check it out.)

Alto 1 and 2 (revised with vocals on April 19)

Alto 1 (revised with vocals on April 19)

Alto 2 (revised with vocals on April 19)

Tenor 1

Tenor 2



Seashore - Bronwyn Edwards

Score Errata: please note a couple of minor errors on the score.

Measure 81 (Alto, Tenor, Baritone/Bass) should be a three-count note followed by a rest.

Measures 96 and 97 (Tenor) - the two notes on the word "shore" should be TIED.

SSAATBB Choir - no flute

Soprano 1 and 2

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Alto 1 and 2

Alto 1

Alto 2





Quintessence - Bronwyn Edwards & Yvonne Belshaw

SSATTB Choir (no violin)

Soprano 1

Soprano 2


Tenor 1

Tenor 2


If Music Be the Food of Love - David Dickau

Folks, this one is a tough song for me to sing.  I tried my best with the soprano and alto part, gave them a once-thru for your reference, and finally just played the notes for the tenor and bass part, as this is just too time-consuming for me to sing and transpose.  I was under the impression, when I did the sectional with Tenor, Bass, that you knew this fairly well already.



Tenor (notes only, no vocal)

Bass (notes only, no vocal)

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Welcome, singers!
I will be placing voice part recordings in the center column.
In the meantime, below are some links to listen to performances
by other singers of our repertoire for this coming quarter.
John and I are looking forward to helping you learn these songs.
May you sing them with great joy at our concert in March.

-- Bronwyn Edwards

Spring quarter songs


THE LARK (Mendelssohn)

The MAY NIGHT (Brahms)

(from Vashon Suite)
(same suite as "Strawberry Kisses" and "Leonosa")


CORROBOREE (with didgeridoo and drum circle)

(from Age Only Matters If You're Cheese)

BRAZIL (unison sing & drum-along) - Ary Barroso (Pink Martini)

Rehearsal parts (recordings)

(Note: if you have a Mac, I have been told it's easier to save files
using the Chrome browser, rather than Safari.

I created these files on a PC, so it should be fairly easy for
PC users to right-click and save to your computer or iTunes)

Please email me at sirensongbron@gmail.com
if you have questions.

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