Feb. 27 – Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #6

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Feb. 27 – Bravi / VTG Rehearsal #6

Action Items

  1. Learn “We are a Circle”
  2. Find the beauty in “I Dreamed of Rain” and refine intonation/accuracy
  3. Listen to “Past Life Melodies” and follow your part, making sure it’s pencilled in.
  4. Listen to Esti Dal and familiarize yourself with the melody and counterpoint.


We Are a Circle

  • Review roadmap – you’re alway singing the melody
  • Make sure your part is accurately marked and learned in the correct order
  • Sing rhythmically with crisp diction and a bright tone
  • Use glottal attacks and breath accents
  • use a bright tone to reflect the vitality in the piece


I Dreamed of Rain

  • review all rhythms and syncopation
  • tenors, focus on intonation and beauty of like at the half cadence before the final phrase of each verse.
  • Moving quarters are the most important line and must be articulated clearly, sung beautifully, and connected with the rest of the ensemble
  • sing with warmth and feeling… never “phone it in”


Famine Song

  • Always use intensity in the tone–even in soft opening hummed passages
  • Remember that this is a prayer AND a lament.  This has to be captured perfectly in your “intro”
  • balancing the upper voices must be done with resonance and breath support, not by pushing.


Past Life Melodies

  • review parts
  • remember that some tenor parts should be sung in unison with the altos, in their octave
  • work on overtones (especially tenors)


Esti Dal

  • Learn the notes and sing with a sweet, earnest tone.
  • You can listen to the piece here.



    • There is no Sunday Rehearsal this week
    • We have a location and times for our Music Commissioning event with Joan Szymko – The event will be held at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 26th. The event starts at 3:30 PM, but you are called at 2 PM. We will update you if anything changes.


  • Location, Date, and Time changes for Cantabile’s Spring Concert with Aria, Bravi, and VTG:


    • Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 12th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto – 4:30-9PM
    • Concert: Saturday, May 13th at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto – Call time, 10:30 AM, Concert 1 PM

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