August 31, 2015/Rehearsal #2

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August 31, 2015/Rehearsal #2

Dear Vocalise Singers,

I so enjoyed “setting the container” with you at the beginning of rehearsal on Monday. This exercise, along with your wonderful spellings of VOCALISE by grade level, are a spectacular way to start off our year. As we work together–breathing together, meditating together, and generously sharing the space with each other–may we remember the wholeness we felt as a group this past week. I hope to inhabit this space and share it with you constantly throughout this great year. Thank you for the spirit, energy, and willingness you all bring to each rehearsal.

News and Reminders

  • Along with your music folder, water bottle and pencil, bring a large beach towel, a yoga mat or a hard cushion to each rehearsal.
  • Each Vocalise rehearsal will be begin promptly at 5:30:

Arrive at least 5 min early

Check-in quickly outside

Fold your mat/towel and be seated on the floor, facing the piano

(If you are late, please wait until the opening breathing and meditation is over – someone will come and invite you in)

  • Please complete the commitment form and registration online before Sept. 9th (if you have not yet done so already.) If you need help with this, please contact Amelia at
  • NO rehearsal next Monday due to Labor Day. Have a restful long weekend and follow the notes before to practice: You will need to do two weeks worth of home practice to be ready for Sept. 14th rehearsal. Thank you for being diligent.

Rehearsal Review and Practice Guide

Remember: As a member of Vocalise, you are responsible for keeping everything we have accomplished so far fresh in your voice and your mind. There are many pieces in your folder — some we have been practicing this fall, some you know already from Cantabile’ permanent repertoire, others are still a mystery — but you need to give attention to them all!

Some tips for enjoyable and effective practice:

  1. Treat every piece of music as a source of artistic inspiration, a window into the world and a means to connect with others. What is the story behind? Google the piece — what can you learn about the composition and the text? Search on Spotify (remember, it’s free!) for a good recording and look on youtube. The recordings we send are always good examples we approve.
  2. Go beyond the piece: read about the style, the period, the region, the history, the composer, and the text. Immerse yourself in the style and world of the piece.
  3. Get inspired and bring that to your practice. As you get inspired, reviewing and learning your part is no longer a chore, it is an exciting journey!

Chantez à Dieu by Eleanor Daley

For Sept 14th rehearsal:

  • Master the piece!
  • Write in ALL solfege in the entire piece, if you have not already done so.
  • Practice singing your part on counts (we call it count-singing), on solfege and on “Loh” You must know your part so well that you can perform by in a trio at next rehearsal..

You Got Ta Move

For next rehearsal:

  • Review pitches and rhythms, in the sections we worked on (p. 3 and p.14-end)
  • Listen to a recording and learn the notes for the rest of the piece.  

Music term of the day: Portato (Ital., past participle of portare, “to carry”) — articulated legato, notes long but almost detached. It is marked as tenuto dash with a staccato dot above it.

I Wish You Christmas

For next rehearsal:

  • Know your part cold
  • Be prepared to sing with the men when they have solo lines

Re-voicing in this piece:: Second altos, at measure 67 you will drop down to sing the Tenor part until Letter H. First sopranos, seconds sopranos and first altos will create the three-part split on the treble line.

You are beginning to float beautifully, just like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. If you aren’t sure who they are (or even if you are!) watch these videos and get in the mood!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

For next rehearsal:

  • We sang through the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer. Please know this by next rehearsal.
  • Again, be prepared to sing along with the men on their solo lines.
  • Watch the video sent out last week and learn the whole piece. (it is easy!)

Soon we will begin rehearsing Pakkanen by Rajaton. It’s in your folder. Listen to these youtube recordings and get to know the piece so we are learning it more effectively.

See you next Monday.


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