Thank you for a joyful, productive rehearsal this week. Every rehearsal you experience some wonderful growth moment, whether it is your vocal sound or your ability to sight read a piece with no help from the piano or your beautiful dramatic expression as you sing. We are making good progress towards being ready for the holiday concert! However, we have much work yet to do. I hope you find it as fun and rewarding as I do!
PARENTS, NOTE: there are several important announcements at the end of the blog this week. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom.
For a really interesting exercise in MEMORIZATION, visit this video. Only a few of you told me you did this last week – it’s really fascinating! Please view the video this week. 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.
Suggestion: the tessitura (or the range the majority of the notes lie in) is quite high for the sopranos in the second half of this song. If it is tiring to practice it, try singing it without words, and instead sing it on “bo” or “ta.” We will work on ways to sing it more comfortably when we are in rehearsal together.
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells
Here is the recording of of the full performance of this song.
Your final run-through of this song was STUNNING in rehearsal this week! Remember what that felt like and how you discovered it – think about the meaning and importance of the text. Put yourself in the shoes of the people who would have sung this song and think about how you would feel singing the words from their perspective.
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy arr. by Valerie Shields
Amani by Jim Papoulis
Soprano 1 High
Soprano 1 Low
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
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. I recommend 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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
NYC Carnegie Hall Tour Registration Reminder
Don’t forget to register for Tour today! Please visit the member-only portion of the website and sign up now. The last day to register is October 31st!
Disney Registration Reminder
Registration has been extended for another week – please make sure you either register this week, or let us know in writing why you will not be attending. Registration is open on the member-only portion of the website.
Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale
Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly!
Call Times for the Fall Rehearsal
Please note that call times for the Fall Rehearsal on Saturday, November 4th have changed and are earlier than previously scheduled. Your call time is 9:00 am and you must arrive in your Cantabile T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes/sneakers. Please arrive in the back parking lot (off of Byron St) for check in. A friendly reminder that the concert is scheduled for 1pm, and you will be done by 2pm. The rehearsal and concert are held at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto: 625 Hamilton Ave.
Happy practicing! If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com .