Katie Gerber

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

Thank you so much for a focused and productive rehearsal on Thursday! Remember my words: All of this detailed work to learn music, and apply beautiful singing and phrasing will pay off in the final weeks leading up to our concert, when you will be able to focus solely on preparing a polished and fun performance. Please keep up the great work and be sure to practice at home so you can come prepared each week.

New Practice Log: It is very important to practice at home, and to know how much you are doing each week. At Cantabile, we expect our Intermediate singers to practice at least 20 minutes per day. Please use this practice log every Thursday morning as a tool to record the approximate number of minutes you have practiced that week (for example, Week of 10/20: 106 min). This does not include musicianship homework. The singer who has logged the most number of minutes will receive a special prize on the last day of rehearsal!

Save the Date: Thursday November 3rdth Masterclass with Elena Sharkova

Parents are welcome to sit in on this special opportunity for the singers of Intermediate Chorus to perform and receive expert instruction from our world famous Artistic Director. The Masterclass portion of our rehearsal will take place from 6:00-7:00, during which time the singers will perform and work on 1-2 selections from their current repertoire. Please join us!

Uniforms

New Cantabile singers will need uniforms for our upcoming workshop on November 5th and our Winter Concert on December 4th– please order as soon as possible at Merry Mart Uniforms!

Action Items for this Week:

Mid-Winter

  • Please start memorizing for our next rehearsal, including the dynamics and expressive elements of the song
  • Study the text, and find all the diphthongs, and determine what vowel you will need to extend to create a beautiful sound (for instance “pine” should have a beautiful and tall “ah”).
  • Take special care to review to 2-part harmony section we worked so hard on, in mm. 37-44.
  • Please relax the face and jaw muscles as you sing in the higher sections of the song by gently placing your palms on your cheeks to produce tall vowel and a more vertical feel.
  • Feel a release and expansion in your ribcage between phrases!
  • Continue to Listen as you follow along in your score

Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow – you are singing this for Elena!

  • Start to memorize this song for Thursday,  including the dynamics and expressive elements of the song – move while you sing, either with our six rhythm block, or a slow two, or step to the pulse!
  • Review the trickier harmonies in mm. 37-44
  • Please focus on the dynamic contrasts in measures 45-end – there are many different markings and they are all very important!
  • Continue to listen to your part (below) and practice at home.
  • Here is also some interesting history about the song, and its relationship to Jazz and Blues – we will continue to talk about this in the coming weeks.

Stars Tonight – you are singing this for Elena!

  • Review the song with the help of solfege (C is doh) and playing the pitches on the piano, taking note of the syncopates and dotted rhythms.
  • Prepare to have this memorized in two weeks, including all expressive elements (dynamics, articulation, tempo changes, phrasing).
  • Study the text, and find all the diphthongs, and determine what vowel you will need to extend to create a beautiful sound (for instance “pine” should have a beautiful and tall “ah”).

Shiru

  • Speak the text slowly, then sing your part slowly, each day this week, and NOT just the refrain  – the hardest sections are mm. 13-22 and mm. 30-55.
  • Please relax the face and jaw muscles as you sing in the higher sections of the song by gently placing your palms on your cheeks to produce tall vowel and a more vertical feel.
  • 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!”

 

Allunde Alluya

  • Excellent work on both the music and choreography of this Swahili song! Practice what we learned this week!
  • Please continue to 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.

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

  1. Recall the phrasing and dynamics which Lori encouraged you to make with the help of the ball. Can you recreate this visual by making flowing, small and large motions with your arms? Places where this was particularly essential were ‘O moon,” “are you listening” and “I’ll wait for you.”
  2. Create and imagine an atmosphere for this piece as soon as the piano starts!
  3. Have an owl “oooh” vowel sound for “moon.”
  4. Watch for crisp ending consonants, particularly “t” in “night,” and “light.”
  5. Look for all the diphthongs in the music , in particular “O” in “O moon” and focus on elongating the first vowel.
  6. Circle all the dynamics in your score and be sure to memorize them, along with the music!
  7. 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!

Musicianship A – start reviewing for your exam on November 17th!

Excellent work improvising and playing your Candy Rhythms, and creating polyrhythms! You also reviewed F major a practiced writing the scale on the staff. Lovely work reviewing G major, and sight-singing Morning is Come. Then you reviewed several important musical symbols with Music Jeopardy! This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 29-32, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 15-16. 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 – start reviewing for your mid-year test on November 17th!                                                                           

Excellent work improvising Halloween Word Rhythms, and creating polyrhythms!  You then split up into small groups and worked on come complex rhythms which you then performed for the class, some of you in canon. This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 15-16. 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

  • Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
  • Be sure you are all caught up with your assignments and have read and followed my comments and feedback
  • Read up on constructing minor scales and then please construct the following scales on Noteflight: d natural minor, g harmonic minor, and a melodic minor.

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

Warmly,

Katie, Matthew, and Simon

 

October 16, 2016

Thursday October 12th: Rehearsal # 8

Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you so much for a focused and productive rehearsal on Thursday! Remember my words: All of this detailed work to learn music, and apply beautiful singing and phrasing will pay off in the final weeks leading up to our concert, when you will be able to focus solely on preparing a polished and fun performance. Please […]
October 8, 2016

Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 7 Thursday October 6th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you so much for another great rehearsal on Thursday, and for your wonderful work with our guest, Lori. You made her feel very welcome, and I know she was so impressed by your sound, and by all the progress you were able to make in such a short time. You make me very proud! Parents of […]
October 8, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 4 Week of October 7th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 2 Chorus! We are starting to dig more into our recital repertoire whilst covering some important musical concepts through games, dances, fun songs, and instruments. Please read this blog very carefully this week, as it features many recordings of Prep 2’s recitals songs. From Jazmine and […]
October 7, 2016

Prep 1 Blog # 4 Thursday October 6th

Greetings, Prep 1 Families, Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsing in Prep 1 Chorus! It was lovely to welcome Ashley and Nicole back from their trip, and we had a new singer, Aurelia, join us today! What a great group of young singers! Rehearsal Recap: We kicked off class with a fun song featuring body percussion and nonsense […]
October 7, 2016

Prep 3 Blog # 4 Week of October 7th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 Chorus!  The children are starting to develop a beautiful sound and we have really begun to dig into some exciting repertoire for our Winter Recital! Thank you sharing this important post with your child this weekend, as it contains many recordings of the songs they […]
October 2, 2016

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 […]
September 30, 2016

Prep 3 Blog # 3 Week of September 30th

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! The children are settling in to our rehearsal routine and expectations, getting to know one another, getting to know me, and we are already making great progress in developing their overall vocal tone and unified sound. Rehearsal Recap: The children enjoyed greeting each other with a new partner […]
September 30, 2016

Prep 2 Blog # 3 Week of September 30th

Greetings, Prep 2 Families, Thank you for another great week of rehearsals in Prep 2! Please use the information below to help reinforce our activities at home, and to see what we’re up to in rehearsal! Jazmine and Katie’s Classes (Monday and Tuesday) – Theme – Animal Friends! Rehearsal Recap: The children welcomed one another with our familiar mixer, “How […]