Prep 3 Blog

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers,

Thank you for a great week of rehearsing – it was lovely to have almost 100% attendance in spite of our different location. PLEASE NOTE: We are back at our usual location of FCC in Los Altos for the Monday and Tuesday rehearsals. This is in addition to our dress rehearsal on Thursday! The kids are sounding great and all their hard work and dedication is truly paying off in the quality of their singing – it has been a joy to make music with them this year.

**REMINDERS ABOUT THE ALL CHOIR SPRING CONCERT, DRESS REHEARSAL AND RECITALS**

We have our MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for the All-Choir Spring Concert on Thursday, May 12!

Location: First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Call time for Prep 3: 4:15pm (release time is 6:30)

Uniform: Singers must arrive wearing full concert uniform (red polos with black pants or black skirt with black tights). Shoes must be black, nice, but comfortable for standing. Please remember to have neat hair, out of the face! For singers who are new this semester, your uniform should be purchased here as soon as possible! Please contact Amelia Turvey at amelia@cantabile.org if you have any issues with purchasing a uniform.
Food: Eat something nutritious & energizing before you arrive! This is very important!

Please note: It is our recommendation that each child should bring a book or a quiet activity to the concert, as they will be waiting in their green room during much of Act 2!

RECITALS:

Prep 3 will also perform in recitals (also in full Cantabile uniform) the following week:

Laney’s Prep 3: Monday May 16th 5:00pm – please sign up for the potluck here .

Katie’s Prep 3: Tuesday May 17th 5:30pm – please sign up for the potluck here.

Action Items

  • Please bring your binders to rehearsal next week for end of year collection!
  • Listen to and review Give Us Hopeand Come and Sing, two of our massed songs in the concert!
  • Refine the choreography for Seize the Day
  • Review Sarasponda, particularly the challenging 2-part harmony sections we found challenging in rehearsal last week
  • Review Kokoleoko– review the dynamics we chose and practice singing the song with these contrasts between loud and soft. Review the movements, and the lyrics! (remember, it is “Kokoleoko sister” first, then “Kokoleoko brother” next.
  • Review Hi! Ho! The Ratlin’ Bog
  • Review A Great Big Sea
  • Review and memorize The Swing, including the dynamics!
  • Review all the fun dances we are doing: Los Machetes, Pata Pata, and the Irish Jig.
  • Also review all our canons: Two New Blue Balloons, Laughing, Singing, Sweetly Sings the Donkey, and Sing and Rejoice

See you next week, at our usual rehearsals and our dress rehearsal!

Warmly,

Katie and Laney

 

May 6, 2016

Week of May 6th/ Class # 13

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers, Thank you for a great week of rehearsing – it was lovely to have almost 100% attendance in spite of our different location. PLEASE NOTE: We are back at our usual location of FCC in Los Altos for the Monday and Tuesday rehearsals. This is in addition to our dress rehearsal on Thursday! The kids are sounding […]
April 29, 2016

Week of April 29th/ Class # 12

Greetings, Prep 3 Families, Laney and I are so proud of the progress the children have made this semester. They are in good shape for our upcoming concert and recital – please continue reviewing and practicing at home, and also remember that next week, the musicianship books will be turned in for the last time – please complete pages 19-20 […]
April 22, 2016

Week of April 22nd/ Class # 11

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! Continue studying your scores at home, and practicing each song from memory – and apply all the special dynamics we have discussed in class. Please also remember to complete pages 17-18 in your musicianship books this week! Trivia Question: Who wrote and sang the famous South African Song (which accompanies […]
April 15, 2016

Week of April 14th/ Class # 10

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! Continue studying your scores at home, and practicing each song from memory – you know them better than you think! Please also remember to complete pages 15-16 in your musicianship books this week! Concert Season is Coming! We are preparing for two wonderful performances – Prep 3 will be […]
April 8, 2016

Week of April 8th/ Class # 9

  Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! We made some real strides working on the quality of your sound, through the use of pure and unified vowels,  and working to blend voices with one another. Our focus in the coming weeks will be memorizing all our music, and continuing to create a “dynamics map” for […]
March 31, 2016

Week of April 1st/ Class # 8

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! It was awesome to have such good attendance during these Spring Break weeks. To those of you who remembered to turn in your musicianship books, thank you! If you forgot to bring yours last week, please remember to bring next week! Our focus in the coming weeks will be […]
March 23, 2016

Week of March 22nd/ Class # 7

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsing! Several singers have started memorizing their concert songs, and we are noticing leaps and bounds in the overall musicianship of the classes. As we progress through the term, we will really start to polish the songs with phrasing, dynamics, and other details, as well as work towards a beautiful, […]
March 16, 2016

Week of March 16th/ Class # 6

Greetings, Prep 3 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsing! Our groups are doing concentrated work, and Laney and I are both so impressed with the quality of singing, and the obvious practice which is taking place at home! The children are singing canons in beautiful 2 and 3-part harmony, and navigating their way through 2-part musical scores – […]