Ensemble Rehearsal Blog

January 21, 2017

Rehearsal #3/January 20, 2017

Dear Ensemble, We had a another wonderful night together learning new music and new choreography.  I truly want you to know how much it means to us that you’re willing to give 100% of your focus and energy to your rehearsal.  Those are the trademarks of professional musicians (and wonderful human beings!) 🙂  Please see below for your action items […]
January 14, 2017

Rehearsal #2/January 11, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for a great night of focused, meaningful rehearsal.  It was great to see the work that so many of you have already invested in your music, and we’re both excited to see just how far you can take yourselves – and your team – this semester! Key ideas and Concepts addressed this week: If you want […]
January 6, 2017

Rehearsal #1/January 4, 2017

Dear Ensemble, Welcome back!  It was wonderful to see each of you on Wednesday, and to spend quality time together making music.  As we discussed in rehearsal, the All Choir Concert this Spring is centered around our relationship with the Earth, nature, and our connection with our planet.  If you think of any good titles for the concert, please email […]
November 5, 2016

Rehearsal #11/November 2, 2016

Dear Ensemble, It was wonderful to have everyone back together again this week.  Your work at home is continuing to show in your readiness at rehearsal, and even though there is still more work to do, you should be proud of what you’ve been able to accomplish so far.  As a reminder, we now have three (3!) Wednesday practices left […]
October 28, 2016

Rehearsal #10/October 24, 2016

Dear Ensemble, We had another good week of rehearsal, and while some of the pieces aren’t where we thought (or hoped) they would be, I feel confident that our time together on Wednesday was illuminating, and that each of you will take the steps needed to get us to where we should be for next week.  As a reminder, we […]
October 21, 2016

October 19, 2016/Rehearsal #9

Dear Ensemble, Thank you to all of you who worked with me (Jazmine) this past week in rehearsal.  I was grateful for your dedication, maturity, and cooperation.  I know it was different having quite a few of your colleagues gone at the Carmina rehearsal, but you rose to the occasion and took full ownership of your rehearsal and musical success. […]
October 15, 2016

October 12, 2016/Rehearsal #8

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for your energy and musicality at the last rehearsal. It had our first round of memorization tests, and your teachers are very proud of the results: most of you had solid grasp of the music and could sing without the score and next to the other voice part. Well done! Now you know the process of […]
October 7, 2016

October 5, 2016/Rehearsal #7

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for the professionalism and the warm welcome to our guest from Colorado Springs, Lori Bammerburger at the last rehearsal. We all learned a great deal from her — vocal production, diction and interpretive insights. (Please note that the Kyrie was only for Lori’s work with you this past week: we might work on it in the […]
September 30, 2016

September 28, 2016/Rehearsal #6

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for another beautiful rehearsal on Wednesday night.  Your sound is improving each time we come together, and it is very exciting to hear the fruits of your home practicing! Please, remember to sing with beautiful, light and supported sound when practicing. Review the rules for good vocal production (they are below the action items.) Action Items […]
September 24, 2016

September 21, 2016/Rehearsal #5

Dear Ensemble, Thank you for a great, focused, and engaging rehearsal on Wednesday night.  We’re so glad you enjoyed the retreat so much, and it was fun to hear what your favorite parts of retreat were!  Before diving into specific things to practice, we wanted to review how to make a beautiful sound as a singer. Practicing and performing with […]