The Musica Ficta members are Sally Price (soprano), Jane Smith (alto), Helen Wirtz (tenor), Barbara Senn (bass). We met as members of the Claremont Graduate School Collegium, and have been together as an ensemble since 1984. We will be playing:
Gratissima Virginis, Philippe de Vitry (1291 – 1361), Two recorders and two psalteries
O Magnum Mysterium, Tomas Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 – 1611) SATB
Troika, Serge Prokofiev (1891 – 1953) SATB
Balulalow, Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) SATB
Joy to the World, G.F. Handel (1685 – 1759), arr. Sally Price SATB
There are many possibilities for downloading music to an iPad or other tablet. I have started using ForScore because it is possible to notate the music quite easily, but any PDF reader will also work. This saves having to sort through and file everything needed for the meeting, and after the meeting I print only what our group might like to play. I have also found that even though the print looks smaller than a paper copy, the backlight makes it more readable, and I can enlarge it if necessary. All the copies are kept on the iPad and I can easily search for anything that I want to see again by title. A playlist is set up for each meeting so it’s possible to search by the date of the meeting. ForScore is $9.99 at the App Store. I also Googled PDF readers for tablets and found plenty of information for possibilities that are not just for music. If you are interested in learning more or seeing a demo, please find me at a meeting. I’m usually playing alto.
OCRS now has promotional postcards available, which members can provide for display at concerts and other music events. Win Aldrich will have a supply of the postcards available at the meeting, if you would like to obtain some. With our new playing year beginning in September, it might be an ideal time to drop a few of the postcards off at any local music stores in your area with a request that the stack of postcards be displayed in a prominent place at the check-out counter. If you have other ideas for promoting OCRS and for bringing the organization to the attention of potential members, please pass these ideas along to Vice-president/ Membership Development, Cathy Wilson at email@example.com.