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August 22, 2016/Rehearsal #1

Dear Vocalise,

It was wonderful to see each and every one of you on Monday night, and on behalf of all of us at Cantabile, we are so excited for another year of exceptional music making!

On Monday, in addition to meeting many new friends, we started three new SATB pieces, and one SSA.  Please see your action items for practicing below:

Grace (SATB), arranged by Mark Hayes

  • Please have your parts learned by next rehearsal.  
  • As a reminder, Alto 2’s will sing the Tenor part, and Soprano 2’s and Alto 1’s will sing the Alto part at the following locations:
    • m.31-m.33
    • m.41-m.80
  • Make sure you are breathing at the appropriate times (stagger breathe), and are not taking breaths between beats 1 and 2, following a tied whole note (i.e. between beats 1 and 2 in m.6, m.10 etc.)
  • Do make sure you are lifting when indicated (m.48, and m.52)
  • Don’t slow down on the long phrases and cadences, especially coming out of tied whole notes
  • Intonation: pay attention to the pitch on the tied whole notes as well and make sure it’s not going flat as the pitch is held– keep the breath moving, find sneaky places to renew breath

Listen to the excellent rendition of the piece on Spotify:  BYU Women’s Choir’s CD, “Wondrous Love” which we listened to on Monday.

Vindo (SATB)

Learning most of your part for next week.  If you’re not sure which part to learn, work on the text and the rhythm throughout.  

  • The words to this piece are nonsense syllables to resemble Finnish (some of them are actual Finish)

Here’s the video we watched in rehearsal.

Amavolovolo (SATB)

  • Have your parts memorized on words by next week.
  • Keep in mind the nature and intention of this song; it’s meant to find joy in spite of, or in the middle of all the violence that was taking place.  When you sing it, you should want to dance!

Here’s the video of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir we watched in rehearsal.

Iraqi Peace Song (SSA)

  • We read through this last night. Start working on your parts.
  • Start thinking about (and working on) the solo and if you’d like to audition.
  • Remember, this CD was put together in response to President Bush’s declaration of the “Axis of Evil” countries, as a way of bringing about more peace and understanding between different cultures.  

Here’s the original CD track, of which this choral version is an adaptation.

Other announcements and reminders:

  • A very warm welcome to our newest Vocalise members: Samantha, Christiana, Preethi, Nikita and Nadia, and to our two new VTG members; Cameron and Aaron!  We are thrilled to have you with us!
  • A HUGE thank you to our two choir parents for this year: Natalya and Allison!
  • Congratulations to your junior faculty: Megan and Simon, who have been appointed student conductors for Aria and Bravi, respectively!
  • Monterey (SSA Singers) – please make sure you talk with your parents about it this week and register online through the member logged in portion (if you found this blog, you are signed in!)  
  • Parent orientation is Monday, September 12th at 7:30pm.  Your parents must attend – we will cover a whole year of vital information! Vocalise is a family commitment: for you to be success, your parents must be well informed and stay current to all our activities.
  • Retreat: all singers are required to attend the Cantabile retreat at YMCA Camp Campbell September 16th – September 18th.  Please make sure you read your handout!
  • Girls: We are changing the shoe requirement for this year.  Please purchase your new shoes (Capezio Daisy Ballet Flat in black) through Amazon or Capezio asap!
  • Bring your yoga mats!  Every week we will start at exactly 5:30pm on the floor with our shoes and socks off, and our yoga mats half-rolled beneath us. (Several yoga mats were left at rehearsal last night!) New singers will be getting their Cantabile yoga mats at retreat.  

Thank you all for an amazing first week of making music together.  It’s going to be a life-changing year for all of us, and it truly wouldn’t be possible without all your focused and passionate work, dedication, and love that you’re going to put into the music.  Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you next Monday!

Elena, Jace, and Jazmine

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