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NOTE:  all the details for the Holidays with Cantabile dress rehearsal and concert can be found below in the Announcements.  Additionally, there is a reminder about Cantabile’s schedule for the week of Thanksgiving.  Be sure to read these carefully this week!

 

November 17, 2017

Dear Vocalise,

 

ACTION ITEMS FOR NOV 20th REHEARSAL. (Full instructions for each piece are further down in the blog.)

 

  • ONLY 2 rehearsals left until Dress Rehearsal — attendance is expected!
  • Monday. 11/20 Rehearsal is with the band: Must be on time and have thorough and correct memorization of the ENTIRE MASS.
  • ALL REPERTOIRE FOR HOLIDAY CONCERT — Memorized accurately
  • Vivos Voco and Mass: Know exact meaning of each word. Practice Vivos Voco with metronome to memorize precise tempi.
  • 3d Yoga flow and meditation is a part of your daily routine. Practice no less than 10 min. a day, 10 rounds of the flow, with articulation and full connection to the breath.

 

 

A REVIEW OF KEY POINTS FROM THE LAST FEW REHEARSALS:

Vivos Voco by Joan Szymko

  • In the opening section, be sure the air flowing through the “v” in Vivos Voco is causing a vibration in the lower lip.  While creating this friction, be sure to protect the larynx by keeping the throat open and relaxed (use the image of a sphere filled with glowing light around the larynx).
  • Throughout the piece, continue working for balance and blend between the sections.  Sopranos, you must always be aware of what the Altos’ volume capability is and not completely overpower them.  Altos, you need to hook into the speaking resonance we worked on with Lori and not let your sound be breathy or spread the vowels too wide.
  • In the “Fleo mortuo” section, consonants are vital, but we must also observe the dynamic markings.  Consonants can be well projected within a piano dynamic.
  • ALTOS: Ms. 30-39 were better this week, but still not solid.  Make this a priority to practice many times over this week.
  • In the “All shall be well” section:  enter with a pure, vertical, bright/forward placed AH vowel.  Then, we should be able to hear each part’s entrance on “All” as well as each time a part sings “shall.”  Again, observe the dynamics – there are tons of instructions in this section!
  • REVIEW DYNAMICS throughout the piece.  We need more precise articulation of these.

 

Amani:

  • Be careful not to insert an ‘n’ in the word ‘chante’ – the ‘ah’ in the first syllable is nasal, so you must be careful not to inadvertently create an ‘n’ as you move from the nasal ‘ah’ to the ‘t’ in the second syllable.  Think of having a stuffy nose at that precise moment and the ‘n’ will not sound.
  • Remember the strong emphasis we put on the word ‘fort’ which we found on Saturday by “punching” the air in front of you with a strong-man arm.
  • Be sure to articulate the ‘d’ at the end of the word ‘monde.’
  • Observe the piano dynamic marking at one measure after letter C, but don’t slow down.
  • Practice the claps that occur throughout the piece, the side-to-side step at the section after letter C and also the final “fist-fist-arms up” movement at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DZROLr9ms&feature=youtu.be

Caribbean Mass (SATB), by Glenn McClure

As you practice all movements of the Mass, be sure to move your body as you sing.  Shift your weight to the beat, bend your knees, let your arms swing loosely.  The more you get used to moving now, the better prepared you will be to receive instruction from the choreographer next week.

KYRIE

This was supposed to be memorized this week.  The Italian is still very shaky at letter E and following, and some of the pitches/rhythms are not quite accurate.  Please fix this this week and be sure it is memorized.

 

Recordings for your reference:

Kyrie (sung by the MA All-State Honor Choir, Dr. Janet Galvan, Conductor):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4CcudfDr18

Here is Santo…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYz6kvtgWbU

…and Credo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb-q_LNyHuY

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Class Schedules for Thanksgiving Week

Please note that all classes (Prep 3, Bravi/VTG, and Vocalise SSA) WILL meet on Monday.  All classes (Prep 1, Prep 2, Prep 3, and Voice Class) WILL meet on Tuesday.  No classes (Ensemble, and Prep 1, Prep 2, and Voice Class) will meet on either Wednesday or Thursday.  Additionally, the office will be closed Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th.   

 

Holidays with Cantabile Dress Rehearsal Information – Tuesday, November 28

Location: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st Street, San Jose (see drop-off location below)

Call Time: Vocalise/Aria 4:45 pm

Release Time: Vocalise/Aria 8:15 pm

Please be aware that we work exceptionally hard to ensure that not a moment of time is wasted at these rehearsals.  Sometimes, however, these rehearsals need an extra few minutes to ensure that the hard work that the singers have put into their artistry all semester can come through in their performance.  As such, despite our very best efforts otherwise, we sometimes do run behind schedule.  We appreciate your patience and understanding if this becomes the case.

Drop off location: Singers will be dropped off at the curb on the Artist’s Entrance: East side of Market Street, just south of the Hilton Hotel.

Pick Up: Singers will be picked up in the back lobby of the California Theater, off of Market Street.  Please plan on parking your car and coming inside to check out your singer.

Attire: Full Concert Dress: Bravi/VTG/Vocalise Boys: Black long sleeve button down shirt, black dress pants, black dress socks, black dress shoes, plain black belt.  Cantabile will be providing a new tie for this event which will be distributed at the Dress Rehearsal. SSA Vocalise Girls: Black blouse, black palazzo pants, black stockings, black character shoes, hair neatly done, concert makeup.   

Please bring with you: Music Binder, Water Bottle (with your name on it), Pencil. A snack will be provided.

 

Dress Rehearsal Information – Sunday morning, December 3

Location: California Theatre

Call Time: Aria-9:00 am; Vocalise-9:30 am

Release Time: Vocalise/Aria 11:15 am

Drop off location: Singers will be dropped off at the curb on the Artist’s Entrance: East side of Market Street, just south of the Hilton Hotel.

Pick Up: Singers will be picked up in the back lobby of the California Theater, off of Market Street.  Please plan on parking your car and coming inside to check out your singer.

Attire: Full Concert Dress (see above)

Please bring with you: Water Bottle (with your name on it)

Holidays with Cantabile Concert Information – Sunday, December 3

Location: California Theatre

Call Time: Vocalise/Aria 5:30 pm

Drop off location: Singers will be dropped off at the curb on the Artist’s Entrance: East side of Market Street, just south of the Hilton Hotel.

Check Out: Check out will happen in designated areas throughout the theater, after the concert has completed.

Attire: Full Concert Dress for all choirs: see above.

Please make sure you eat a good dinner before coming to the concert.  

Please bring with you: Water Bottle (with your name on it)

 

Sign up to volunteer

All volunteer positions are now open.  Please follow the link below to sign up for these coveted parent volunteer hours!  Volunteers for 11/28 and Volunteers for 12/3

 

Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale

Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly!  Additionally, we need your help in filling the hall, so invite your extended family, friends, teachers, and neighbors today!

 

End Of Semester/Last Rehearsal Dates

Please note that we will not have any more rehearsals after the Holidays with Cantabile concert on Sunday, December 3rd.  Please refer to your calendars for your first rehearsal date after the 1st of the New Year.

 

Tour Registration Reminder

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