Ensemble Rehearsal Blog

Dear Ensemble singers,

Thank you for your very hard work refining our program for Saturday. It is going to be tons of fun! All the details you need for the performance are at the end of the post.

Action Items for Next Week:

    • Review music for the LAH Gala using notes below:
      • Happy Anniversary Los Altos Hills!
      • Imagine
      • Come and Sing
      • Hanget Soi

 

  • Review for Wednesday:

 

    • Plena
    • Eu e Você
  • Complete Musicianship Assignments as outlined on your schedule and below

Notes on Pieces for performance:

Come and Sing

Things to remember:

  • We sing this as people are seated to start their dinner
  • First time (all the way through) is in Unison
  • When we sing “hold our hands together” we take hands
  • Second time, with harmony
  • Second sopranos take over when you start “We are friends”
  • Second altos, at the end sing a G# instead of the low E

Hanget Soi

Things to remember:

  • We sing this as people are seated to start their dinner
  • Review the text to be sure it is still in your mouth and brain
  • Stay as engaged as you are when you are singing during the prelude, interludes, and postlude (the piano parts!)

Imagine

Things to remember:

  • We spread out in the room while Mr. Burnell talks and sing from amongst the tables
  • Keep up the good work on the rhythms in the melody
  • Sing to the audience at “You may say I’m a dreamer”
  • Altos, do not add extra notes at the end. Please review the last “be as one”
  • Sopranos, practice taking charge of the melody without losing the beauty in your tone. Do not oversing, but sing with conviction.

Happy Anniversary!

Things to remember:

  • We sing this from the audience, and invite them to sing with us the second time through “Happy Anniversary”
  • We move back to the risers during Michael’s interlude and face away from the audience
  • Turn around when the sopranos sing “Los”
  • Michael is playing measures 38 to 40. No singing!

 

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General Musicianship Notes:

Please be sure you are going back and making all corrections Gwen asks you to make!

 

Musicianship A

Sharp and Flat Charts and sight singing! Use the examples we didn’t cover to practice at home!

For next week: Complete pages 10-12 of Book IV.

 

Musicianship B

Duet singing! Use the examples you didn’t sing to practice at home!

For next week: Complete pages 10-12 of Book V.

 

See you all Saturday (and Wednesday)!

 

Laney

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Ensemble Performance: Los Altos Hills 60th Anniversary Gala

Date: January 30, 2016

Location: Los Altos Golf and Country Club (1560 Country Club Dr, Los Altos, CA 94024) [Map]

Drop Off: 6:30pm

Performance Time: 7:15pm

Pick Up: 7:45pm

This performance is a ticketed event and closed to the public.

Dress: Formal Performance Uniform [Boys should be in blue ties!]. Girls need to have hair pulled back, boys should have well groomed hair. No makeup is necessary for this performance.

 

January 28, 2016

January 27, 2016/Rehearsal #4

Dear Ensemble singers, Thank you for your very hard work refining our program for Saturday. It is going to be tons of fun! All the details you need for the performance are at the end of the post. Action Items for Next Week: Review music for the LAH Gala using notes below: Happy Anniversary Los Altos Hills! Imagine Come and […]
January 21, 2016

January 20, 2016/Rehearsal #3

Dear Ensemble singers, Thank you for your detailed work this week. Your hard work is most definitely going to pay off as we perform for our community at the Los Altos Hills Gala a week from Saturday. Reminder: You are singing at the Los Altos Hills Gala ONLY on Jan. 30th! The details are below! Action Items for Next Week: […]
January 14, 2016

January 13, 2015/Rehearsal #2

Dear Ensemble singers, Thank you so much for your hard work and excellent sight singing yesterday. We are refining a lot of repertoire you already know, which is really hard work! Keep it up! Brief Announcements: Reminder: You are singing at the Los Altos Hills Gala ONLY on Jan. 30th! Only Aria and Bravi will be singing at the Cantabile […]
January 8, 2016

January 6, 2016/Rehearsal #1

Dear Ensemble singers, Happy New Year! It was so wonderful to see you and make music with you all again. We have a busy semester coming up. Some highlights include: January 30th: Performance at Los Altos Hills 60th Anniversary Gala (see list of repertoire at the end of the post) April 2nd: Our Latin American festival, featuring the composer and […]
December 9, 2015

Holidays with Cantabile Photos!

Happy Holidays! Below is a small present from me to you–a few pictures of you from the concert! To see more pictures, like Cantabile on Facebook. Be sure to tag yourself in any photos! See you in January, Laney
December 3, 2015

December 2, 2015/Rehearsal #14

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families, You have worked incredibly hard this week, and we are ready for the concert on Sunday! I hope you are as excited as I am to share this wonderful music with all those who come to hear you sing. Some reminders from this week: Invite people to the concert! We need your help filling that […]
November 20, 2015

November 18, 2005/Rehearsal #13

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families, We had a fabulous rehearsal this week! Your hard work has paid off so nicely, and it was evident in the focused, beautiful, and musical way that you sang. I am so looking forward to the concert on December 6th. Some reminders from this week: Invite people to the concert! This week, I handed out […]
November 12, 2015

November 11, 2015/Rehearsal #12

Dear Ensemble Singers and Families, Thank you for your attendance and work both at the Workshop on Saturday and in rehearsal on Wednesday. We are getting closer and closer to the concert, and our efforts in memorization, focus, and performance will only grow from here on out! I appreciate your dedication and efforts as we work to make this concert […]