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Greetings, Prep 3 Singers!

Thank you for a focused and great week of rehearsing! We are getting so close to our upcoming performance at Holidays with Cantabile and your own class recitals, so it is important to keep up all the great work you are doing!

Trivia Question: One of our favorite activities in class at the moment is the Israeli dance, “Yesh!” What does the word “Yesh” mean in Hebrew?

News and Reminders (many this week–please read them all)

Uniforms

Please ensure that you have ordered your singer’s uniform –Merry Mart Uniforms tends to sell out of the Prep skirts fairly quickly. Singers will need to be in full Cantabile uniform at the Holidays with Cantabile concert and at the Prep Recitals. Please note that Prep 3 singers need to be wearing the red polo shirts with the Cantabile logo, and uniform black pants for boys, and black uniform skirts for girls, with black tights. They need to be ordered THIS WEEKEND otherwise they will not arrive on time!

Invite people to the holiday concert!

You received three postcards advertising our upcoming concert. Take them out of your folder and invite people! Think of all of the friends/family/teachers/coaches you can invite and reach out!

Everyone (excepting performers) needs a ticket. You can buy them here!

This week, continue to listen to these recordings whilst following along in your music:

Another action item:

  • Memorize “Circle ‘Round the Moon!”
  • Continue to read through the words of all your music and think about what they mean; what is the message of the song? What images do the words create for you? Please have 2-3 ideas to share next week!
  • Memorize the first half of Mi Burrito Sabanero, through measure 56 – continue studying the pronunciation with the Mi burrito sabanero proununciation, and by speaking the text in rhythm while stepping to the beat! Also focus on the little refrain “si me ven, si me ven,” when we sing in 2-part harmony. How secure does your part feel?
  • If you have not done so, memorize J’aime la galette, Seasons, and One Little Candle! Please review the French Pronunciation of J’aime la galette, and focus on measures 37-end, when you begin singing in 2-part harmony. Know your part!

 Rehearsal Overview:  All of your songs are sounding great, and we are so impressed with the level of musicianship you are achieving in such small groups. In the coming weeks, we need to switch into “performance mode,” and achieve stillness and focus before, during, and after we sing each of our songs. It is so important to find this focus in order to be fully committed to making a beautiful sound, and to ensure you are watching the conductor! Please practice in front of a mirror standing with a tall, strong posture, feeling your singers’ breath come in, and starting each of your songs with a beautiful vowel sound. How do you look? Like a performer?

We are also working on a number of different canons which will serve as a big feature in our recitals. Continue to sing through these canons and partner songs at home:

Rooster in the Stew

Ah, poor bird

Ghost of Tom

Hey Ho, Nobody Home

Sweetly the Swan Sings

One Bottle of Pop

Trivia Answer:  It can mean “There is,” “There are,” “One must,” “It is necessary to,” “One may,” “It may,”” Some,”” Sometimes,” or ” It may be that.” However, it can also mean “Got it! Did it!” This meaning is used as an exclamation following a success.

Have a great weekend!

Katie and Laney

 

 

November 6, 2015

Week of November 6/ Rehearsal # 9

Greetings, Prep 3 Singers! Thank you for a focused and great week of rehearsing! We are getting so close to our upcoming performance at Holidays with Cantabile and your own class recitals, so it is important to keep up all the great work you are doing! Trivia Question: One of our favorite activities in class at the moment is the Israeli dance, […]
October 30, 2015

Week of October 29/Class #8

  Greetings, Prep 3 Singers! Thank you for another lovely week of rehearsing! We are getting so close to our upcoming performance at Holidays with Cantabile and your own class recitals, so it is important to keep up all the great work you are doing! Trivia Question: One of our favorite dances at the moment is “Great Big House in […]
October 9, 2015

Week of October 9/ Class #5

Greetings Prep 3 Families, Thank you again for a great week of rehearsing! Trivia Question:  Our fun new eerie song, “Spirits,” is based upon text from the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Who wrote this play? Rehearsal Reminders: The first 15 minutes of rehearsal are devoted to musicianship, and reviewing the theory pages you worked on during the week, so arriving 5 min early is always a good […]
October 5, 2015

Week of September 28, 2015/Class #3

Greetings Prep 3 Families, My apologies for the tardiness of this blog. Because Prep 3 rehearses so early in the week, you can now expect your rehearsal updates to come on Wednesday mornings, as of next week. Trivia Question:  From what part of South America comes the popular Christmas song, “Mi Burrito Sabanero?” Rehearsal Reminders: The first 15 minutes of rehearsal is devoted to musicianship, and reviewing […]
September 29, 2015

Week of September 21, 2015/Class #2

Greetings Prep 3 Families, Many thanks from Laney and myself for another great week of rehearsing in Prep 3 Chorus. After 2 weeks of rehearsal, you have already made great strides, and it has been so fun building our friendships and community through name games and dancing. Trivia Question: What is the most popular dessert in French history, and who […]
September 29, 2015

Week of September 14, 2015/Class #1

Greetings Prep 3 Families, Laney (Monday Prep 3) and I (Tuesday Prep 3) had such a lovely time making music with your children in our first Prep 3 rehearsals! I am very excited to be working with such a talented and enthusiastic group of young singers, and I know we will have a great year in Prep 3 Chorus! For […]