David Belles

Dear Bravi,

I really was impressed with your work on sustained tone. Please carry that work forward throughout the year. It helps you to have a gentle, accurate, and connected sound.

The recording session is upon us! You are now responsible for having all your Winter Concert material at recording level. Please pay particular attention to “I Wish You Christmas,” page 8, measure 50 – make sure that you are able to make that entrance sound consistently as good as it did in rehearsal on Monday. And, of course, review Go Tell it and The Rose.

If you have extra time, please spend time memorizing Seven Bridges Road and practicing El Último Café. Here is a good recording of Cafë with the arranger himself conducting! (The singing starts around 2:10.) You can use this both for music and for pronunciation.

Here is the specific recording info:

When? Monday 2/29

Where? All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto (555 Waverly St.)

Call Time? 5:00pm
Bravi/VTG Release? approximately 7:00pm

Please make sure you bring all of your music from the Holiday Concert as well as your water bottle and pencil. In terms of clothing, please be sure to wear soft-soled shoes and quiet clothing (no windbreakers, etc.). We will be taking some video at this session, so please, no shorts, athletic or otherwise.

See you then!

Mr. Belles

February 26, 2016

February 22, 2016/Rehearsal #20

Dear Bravi, I really was impressed with your work on sustained tone. Please carry that work forward throughout the year. It helps you to have a gentle, accurate, and connected sound. The recording session is upon us! You are now responsible for having all your Winter Concert material at recording level. Please pay particular attention to “I Wish You Christmas,” page 8, […]
February 10, 2016

February 8, 2016/Rehearsal #19

Dear Bravi and VTG, Monday’s was a long rehearsal for sure, but you pushed through it well. Thank you for your good attitudes about whatever you are asked to do – you sounded even better (and more energized) after you came in from your run around the parking lot!  😉 As a reminder: there is no rehearsal this coming week; we […]
February 2, 2016

February 1, 2016/Rehearsal #18

Dear Bravi and VTG, I truly enjoyed last night’s rehearsal. It was a chance for us all to work at a more relaxed pace and to hit some specific technical issues. All of you, I’m really proud of you for the awesome work that you put in – we were really making a good sound on Seven Bridges Road!! Okay, here’s […]
January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016/Rehearsal #17

Dear Bravi and VTG, That was fun working with the combo on Monday, wasn’t it?! This week will be a very simple blog post. Bravi and VTG, make sure that you have all your music ready for Saturday’s Gala. VTG, please practice Bridge Over Troubled Water – I’m concerned about that one still. All of you, please remember to review your Winter […]
January 21, 2016

January 18, 2016/Rehearsal #16

Dear Bravi and VTG, Thank you for your good work on Monday! A few words about vocal tone: Please be constantly conscious of your own sound in the moment as you sing. Do not attempt to sing louder than is natural, and do not attempt to sing with a more mature (more “manly”) tone than is natural. Your voices are still developing, […]
January 16, 2016

January 11, 2016/Rehearsal #15

Dear Bravi, Good work on Monday, both with me and with Laney. I appreciate the way that you always bring your ‘A’ game to rehearsal; I really feel that we accomplish so much each week! VTG, please spend time on your individual notes on Bridge Over Troubled Water. Those notes go by quickly, and we need to have each one […]
January 9, 2016

January 4, 2016/Rehearsal #14

Dear Bravi, You have started the new year off very solidly. Good job to all! I realize that some of your voices are shifting around as the year goes by, but you are all handling that well. Don’t let it phase you, and get used to it for a while.  🙂 It’s a new semester of music learning, so let me remind […]
December 6, 2015

November 30, 2015/Rehearsal #13

Dear Bravi, I was so proud of you, both on Monday and Tuesday! Both on the combined repertoire and on your solo repertoire you sound confident and beautiful. Don’t forget to sing in the same way on your concert tomorrow!  🙂 At the bottom you will find notes giving the specifics of tomorrow’s performance. Please don’t hesitate to email me […]