Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

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 on Seven Bridges Road. I have tried to reflect the tweaks we made in Rachel’s arrangement below. Please review them carefully. NOTE: Everything is AS WRITTEN unless noted.

  • M. 5: T2 on a d, Bass on a low B.
  • M. 12: Bass in unison with Bar (g)
  • M. 13: As written in the original score (in new key)
  • M. 43 and 44: we massaged the rhythm a bit (eighth note on “a,” “part” comes on the downbeat

I think this is mostly it. Please be sure you review Rachel’s arrangement carefully and learn it AS WRITTEN. It works if you sing it accurately. A copy is attached here as well:

Scannable Document on Apr 11, 2016, 11_07_47 AM

We began to work on Oh, My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose. Please review this carefully at home!

Music for Spring Concert

Below is the music for your spring concerts. Please be sure that you are up to date with your memory and all notes/rhythms/texts are learned, if not memorized.

Vocalise Repertoire for Spring Concerts

For you, this also includes Seven Bridges Road; Oh, My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose; One-Note Samba; Bésame Mucho; and Girl from Ipanema.

See you soon!

Laney

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 […]
March 18, 2016

March 14, 2016/Rehearsal #22

Dear Bravi and VTG, For next rehearsal, please work to prepare all your music for the CYS Festival on March 2nd – we have two more rehearsals before our performance then! We will be performing the following pieces: El Ultimo Café – remember to keep it light. Read the translation here. (Wow – those are some words!!) Please have this memorized […]
March 10, 2016

March 7, 2016/Rehearsal #21

Dear Bravi, I’m very, very pleased with the point that you are at at this point of the year, both in rehearsal and vocally. You are becoming quite flexible as an ensemble – ready to jump between tasks in rehearsal or to stay focused on one thing for a long time. This next week, please finish off Seven Bridges Road. […]
February 26, 2016

February 22, 2016/Rehearsal #20

Dear Bravi, I really was impressed with your work on sustained tone. Please carry that work forward throughout the year. It helps you to have a gentle, accurate, and connected sound. The recording session is upon us! You are now responsible for having all your Winter Concert material at recording level. Please pay particular attention to “I Wish You Christmas,” page 8, […]