High Holiday Prayer Chant and Liturgy: Rosh Hashanah
Objectives: To prepare for the examination, the candidate is expected to be able to recognize the text distinguishing it from other liturgical pieces; be able to rapidly adapt to different repertoire; recall the appropriate information (melody) from among many hundreds of possibilities; focus on the proper melody from among many hundreds of possibilities; assemble the components in his mind; and express the melody with classic and own interpretation and being able to sing the melodic line within the basic rules of Hebrew grammar, specifically: proper smichut of the words and proper pronunciation.
Instruction: The proficiency examination is administered under secure and proctored conditions.
Content covered includes: Days of Awe machzor, sections of the piyutim; the Days of Awe services and traditional melodies; analysis of various motifs and of the MiSinai tunes; Rosh Hashanah prayer chant and liturgy. The candidate is expected to recognize and chant according to classic Nusach melody and mode any verse at random from the five hour long Rosh Hashanah liturgy: Maariv, Shacharit, Hineni, Musaf and demonstrate awareness of thematic content and its relationship to the melodic nusach. The student is graded using the Julliard vocal performance evaluation form.
This course has a value of 3 upper-level undergraduate credits.