Thank you for a focused, productive rehearsal on Wednesday. Your commitment to our artistry as a choir and to learning all you possibly can is inspiring!
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
Call Times for the Fall Rehearsal: TOMORROW, SATURDAY NOV 4th
Please note your call time for the Fall Rehearsal TOMORROW Saturday, November 4th. Your call time is 9:00 am and you must arrive in your Cantabile T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes/sneakers. Please arrive in the back parking lot (off of Byron St) for check in. A friendly reminder that the concert is scheduled for 1pm, and you will be done by 2pm. The rehearsal and concert are held at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto: 625 Hamilton Ave.
BRING WITH YOU:
Water bottle with your name on it
Please do not bring anything more than this, such as a backpack or rain gear: we will be inside all day and have a full schedule. We are limited in our space and appreciate your support in not bringing unnecessary items.
Holidays with Cantabile Information Coming MONDAY 11/6
Please keep an eye out for information that will be emailed home to you on Monday, 11/6. This will include information about your call and release times, drop off and pick up information, and volunteer sign-ups for our Dress Rehearsal (Tues 11/28) and Holidays with Cantabile Concert (Sun 12/3).
Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale
Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly! Additionally, we need your help in filling the hall, so invite your extended family, friends, teachers, and neighbors today!
Tour Registration Reminder
If you haven’t already told us about your plans to attend tour, please either register via our website or email Jazmine (email@example.com) and let us know your status. Thank you!
ACTION ITEMS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Kyrie Eleison by Ron Kean
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells arr. Jeffery Ames
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
Low Soprano 1
Everyone Makes Mistakes
We will sing this at the November Workshop and Family Concert. Continue to learn this song, and invite your parents and siblings to learn it too!
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Use these rehearsal tracks to be sure your part is accurate and continue to memorize.
BREATHING MEDITATION, STANDING POSITION AND A YOGA FLOW
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
Hands together in front, slowly raising them to a forward salute (inhale)
Exhale — forward bend: round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.
PLace hands on lower back, bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE
Slowly bring arms up as before, inhaling — forward salute and forward arch
Exhale- forward bend
INhale — monkey (legs straight but relaxed, spine straight and long,hands on knees, back and head make a “table”
Exhale — forward fold, bend knees
INhale — Chair (knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms raised above head.
Exhale — standing
Exhale into standing.
Happy practicing! If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .