What a joy it was to spend the weekend with you at Retreat! I was so, so proud of you at the concert – the audience (including all the Cantabile staff) LOVED you and your performance. There are so many great things in store for us this year as we continue to work and grow together.
THIS WEEK…begin each practice session with a few minutes of breathing meditation and re-discovering your standing pose. See description below for your reference.
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells
Here is the recording of of the full performance of this song.
Be sure that you are confidently accurate on your own part AND that you are following the dynamic instructions in the music (remember what Marcena tells us: “Start softly so you have somewhere to go” for the crescendos!)
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Concentrate on the section of this song that has 3-part division: p. 9-12. NOTE: this could be the week we begin part-testing by having just a few people on each part sing this section of the song during rehearsal. Use these rehearsal tracks:
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
Breathing meditation, standing position
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
Enjoy this beautiful fall weekend!