Lori Bammesberger

Dear Intermediate Singers,

Jazmine, Amanda and I appreciate your thoughtful, respectful discussion at the end of rehearsal last night as we reminded ourselves what Cantabile is.  As one singer pointed out to me after rehearsal, Cantabile is all about singing, since our name means “song-like” or simply “singing.”  And yes, this is primarily what we are about at Cantabile.  In addition, we are a community that works well together, being respectful of each other, practicing the ABC’s:  Alignment, Breath and Concentration so that we can make beautiful, exciting music together.  And we are kind and caring towards one another.  Now that we have our foundation developed (we know each other better, singers have been placed in appropriate voice parts, we have a new 4-row standing arrangement), we will progress in our music at a faster pace.  If, that is, we continue to practice concentration, respect, kindness and caring during rehearsal.  I am looking forward to a productive, meaningful rehearsal next week!

I thank you for your good practice at home last week – it was evident in your singing in rehearsal.  Here’s what you can work on this week.

Trivia Question: How many concerts do the Cantabile choirs participate in during one year?

Action Items

Each practice session, take a few minutes to vocalise before you sing.  The purpose of these exercises is not merely to warm the voice up, although that is important, but they also develop habits and muscle memory for good vocal technique.  Regular practice of them will make you a better, stronger singer.

  • Remember to imagine a softball in your mouth as you sing:

  • Move your body with big swoops of the arms and by bending the knees while you sing:

  • Remember not to wait at the top – take a quick breath and come right back down:

  • Here is this week’s Mindful Moment and yoga stretch.  Use this recording a couple of times to practice these skills as well.

Come and Sing

  • We will sing three part harmony on this song, Soprano, Soprano 2 and Alto.  Go through the music and put a star or an X out to the left of your voice part’s staff on every score, or system of staves, on every page.  You will see where the voice parts are written at the very beginning of the song.  Sopranos are on the top staff.  Soprano 2’s are on the second staff down and their notes are the top notes.  The Altos are also on the second staff down, and their notes are the lower notes on that staff.
  • Listen to this recording of Cantabile singing Come and Sing while following along in your music.  Notice the singers’ tall vowels, crisp consonants and beautiful tone.  We want to emulate these things as we sing.
  • Soprano 1 – your voice track has both the high Soprano 1 part and the low Soprano 1 part at the end.  Intermediate Soprano 1s will only sing the low Soprano 1 part.  Do not practice the high part.
  • Soprano 2 and Alto, use the NEW REHEARSAL TRACKS below to practice your own individual part.  I have adjusted the ending to be what Intermediate will sing in your voice parts.

Soprano 2

Alto

Banjo Pickin’ Girl

  • Use this recording to practice the song with all the parts together.
  • If you haven’t done this already, go through the music and put a star or an X out to the left of your voice part’s staff on every score, or system of staves, on every page.  We are only singing two of the three voice parts in this song to begin with (see voice part assignments below if you’ve forgotten).  Sopranos, you will always sing on the top staff.  Altos, your part is going to wind around a bit from the Soprano II line to the Alto line and back.  Be sure you have your music marked correctly as follows:
    • From ms. 6-13, sing the Soprano II line.
    • From ms. 14-21, sing the Alto line.
    • From ms. 22-the end, sing the Soprano II line.

Away From the Roll of the Sea

Here is a performance of the song by a youth choir in Austin, TX.

And here are the parts individually:

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Alto

  • If you haven’t done this yet, I would like you to write in the solfege syllables above the notes in the first verse of the song in your music.  If you are able to figure out the solfege on your own, I challenge you to write it in your music first, then check your work by comparing it to the chart below.  However, some of you may not be ready to figure out the solfege in this key (G major) yet.  Please refer to the chart below and transfer the syllables into your music (using pencil only).  Solfege syllables have been written underneath the corresponding words.

 

Small craft in a harbour that’s still and serene
so-fa me so do re-so te do me so-la
Give no in-di- ca-tion what their ways have been
la so do-do te re do me so fa
They rock at their moorings all nestled in dreams
so-fa me so do re-so te do-me so la
A- way from the roll of the sea
la so me so fa re te do
  • Practice singing the melody on solfege syllables first, then on words.
  • When you are ready, see if you can write the solfege syllables in for the second verse and practice it the same way.
  • It may be helpful for you to have the entire scale of solfege syllables here:
    • Doh, ray, me, fah, soh, lah, te, doh – this is how we pronounce them
    • Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do – this is how we spell them

 

Musicianship Assignments

Intermediate A

  • If you just started Book 2 this semester: pgs. 9-12 (or 6-10 if your book came late)
  • If you were half-way through Book 2 at the beginning of this semester: pgs. 25-26

Intermediate B

Book 3, pages 27-28

Advanced

You received a worksheet from Jazmine in class.  It is also attached to the email I am sending to notify you that the blog is posted.

Voice Part Assignments

2-parts

Soprano – Aarohi, Addie, Aidan, Amiya, Anika, Anthony,Chloe, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Kasmira, Montana, Nika, Pascal, Raghav, Rhea, Sara W., Sarah R., Kitty, Sophie, Sunayna

Alto – Asha, Ashwin, Ava, Elisabeth, Millie, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, May, Maya, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan, Vivana

3-parts

Soprano 1 – Aarohi, Addie, Amiya, Anika, Anthony, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Montana, Pascal, Sara W., Sarah R., Sunayna

Soprano 2 – Aidan, Asha, Chloe, Millie, Kasmira, May, Maya, Nika, Raghav, Rhea, Kitty, Sophie, Vivana

Alto – Ashwin, Elisabeth, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan

 

Trivia Answer:  Around 35 concerts, plus tours.  

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Lori

 

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