Resources for "Sing Out, Davies!"

Welcome! We're delighted you'll be participating in the Sing Out, Davies! choral workshop on April 12, 2015, led by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin.

Everything you need to know about the workshop is on this page. If you have questions, please contact Lolly Lewis, Community of Music Makers Program Administrator, at or (415) 503-5344.

Sheet music for the workshop

Music will be sent to you by postal mail.

The repertoire for this workshop, Orff's Carmina Burana is protected under copyright. Our agreement with the publisher allows us to distribute the music only in hard copy and we may not make any additional electronic OR physical copies than we need for the workshop. We will be sending your rehearsal part by postal mail to the address you gave on your application. Please destroy this rehearsal copy at the conclusion of the workshop.

A note about part assignments:

For this workshop, Soprano and Tenor are divided into Soprano 1 and 2, and Tenor 1 and 2 for some sections of Carmina Burana. Please look at your chorus resources email to find your part assignments. Alto and Bass do not split. We will sing the Kyrie in unison (everyone sings the same melody).



(all Carmina Burana parts will be mailed)

Please note the following text errors on pages 2 and 3
(called 20 and 21):

Page 2, Bar 2 should be "Flora principatur" (not "Phebus principatur")

Page 3, Bar 6 should be "iam stipate" (not "iam stipata")



Workshop Details and Logistics

  • Admission is by ticket only. All workshop participants should have a PARTICIPANT ticket. If you invited guests to see you play at Davies Symphony Hall, they will not need a ticket. See below for more information for Observers. For any questions about tickets or registration, please call the Symphony Box Office: (415) 864-6000 (Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-6pm).

  • PARTICIPANTS: Plan to arrive at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin, between 6:00 and 6:15pm. Doors will open shortly after 6:00pm. All participants will need to be seated on stage before the workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm.
  • During the course of the workshop, participants will be escorted to the various Davies Symphony Hall rehearsal spaces for sectionals, led by Chorus Mentors. Entry to the stage area is via a short staircase. Wheelchair-accessible entry is available; if you need alternative access without stairs, please contact Community of Music Makers to alert us, and plan to arrive a little early and ask for assistance.
  • Paid parking may be available at the Performing Arts Garage (1/2 block from Davies Symphony Hall).
  • Participants will be provided with sheet music at the workshop.
  • Dress is casual; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and refrain from using scented products (hair spray, perfume, etc.).
  • There will be a break during the workshop, and workshop participants will be provided with coffee, tea, and cookies backstage. Restrooms are available during the break period, and participants may user their cell phones during this time.

  • OBSERVERS: Your seats will be in the Loge section. Note that this is a working session and you may not be able to hear the instructions given onstage. Please enter through the Symphony Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin. Observers will be free to come and go (quietly) as they wish. Observers may exit to the lobby to use their cell phones. Restrooms will be available in the Loge lobby.
  • Observers are welcome to take non-flash photographs from the Loge, using silent hand-held cameras (no tripods please!). Please note that audio recording and videotaping is not allowed.
  • Observers are not allowed on or backstage, or in the orchestra section of Davies Symphony Hall. We ask that observers respect the educational environment of the workshop, and engage in quiet observation throughout the evening.
  • During the last hour of the workshop we will feature a run-through of the workshop music. Observers may choose to attend the run-through only. Plan to arrive by about 8:45 as the run-through will begin at approximately 9:00pm.


Listen to the Repertoire



Performed by Matthew Curtis.

Orff: Carmina Burana

Veris leta facies

Floret silva

O Fortuna

All Carmina Burana selections performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Marin Alsop, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.




Additional Rehearsal Tools



Kyrie eleison

Christe eleison.

Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy

Veris leta facies

Veris leta facies
mundo propinatur,
hiemalis acies
victa iam fugatur,
in vestitu vario
Flora principatur,
nemorum dulcisono
que cantu celebratur.

Flore fusus gremio
Phebus novo more
risum dat, hac vario
iam stipate flore.
Zephyrus nectareo
spirans in odore.
Certatim pro bravio
curramus in amore.

The merry face of spring
turns to the world,
sharp winter
now flees, vanquished;
bedecked in various colours
Flora reigns,
the harmony of the woods
praises her in song. Ah!

Lying in Flora's lap
Phoebus once more
smiles, now covered
in many-coloured flowers,
Zephyr breathes nectar-
scented breezes.
Let us rush to compete
for love's prize. Ah!

Cytharizat cantico
dulcis Philomena,
flore rident vario
prata iam serena,
salit cetus avium
silve per amena,
chorus promit virginum
iam gaudia millena.

In harp-like tones sings
the sweet nightingale,
with many flowers
the joyous meadows are laughing,
a flock of birds rises up
through the pleasant forests,
the chorus of maidens
already promises a thousand joys. Ah!

Floret silva

Floret silva nobilis
floribus et foliis.

Ubi est antiquus
meus amicus?

Hinc equitavit,
eia, quis me amabit?

Floret silva undique,
nah min gesellen ist mir we.

Gruonet der walt allenthalben,
wa ist min geselle alse lange?

Der ist geriten hinnen,
o wi, wer sol mich minnen?

The noble woods are burgeoning
with flowers and leaves.

Where is the lover
I knew? Ah!

He has ridden off!
Oh! Who will love me? Ah!

The woods are burgeoning all over,
I am pining for my lover.

The woods are turning green all over,
why is my lover away so long? Ah!

He has ridden off,
Oh woe, who will love me? Ah!

O Fortuna

O Fortuna,
velut luna
statu variabilis,

semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis

nunc obdurate
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,

dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,

status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,

et velata
michi quoque niteris;

nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,

est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.

Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;

quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,

ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life

first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;

and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,

you are malevolent,
well-being is in vain
and always fades to nothing,

and veiled
you plague me too;

now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,

driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.

So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;

since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everybody weep with me!


Pronunciation guide


Veris leta facies

Floret silva

O Fortuna

Practice Tracks for Individual Parts

Professionally recorded rehearsal tracks by Matthew Curtis


practice tracks





More about the Music: Suggested Reading & Listening

Orff: Carmina Burana

Reading: Carl Orff, by Andreas Liess (St. Martin's)  |  For the literary background of Carmina burana: Helen Waddell's The Wandering Scholars (Barnes and Noble)

Recordings:Herbert Blomstedt conducting the San Francisco Symphony, SFS Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, with Lynne Dawson, John Daniecki, and Kevin McMillan (Decca—Grammy winner, Best Choral Recording, 1992)  |  Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and Cleveland Boys Choir, with Judith Blegen, Kenneth Riegel, and Peter Binder (Sony Classical Great Performances)  |  Donald Runnicles conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with the Gwinnett Young Singers, Earle Patriarco, Hong Hei-Kyung, and Stanford Olsen (Telarc)