Dear Intermediate Singers,
Thank you very much for your flexibility this week as we changed rehearsal rooms to allow for a special rehearsal to occur in the Parish Hall. And parents, we hope you enjoyed the impromptu concert in the Parish Hall at pick-up! We were happy to provide Intermediate with the opportunity to see a rehearsal of our top choirs, Aria and Bravi, with a trio of professional musicians from Pacific Mambo Orchestra, who are performing at the Cantabile Gala tomorrow evening.
OPEN REHEARSAL: Parents – we warmly invite you to our next Open Rehearsal, Thursday, February 29th, from 6:55-7:15 pm. Come and sit in (literally) with the choir to get a peek into the preparation process of our All Choir Concert. The staff at Cantabile loves to see parents enjoying music with their singers, and to this end, we will invite parents to join us on stage at the All Choir Concert to sing several songs with us! Don’t worry – we’ll get you prepared at the Open Rehearsals this semester.
To guide you in your practice this week, below you will find:
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!
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)
Remember our ABC’s:
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.
Menina Me Da Sua Mao
Use this track to practice the Portuguese pronunciation:
Review your part, first singing on a neutral syllable like “doo,” then try putting the words together with the music.
When you are fairly confident on your part, try singing along with this recording and see if you can sing your part accurately.
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:
Come and Sing
Banjo Pickin’ Girl
Book 3, pages 31-32
Singers should have completed their composition assignment this past week. If you did not complete it, please do so immediately and email it to Jazmine (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additionally, if you did not submit your composition (via Noteflight or handwriting), please note that you are now late with this assignment, and you should complete it by no later than this Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Jazmine immediately.
Voice Part Assignments
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
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 Question: Without asking Alexa or Google, how many Beatles songs can you name? Note: you may ask your parents for help! We will see who can list the most songs in rehearsal next week.