Laney Armstrong

Dear Vocalise Singers,

Thank you for your hard work on Monday. We covered a lot of ground, but there is still much to do. We only have three rehearsal left before your concert on May 7th. Practice is the name of the game this week. Everything must come back better than it was last week!

Announcements and Assignments

 

  • Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement sequences as Elena assigned. These practices should be 10-12 min or longer, and no less than 3 times a week.

 

  1. Moment of stillness — eyes closed, turning attention inward, reconnecting with all sensations of the body
  2. Slow, smooth, deep and even breath — hands on abdomen, feeling the body expand with inhale and condense with exhale
  3. Align the body by drawing your attention to each part of the body, beginning with feet, finishing with crown of head
  4. Continue with breath/movement flow exercises as practiced in rehearsal

Observe and remember your sensations and feelings at the end of session. The desirable outcome should bring

    • Light, spacious, flexible body — ready for direct experience with self and the world, eager to connect and enjoy, longing to sing
    • Mind curious and open, non-judgemental
    • Playful, joyous, welcoming spirit

This week we spent a lot of time talking about alignment specifically. Keep it in mind during your days!

 

Rehearsal Review:

  • Lift Thine Eyes: We reviewed this and especially spent time on dynamics and interpretation. We also sang mostly from memory.
  • Bonny Wood Green: We discussed World War I, and worked on cleaning up each verse. Please review at home to be sure that the rhythms are clean and accurate.
  • We also sang Ain’t No Grave and Dirait-on. These were not as well learned as they should be. Review these at home, please!
  • With the men, we sang Oh My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose and Double Shot.
    • On Double Shot, all S2s should sing the Alto line, for now.
    • Please review these both.

Music for Spring Concert

Please be sure you have all of this music learned, and learned well enough to sing on your own. Find new ways to practice and be independent!

Vocalise SATB

Tristeza

El Ultimo Café

Double Shot (Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Give Us Hope          

Imagine                    

Red, Red, Rose (you will get the music for this soon)           

Come and Sing (SAB)

El Pambiche Lento (re-arranged for SAB)

Vocalise SSA

Lift Thine Eyes

Bonny Wood Green

Beatitudes

Ain’t No Grave

Dirait on

 

April 14, 2016

April 11, 2016/Rehearsal #13

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April 7, 2016

April 6, 2016/Rehearsal #13

Dear Ensemble Singers, This week we started on repertoire for our Spring Concert. Please use the guidelines below for practice and be sure to review specific assignments. I will have a schedule for memory next week! Action Items for Next Week: Loch Lomond: Review your part and be able to differentiate between dotted and even eighth notes.   Like a […]
April 7, 2016

April 4, 2016/Rehearsal #12

Dear Vocalise Singers, We only have four more rehearsals until your concert! In the blog this week, you will find a list of the music we will be learning for the your concert and the All-Choir Concert. Please spend your time reviewing all of these pieces and ensuring they are getting ready for performance. Announcements and Assignments   Please continue […]
March 31, 2016

March 28, 2016/Rehearsal #11

Dear Vocalise Singers, The blog this week is a bit different. Instead of a rundown of rehearsal, it is a chart that details what you will be singing at the Festival and with Maestro Escalada. Please use it as a guideline for your practice in preparation for Friday and Saturday! Announcements and Assignments     This Week is the Clinic […]
March 31, 2016

March 30, 2016/Rehearsal #12

Dear Ensemble singers, This is a very busy week. Please take a look at the blog and practice now! Reminders: Here are the events for the rest of this week: Thursday 3/31: Clinic with Maestro Escalada 5:45 to 7:30 at FCC. Saturday, 4/2: Festival Day! Where: First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto Uniform: Black Cantabile t-shirt, smart blue jeans, sneakers […]
March 24, 2016

March 23, 2016/Rehearsal #11

Dear Ensemble singers, You are working very hard, and I continue to be impressed with the excellent progress we have been making in rehearsal. Keep it up! Only one more rehearsals before we meet with Maestro Escalada! Reminders: Next week is Festival Week! Please be sure these events are on your calendar. They are required! Wednesday 3/30: Regular rehearsal Thursday 3/31: […]
March 23, 2016

March 21, 2016/Rehearsal #10

Dear Vocalise Singers, You are taking a leap forward with ever-more challenging repertoire and exciting experiences ahead. Next week is our last rehearsal before the Friday clinic with Maestro Escalada! Keep up the work at home. Announcements and assignments Next Week is the Clinic with Maestro Escalada and the Festival. Your schedule is as follows:   Friday, 4/1–Clinic with Maestro […]
March 21, 2016

March 14, 2016/Rehearsal #9

Dear Vocalise Singers, We have three weeks of intense Latin American music in front of us before Maestro Escalada comes to join us. Enjoy this process of immersing yourself in this vibrant and amazing music!   Assignments     Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement sequences as Elena assigned. These practices should be 10-12 min or longer, […]