Justin Cavazos

Action Items

  1. Learn “We are a Circle”
  2. Find the beauty in “I Dreamed of Rain” and refine intonation/accuracy
  3. Listen to “Past Life Melodies” and follow your part, making sure it’s pencilled in.
  4. Listen to Esti Dal and familiarize yourself with the melody and counterpoint.

 

We Are a Circle

  • Review roadmap – you’re alway singing the melody
  • Make sure your part is accurately marked and learned in the correct order
  • Sing rhythmically with crisp diction and a bright tone
  • Use glottal attacks and breath accents
  • use a bright tone to reflect the vitality in the piece

 

I Dreamed of Rain

  • review all rhythms and syncopation
  • tenors, focus on intonation and beauty of like at the half cadence before the final phrase of each verse.
  • Moving quarters are the most important line and must be articulated clearly, sung beautifully, and connected with the rest of the ensemble
  • sing with warmth and feeling… never “phone it in”

 

Famine Song

  • Always use intensity in the tone–even in soft opening hummed passages
  • Remember that this is a prayer AND a lament.  This has to be captured perfectly in your “intro”
  • balancing the upper voices must be done with resonance and breath support, not by pushing.

 

Past Life Melodies

  • review parts
  • remember that some tenor parts should be sung in unison with the altos, in their octave
  • work on overtones (especially tenors)

 

Esti Dal

  • Learn the notes and sing with a sweet, earnest tone.
  • You can listen to the piece here.

 

Notes

    • There is no Sunday Rehearsal this week
    • We have a location and times for our Music Commissioning event with Joan Szymko – The event will be held at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 26th. The event starts at 3:30 PM, but you are called at 2 PM. We will update you if anything changes.

 

  • Location, Date, and Time changes for Cantabile’s Spring Concert with Aria, Bravi, and VTG:

 

    • Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 12th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto – 4:30-9PM
    • Concert: Saturday, May 13th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto – Call time, 10:30 AM, Concert 1 PM
March 3, 2017

Feb. 27 – Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #6

Action Items Learn “We are a Circle” Find the beauty in “I Dreamed of Rain” and refine intonation/accuracy Listen to “Past Life Melodies” and follow your part, making sure it’s pencilled in. Listen to Esti Dal and familiarize yourself with the melody and counterpoint.   We Are a Circle Review roadmap – you’re alway singing the melody Make sure your […]
February 23, 2017

Vocalise Blog #6: 2/13/2017

Dear Vocalise, I hope you are all having a wonderful and restful ski week! Stay safe with all of the rough weather. Please don’t forget that we will be back in rehearsal on Monday, February 27th, so take the time to refresh your memory on what we’ve worked on and learn the pieces listed below before we meet again.   […]
February 11, 2017

Vocalise Blog #5: 2/6/2017

Dear Vocalise,   Hope your weekend if off to a great start. Things are busy here in preparation for tomorrow’s Gala. Best wishes to Aria and Bravi singers on being the entertainment and the inspiration at this this very important and celebratory event.   “Strength often lies in numbers but excellence can only come from personal dedication” (anon.)   “Practice […]
February 3, 2017

Vocalise Blog #4: 1/30/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal — thank you all! I hope you read my email sent on Monday night. It is important that we continue our conversation about about the place of art in human history, about community, vulnerability, and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive […]
January 27, 2017

Vocalise Blog #3: 1/23/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal! I will write to you separately to continue a very important conversation about community, vulnerability and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive practice. Set your practice times, make a plan of what you will practice and revise it if needs to […]
January 20, 2017

Vocalise Blog #2: 1/16/17

Dear Vocalise, Action Items for your practice before Monday’s rehearsal: Get familiar with the new repertoire by reading the notes below and the program notes in each score (when provided) Listen to performance examples (follow links below) Sing your lines, get familiar with texts   New Repertoire: SSA (will be performed with Ensemble at All-Choir Concert) For SATB songs, scroll […]
January 12, 2017

Vocalise Rehearsal #1: 1/9/17

Dear Vocalise and Bravi, It was simply wonderful to see you all at the first rehearsal and get back to our singing. The room fills up with so much energy and excitement… aren’t we lucky to have Mondays like that?! Just a month after releasing Cantabile’s first professional CD Music Down in My Soul, we begin recording the second one […]
November 17, 2016

Vocalise Rehearsal #11 11/14/16

Dear Vocalise, Thank you for a wonderful rehearsal this Monday. We, your instructors, were moved by the resolve and the wholehearted commitment to music that you showed so sincerely last Monday night. Let’s “lift our eyes to the mountains” and keep the focus on the work we have been so passionately doing — bringing beauty, joy and healing to this […]