Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The various faces of choristers

Hello lovelies,

Over the years, I've observed some pretty interesting choir faces from my fellow choristers in pictures, videos and two feet away from my seat. Until now, it dawned on me that these natural reactions I have grown accustomed to show how ridiculous we can look while singing or simply listening in rehearsal.

And what better way to demonstrate my observations than in a combination or gifs and pictures of...you guessed it...celebrities and animals. I've searched the web for what I believe to be the closest choir faces of what I see on a weekly basis.

My definition of Choir-faces is natural reactions/expressions/motions that can range from utter disgust to absolute delight in the rehearsal hall or on the stage.

For this post, I am strictly focusing on non-verbal choir reactions. Perhaps I will save that for a future post? Me thinks so.

I thought I would start from the most delightful to absolute cringe-worthy reactions:

Let's begin.


1. The "New rep/Squee" face.

 
This face generally surfaces at the first rehearsal or first run-through of a piece that sends everlasting eargasms and you can't help but squee like a little girl. Even the manliest of choir men cannot avoid this pure moment of joy.



2. The "Feels" face.


 
I am so guilty of this face. If you haven't experienced these precious moments, you might as well say I HATE MUSIC AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD. I guess we can't be friends either. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIEEEEEE.
 
 
3. The "La la land" face.
 
 
While singing, we can sometimes find ourselves in la la land daydreaming of becoming an opera star. If you see a fellow chorister looking off in the distance with stars in their eyes, they might just be imagining themselves as the next best thing. Eh, why not? A girl can dream.
 
4. The "bass down low" face.
 
Let's face it ladies, we love it when the basses drop those low notes. You might as well rip your clothes off and throw them across the room.
 
 
 
 
5. The "In a glass case of emotion" face.
 
 
This face will surface during those heavy and intensely somber pieces. Can't handle it.
 
 
Guys, it's about to get cringe worthy:
 
 
6. Those darn "Creepy smiling" faces.
 
Hands down to the conductors that ask their choristers to look happy while singing... WHEN THIS HAPPENS:

 
 
AND THIS:
 
 
AND THIS:
 
 
*CRINGE*
 
 
 
 
HOW DO CONDUCTORS DO IT?! I CAN'T EVEN.
 
 
7. The "Bueller" face. May include drool.
 
 
The last minutes of an evening rehearsal tend to affect many this way. We've all been there.
 
 
8. The "Get it together" faces:
 
When those pesky sections can't get their shit together.
 
 
IT'S A MINOR THIRD. DID YOU FAIL YOUR SOLFEGE EXAM?
 
 
 
 
9. The "Oops, wrong pitch" face:
 
So you sing the wrong pitch. Shit happens.
 
 
Laugh it off and apologize (and get your shit together or you will be seeing a lot of #8).
 
 
 
10. The "I'm lost" face.
 
"Which bar number was it again?"
 
 
"Is this not the third system where I sing a high B flat?"
 
 
NO. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER.
 
 
 
And finally...
 
 
11. The "Pitch" face. The face that inspired me to write this blog.
 
So what happens when your singing neighbor belts out a high note that doesn't even exist in the score?
 
LOTS OF THIS:
 
 
AND THIS:
 
 
DON'T FORGET THIS:
 
 

 
 
DON'T YOU DARE FORGET THIS:
 
 
 

Well lovelies, there you have it. Let me know if there are other faces I should mention!


I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget:


See ya'll later.


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