Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

January 12, 2017

January 9 – VTG / Bravi Rehearsal #1

Hi, VTG and Bravi: This week’s blog will address Bravi and VTG singers separately, since we’re working on different goals for the next few weeks.  The next few weeks will be intense for the singers in Bravi, while VTG will be focused more on longer-term goals for the Spring.  We’ll be back on the same page soon enough, but in […]
December 1, 2016

November 30 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #12

Dear VTG and Bravi, Thank you for your time, energy, and beautiful voices at both Monday’s rehearsal and last night’s dress rehearsal. We know that the week before the final performance can be the most exhausting time of the season. Thank you for taking that in stride and devoting yourselves to some meaningful, emotionally energized performance.  You’ve come a long […]
November 17, 2016

November 14 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #11

Hi, VTG and Bravi: Thanks for a productive rehearsal this past Monday.  For those of you (Bravi only) who showed up at the Sunday rehearsal, we thank you for your dedication and the extra time.  Let’s strive to see even more participation this Sunday!  Here are a few things to think about before next Monday… and remember, we DO have […]
November 11, 2016

November 7 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #10

Hi, VTG and Bravi: Thanks for a productive rehearsal this past Monday and congratulations on a very good performance at last Saturday’s rehearsal workshop.  I was so pleased with how “Sing We Now of Christmas” came together–you really embodied a professional spirit and you sang very well. Action Items for Monday: Keep practicing EVERYTHING and working toward complete memorization for […]
November 3, 2016

Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #9 10/31/2016

Dear Bravi and VTG, Thank you for your time and focus during our Halloween rehearsal.  I hope you enjoyed my carefully considered costume.  No one guessed I was dressed as a choir director!  🙁 Action Items for Monday: Keep practicing EVERYTHING with a metronome. Every singer should be internalizing and memorizing the key tempi for each piece. Keep practicing the […]
October 27, 2016

October 24 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #8

Hi, Bravi and VTG: As we said on the Vocalise blog (which you should all read!)… Thank you for your focus, energy, and commitment while Elena was away.  We’re nearing the home stretch — the concert is just over a month away.  You’ve done a lot of good work, so keep it up! Just a reminder, we WILL be having […]
October 21, 2016

October 17 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #7

Hi, Bravi and VTG: Nice job this past week.  I get the sense that the music is finally coming alive, and we’re getting a sense of how to get out of scores and perform.  Your progress is impressive, but it’s the time of year when we must press onward to finer details like phrasing, finesse, character, and presentation.  And we […]
October 13, 2016

October 10 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #6

Hi, Bravi and VTG: Thank you for your work last week — it was our longest, most intense rehearsal yet.  Longer rehearsals require a lot of focus, and will be increasingly common, so please prepare yourselves for them by being well-rested and practicing everything below!  The more we can get done in a focused rehearsal, the more you will enjoy […]
October 7, 2016

October 3 – Bravi/VTG Rehearsal #5

Dear Bravi and VTG: Thank you for your hard work in my absence last week.  As I said before, I do not take lightly the decision to miss rehearsal.  Only in a case of serious illness would I stay home.  Thank you for understanding Simon deserves your respect and gratitude for working to lead you through a lengthy rehearsal — Bravo, […]
September 29, 2016

September 26 – VTG/Bravi Rehearsal #4

Dear Bravi and VTG Singers, Well done this past Monday.  Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate the added element of the Vocalise Monterey competition rehearsals.  It was nice to get some work done on Music Down in my Soul.  You will add SO much to this piece. As always, please review the Vocalise SATB blog from this week when it […]