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Class Notes Concerts Preview: The Mirandola Ensemble

The Mirandola Ensemble (L-R: Alyssa Anderson, alto; Jenny Ubl, soprano; Nick Chalmers, tenor; Andrew Kane, bass)Courtesy of the ensemble

October 04, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact classnotes@mpr.org.

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features The Mirandola Ensemble.

1. Begin by watching and listening to The Mirandola Ensemble. This piece is called El Grillo, which means “the cricket.” As you listen, notice who is singing the highest notes and who is singing the lowest notes.

2. Each of the singers in The Mirandola Ensemble has a different voice type. In the next series of videos, each singer will talk a little bit about their voice type and the things they need to do to sing well.

Follow-up questions for discussion or journaling:

  • Which voice type sings the highest notes or pitches?  Which voice types sing the lowest?

  • Compare and contrast the voice types.

  • What are some things all singers must do to sing well?

3. Listen to The Mirandola Ensemble perform one more piece. Notice how the different voice types work together to create layers of sound.

4. Here is one more video featuring The Mirandola Ensemble. It is from a few years ago, so there are some different ensemble members. They will review their voice types, and they will share a lot of techniques about how to sing well.

5. Want to learn more about The Mirandola Ensemble and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact classnotes@mpr.org for more information.