Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 6 Thursday Sept. 30th

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Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 6 Thursday Sept. 30th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

Thank you so much for a wonderfully productive rehearsal on Thursday, and for your performance and detailed work for Jace. You are beginning to develop a beautiful and consistent sound, and we are getting through a lot of repertoire and vocal milestones during each rehearsal. Keep up the good work!

Trivia Question: What is the name of the world famous choral group of which Jace Wittig was a member for several years?

Action Items for this Week:

Bist du bei mir  – please continue to review and practice, in particular, the points which Jace made:

  1. Have an owl “oooh” vowel sound for all the words with “ooh”: Du, zum, zu, and Ruh.
  2. Make “hills” to create beautiful shapes and phrasing, particularly in the phrases which have a lot of slurs (“zum sterben und zu meiner Ruh,” for example)
  3. Remember the message of the song – love, and friendship! Show it in your faces!
  4. Look for all the diphthongs in the music (“meiner” “Frueden” for example) and focus on elongating the first vowel.
  5. Circle all the dynamics in your score and be sure to memorize them, along with the music!

The Moon – please continue to review and practice, in particular, the points which Jace made:

  1. Create and imagine an atmosphere for this piece as soon as the piano starts!
  2. Have an owl “oooh” vowel sound for “moon.”
  3. Watch for crisp ending consonants, particularly “t” in “night,” and “light.”
  4. Look for all the diphthongs in the music , in particular “O” in “O moon” and focus on elongating the first vowel.
  5. Circle all the dynamics in your score and be sure to memorize them, along with the music!
  6. Part 2, continue to review your part and have more confidence in singing out with warmth and expression – you know it and you sing it beautifully!

Shiru

  • Wonderful job working through your vocal parts in 2 circles. Measures 13-22 are challenging, as are measures 30-55 – please review!
  •  Continue to listen to the mp3 and studying your vocal part, as well as the pronunciation, in particular the “ch” sound and all the consonants with an apostrophe, which requires an “ih” sound, such as v’ = “vih.” Check out this pronunciation guide, which includes Hebrew cyrillics, Roman letters, and how to pronounce the letter with IPA and English examples
  • Continue to listen whilst following along in your score, and listen for the two vocal parts 1 and 2. Please take note of the Hebrew pronunciation – this is based upon Psalm 98, and means “Sing!”

Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow

Allunde Alluya

  • You now have the music for this song – please listen and watch the video of Cantabile performing this in 2012, which also features beautiful movements which we will perform at the winter concert! This is a beautiful African Prayer Lullaby with Swahili text.

Mid-Winter

Musicianship A

Excellent work reading and playing your International Rhythms, and then writing a simple rhythmic dictation! You also reviewed C major, F major and G major scales, and practiced writing them on the staff. Lovely work sight-singing Scotland’s Burning, La Cloche, and O, How Lovely. This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 21-24, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 11-12. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday.  Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK MATTHEW!  

Musicianship B                                                                                                                         

Excellent work reading and performing with the Rhythm Cubes!  You then split up into small groups and worked on sight-singing in F major. I was so impressed with those of you who performed your canon for the class, and we will continue focusing on this in the coming weeks. This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 11-12. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday. Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK ME! 

Singers who have completed Book 3 – I am a bit behind in reviewing your compositions! Please stay tuned for feedback this week. In the meantime – As your fourth assignment on Noteflight, I would like you to do the following:

  1. Review the diatonic chords of D major. Also review inversions.
  2. Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
  3. Create a composition in D and in 6/8 time signature for two instruments, or piano. Please incorporate a flat 7 (c natural) and a flat 3rd (f natural) and raised 4th (G#) to create a gospel/blues style. If possible, utilize call and response, by having a 4 measure refrain which recurs after every new section (think “Rise up Shepherd and Follow”) Each section should have the same number of measures, between 6 and 12 or more if you like, but the number should be even. Be sure the melody resides in the top voice, and utilize contrasting rhythmic values, dynamics, and articulation.
  4. Add triads to, or harmonize your melody in the lower instrument, with the diatonic triads of F major (mostly using I, VI, V and vi chords).  Feel free to use root, first or second inversion. Please write to me if you do not understand.

Trivia Answer: Chanticleer!

Have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

Warmly,

Katie, Matthew, and Simon

 

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