Justin Cavazos

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 2
Hello Prep 2 Singers & Families! We had a good rehearsal this week. We started by learning a new folk song and singing game called “Dinah.” Singers took turns being the “mystery soloist” and enjoyed trying to guess who was singing.  After playing the game, we, as a class, wrote out the rhythm of song and derived the solfege melody syllables. I was impressed with how quickly and independently the singers were able to accomplish this!

After warming up our voices a bit, we worked on three of our choral pieces, “We Can Plant a Forest,” “I Am,” and “Thula Klizeo.” All three of these pieces are coming along nicely.

We will continue to work on these as well as add a few more pieces for our end of the year performances.

Singers should have brought home a flier for Cantabile’s Singing Summer Camp – we’d love to have you join us for two weeks of great fun and music!! If you have any questions about the camp, please let me know.
Emily – THURSDAY PREP 2

Dear Parents,

I was so glad to be back to sing with your children this week!

We started our class with the song Sarasponda, a nonsense song with hand motions that correspond with each word or syllable.

One we had warmed up, we sang John Kanaka and learned the simple folk dance that goes with it.  The children identified the rhythm pattern TiriTiri within the song.

The children remembered that there is also a Tiritiri in J’entends le Moulin.  After playing this game, the children listened for a new rhythm in this song, and identified Ti-Tiri. They learned how to write it on the board, and to recognize it on the staff.

The children read a mystery song from the staff, which turned out to be Dog and Cat.  The children enjoyed making up funny verses for the song.

We sang 3 more of our French songs: Jean Petit, Chocolat Chaud, and Vent Frais.  This kids are really getting the hang of the french words!

Some of you have asked for recordings of the songs we are working on.  I will try and find—or make— some good ones and send them off to you.

Thank you and I’ll see you next week!

March 17, 2017

Prep 2 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Amy – TUESDAY PREP 2 Hello Prep 2 Singers & Families! We had a good rehearsal this week. We started by learning a new folk song and singing game called “Dinah.” Singers took turns being the “mystery soloist” and enjoyed trying to guess who was singing.  After playing the game, we, as a class, wrote out the rhythm of song […]
March 17, 2017

Prep 1 Blog #5 Week of March 13, 2017

Prep 1 –  Tuesday, Jazmine It was another wonderful Tuesday full of music making at Cantabile!  We started off by singing our new welcome song, “Buenos Dias” and I was so impressed by how quickly the singers have picked it up!  Then we dove straight into scarf warm ups and “I love to sing and play”, and we discussed how […]
March 3, 2017

Feb. 27 – Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #6

Action Items Learn “We are a Circle” Find the beauty in “I Dreamed of Rain” and refine intonation/accuracy Listen to “Past Life Melodies” and follow your part, making sure it’s pencilled in. Listen to Esti Dal and familiarize yourself with the melody and counterpoint.   We Are a Circle Review roadmap – you’re alway singing the melody Make sure your […]
February 23, 2017

Vocalise Blog #6: 2/13/2017

Dear Vocalise, I hope you are all having a wonderful and restful ski week! Stay safe with all of the rough weather. Please don’t forget that we will be back in rehearsal on Monday, February 27th, so take the time to refresh your memory on what we’ve worked on and learn the pieces listed below before we meet again.   […]
February 11, 2017

Vocalise Blog #5: 2/6/2017

Dear Vocalise,   Hope your weekend if off to a great start. Things are busy here in preparation for tomorrow’s Gala. Best wishes to Aria and Bravi singers on being the entertainment and the inspiration at this this very important and celebratory event.   “Strength often lies in numbers but excellence can only come from personal dedication” (anon.)   “Practice […]
February 3, 2017

Vocalise Blog #4: 1/30/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal — thank you all! I hope you read my email sent on Monday night. It is important that we continue our conversation about about the place of art in human history, about community, vulnerability, and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive […]
January 27, 2017

Vocalise Blog #3: 1/23/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal! I will write to you separately to continue a very important conversation about community, vulnerability and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive practice. Set your practice times, make a plan of what you will practice and revise it if needs to […]
January 20, 2017

Vocalise Blog #2: 1/16/17

Dear Vocalise, Action Items for your practice before Monday’s rehearsal: Get familiar with the new repertoire by reading the notes below and the program notes in each score (when provided) Listen to performance examples (follow links below) Sing your lines, get familiar with texts   New Repertoire: SSA (will be performed with Ensemble at All-Choir Concert) For SATB songs, scroll […]