Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

September 22, 2016

September 16-18 – VTG/Bravi Retreat Rehearsals

Dear Bravi and VTG Singers, Nice work at retreat!  It was a full weekend but your participation, as Elena often remarks, adds so much to the overall sound of Vocalise and Cantabile as a whole.  It’s quite a responsibility to balance a room of 100+ sopranos and altos, but you all do it admirably. Please be certain you also review the […]
September 2, 2016

August 29, 2016 – VTG/Bravi Rehearsal #2

Dear Bravi and VTG Singers, Nice work this past Monday.  I really enjoyed the process of starting new TTBB music together. Please be certain you also review the Vocalise SATB blog, as there will be notes from “Vindo” there which will be crucial for you to observe. VTG Singers: Remember to practice your vocal exercises every single day.  It should take […]
August 25, 2016

August 22, 2016 – VTG/Bravi Rehearsal #1

Dear Bravi and VTG Singers, It was wonderful to see ALL of you on Monday night, and on behalf of all of us at Cantabile, we are so excited for another year of exceptional music making.  This year should be a wonderful experience for all — I’m so happy to see the young men’s division growing and improving. Much of […]
May 6, 2016

May 2, 2016/Rehearsal #29

Dear Bravi and VTG, The concert is upon us! At this point, you should have all your rep learned; please make sure that you brush up on any little spots that you are still unsure of. That being said, I feel like you are very ready for the concert. Seven Bridges sounded so good with the drum and guitar – […]
April 27, 2016

April 25, 2016/Rehearsal #28

Dear Bravi, Very, very good work last night! Red, Red Rose was so beautiful; I had such fun perfecting that with you! Firstly, a big note: WE ARE REHEARSING OFF-SITE NEXT WEEK! We will be rehearsing at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. (Where the Festival for Young Voices was.) We will be meeting in the Patio room. Look […]
April 21, 2016

April 18, 2016/Rehearsal #14

Dear Bravi/VTG Singers, Thank you for your wonderful hard work on Monday. It was a pleasure to work with you a bit on my own. Please check the Vocalise blog for details about what we did all together. It is important you also go there and look at that information. Go now! Then come back here! Alone, we mostly worked […]
April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016/Rehearsal #26

Dear Bravi and VTG, Monday felt SO much better on Seven Bridges Road!! Yes, it lacked some of the “zing” of the original, but you don’t have fully mature voices yet either to produce that “zing,” and this new arrangement is actually quite “zingy” in your voices anyway!  🙂  This is definitely performable, so please work to learn your new parts before […]
April 7, 2016

April 4, 2016/Rehearsal #25

Dear Bravi, Monday’s rehearsal was quite interesting; I so appreciate your flexibility! First, we worked together to find a proper TB part for Goza, then we spent time working on Seven Bridges Road, figuring out voicing, and really working on the notes and rhythms. (As a side note: that work that you did on 7BR will still come in very […]
March 30, 2016

March 28, 2016/Rehearsal #24

Dear Bravi and VTG, I think that you all know what is necessary before Friday’s rehearsal with Maestro Escalada. Remember the conversation we had about really learning your music? Well, do it. Simple. Practically every one of you still needs to spend a considerable amount of time more with Misa Criolla really hammering out those wonky spots.  Remember how much better the piece […]
March 25, 2016

March 21, 2016/Rehearsal #23

Dear Bravi and VTG, When I studied voice, I was already an accomplished pianist and a very strong sight-reader. I was able to sight-sing the vast majority of what was put in front of me as a vocalist, even solo repertoire. Because of my memorizing skills, I could also “learn” a song cycle in just a week. However, what I […]