Intermediate Rehearsal Blog

 

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

On behalf of Matthew, Simon, and me, thank you for your hard work in yesterday’s Intermediate Chorus Rehearsal. We are starting to dive deep into challenging repertoire from many styles and ethnicities, and I truly praise you for your great enthusiasm and focus- it will truly pay off in the coming weeks! Remember our ultimate goal: Beautiful and unified singing, joining our souls and voices together in song!

Save the Date: Thursday September 29th Masterclass with Jace Wittig

Parents are welcome to sit in on this special opportunity for the singers of Intermediate Chorus to perform and receive expert instruction from a superb musician and performer. The Masterclass portion of our rehearsal will take place from 6:15-7:15, during which time the singers will perform and work on 1-2 selections from their current repertoire. Please join us!

Trivia Question: What does the German word “Ruh” or “Ruhe” mean?

Action Items for this Week:

  • Review the two canons we have recently worked on: Dona Nobis Pacem and Now I Walk in Beauty, along with the movements which tie in so well with the phrasing of the music.
  • Please review the pronunciation for Bist du bei mir with the help of this recording:

    Particularly watch the “ich” laut, and remembering that in German the “w” sounds like an American “v,” and a German “v” sounds like an American “f!” The “ä” in the word “Hände” is pronounced “eh,” as the vowel sound in the word “bet.” Remember to keep the “ooh” sound in “und” more open, like the vowel sound in the word “book.” Lastly, in spite of what I orginally said, we will sing schönen instead of lieben after all. Continue to listen whilst following along in your score, and decide when you think the phrases are longer and more legato (one step every four measures), and when they are shorter, with more emphasis on each beat (3 steps per measure).

  • Review our newest song, Mid-Winter, while following along in your score. Pay attention to your vowels, keeping them slimmer and taller, rather than “wide and smiley,” and always feel your breath carrying the vowels on an exhalation. Feel your ribcage expand and release between phrases in order to master these long legato lines. Speak the text of this poem by Christina Rosetti, and take special care with crisp, ending consonants. Sing the opening motif “mi-re-mi-fa-sol-la-sol” and find how many times it comes back in the music.
  • Listen to “Shiru,” 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!”
  • Sing the opening phrases of Rise Up Shepherd and Follow while doing the 6 rhythm bock body percussion. Listen to the attached recording of either 1 or 2.
  • Part One
  • Part Two

  • For those of you who have not yet done so, please print, complete and bring back the attached All About Me sheet for our next rehearsal. It will be great fun to share these with one another in the coming weeks!
  • Review our Rhythm Block Body Warm-up, and watch the fabulous Keith Terry reviewing it in slow motion.

Musicianship A

Excellent work reading and playing your Instrument Rhythms! You worked on singing and writing the Chromatic Scale and reviewed the white and black keys on the piano. This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 9-12, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 5-6. 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                                                                                                                                   

Excellent work reading and playing your Percussion Rhythms! You also reviewed a number of different time signatures and added in missing the bar lines in 2/4, ¾ 4/4 and 6/8 time. You also completed a challenging rhythmic dictation. Great job! This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 5-6. 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: As your second assignment on Noteflight, I would like you to do the following:

  1. Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
  2. Create a new score in treble clef, with key signature G Major, time signature 4/4.
  3. Select ONE instrument or vocal line only.
  4. Composing two contrasting sections (A and B) each four measures long. The A section is one musical thought or theme, and the B section is a different thought or theme. Each section should start and end on G. Think about how to make the sections differ – through rhythmic values, pitch material, etc.
  5. Be sure to vary your rhythmic values with the use of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
  6. Implement dynamics and articulation.

Trivia Answer: Ruhe means peace, quiet, or rest.

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

Warmly,

Katie, Matthew, and Simon

 

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Thursday May 5th/ Rehearsal # 17

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April 29, 2016

Thursday April 28th/ Rehearsal # 16

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April 22, 2016

Thursday April 21st/ Rehearsal # 15

Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you for another very productive rehearsal this evening  – it was great to have almost everyone back from their trips and events, and we are in good shape as we make final preparations for our All-Choir Spring Concert on Saturday May 14th.  Keep up the good work – continuing studying, listening, and memorizing your songs at home […]
April 15, 2016

Thursday April 14th/ Rehearsal # 14

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