Great work at rehearsal this week! I very much enjoyed listening to your part tests. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear your voices individually and get to know the color and tone of your “instrument.” Each one of you brings something valuable and uniquely YOU to our ensemble and we would not be the same without each and every one of you. For those of you who were absent this week, we will do your part test next week.
NOTE: there are new rehearsal tracks below for many songs AND a link to a fun and informative video on verbal vs. visual memorization techniques. This may help in your memorization tasks this week!
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells
Here is the recording of of the full performance of this song.
NOTE: if any recording file tells you you need permission to access, go ahead and request permission. I will open it to you as soon as possible.
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Memorize this song this week, using the rehearsal tracks below. For a really interesting exercise in MEMORIZATION, visit this video. How can you use this information to help you memorize your music this week? I am eager to hear your reports next Wednesday!
Kyrie Eleison by Ron Kean
Use the rehearsal tracks below to learn your part.
Below is a recording of two young men singing this song as a duet. Listen for their beautiful phrase shaping and the precise tuning of their pitch.
High Soprano 1:
Low Soprano 1:
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
Everyone Makes Mistakes
We will sing this at the November Workshop and Family Concert. Begin to learn this song, and invite your parents and siblings to learn it too!
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Use these rehearsal tracks to be sure your part is accurate and begin to memorize.
Practicing for next rehearsal in detail: WHAT and HOW
Just a reminder that practice time expectation for the Ensemble choir is 90 minutes per week. Lori recommends this routine:
BREATHING MEDITATION, STANDING POSITION AND A YOGA FLOW
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.
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
Hands together in front, slowly raising them to a forward salute (inhale)
Exhale — forward bend: round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.
PLace hands on lower back, bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE
Slowly bring arms up as before, inhaling — forward salute and forward arch
Exhale- forward bend
INhale — monkey (legs straight but relaxed, spine straight and long,hands on knees, back and head make a “table”
Exhale — forward fold, bend knees
INhale — Chair (knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms raised above head.
Exhale — standing
Exhale into standing.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
Happy practicing! If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .