Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

Dear Bravi and VTG,

Monday’s was a long rehearsal for sure, but you pushed through it well. Thank you for your good attitudes about whatever you are asked to do – you sounded even better (and more energized) after you came in from your run around the parking lot! Ā šŸ˜‰

AsĀ a reminder: there is no rehearsal this coming week; we will resume the next week (February 22nd). Then, the following week, you will be recording your Winter Concert repertoire. Therefore, next rehearsal will be our last time to work on those songs. Please make sure that you are ready for thisĀ final run-through before our recording. I was particularly encouraged with how good Go Tell It was sounding this week. Please work just a bit more on this and, baritones particularly, please don’t rely entirely on a certain member to lead you as you have in the past – make sure you are ready to sing accurately yourself.

Let me stress – I want to run through our entire recording repertoire next rehearsal. Please makeĀ absolutely certain that you know everything as accurately as you should.

VTG, you know that we are adding Besame Mucho, The Girl from Impanema, and One Note Samba to your repertoire as well for your concert on April 2nd. You are responsible to learn thisĀ on your own – please follow through well on this responsibility.

Please, all, work to perfect your tone on Seven Bridges Road as you practice. Not a heavy sound at all, but clear, bright, and well supported. If you have extra time, please also cover Tristeza and Double Shot.

I’ll see you all in two weeks!

Mr. Belles

February 10, 2016

February 8, 2016/Rehearsal #19

Dear Bravi and VTG, Monday’s was a long rehearsal for sure, but you pushed through it well. Thank you for your good attitudes about whatever you are asked to do – you sounded even better (and more energized) after you came in from your run around the parking lot! Ā šŸ˜‰ AsĀ a reminder: there is no rehearsal this coming week; we […]
February 2, 2016

February 1, 2016/Rehearsal #18

Dear Bravi and VTG, I truly enjoyed last night’s rehearsal. It was a chance for us all to work at a more relaxed pace and to hit some specific technical issues. All of you, I’m really proud of you for the awesome work that you put in – we were really making a good soundĀ on Seven Bridges Road!! Okay, here’s […]
January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016/Rehearsal #17

Dear Bravi and VTG, That was fun working with the combo on Monday, wasn’t it?! This week will be a very simple blog post. Bravi and VTG, make sure that you haveĀ all your music ready for Saturday’s Gala. VTG, please practiceĀ Bridge Over Troubled Water – I’m concerned about that one still. All of you, please remember to review your Winter […]
January 21, 2016

January 18, 2016/Rehearsal #16

Dear Bravi and VTG, Thank you for your good work on Monday! A few words about vocal tone: Please beĀ constantly conscious of your own sound in the momentĀ as you sing. Do not attempt to sing louder than is natural, and do not attempt to sing with a more mature (more “manly”) tone than is natural. Your voices are still developing, […]
January 16, 2016

January 11, 2016/Rehearsal #15

Dear Bravi, Good work on Monday, both with me and with Laney. I appreciate the way that you always bring your ‘A’ game to rehearsal; I really feel that we accomplish so much each week! VTG, please spend time on your individual notes on Bridge Over Troubled Water. Those notes go by quickly, and we need to have each one […]
January 9, 2016

January 4, 2016/Rehearsal #14

Dear Bravi, You have started the new year off very solidly. Good job to all! I realize that some of your voices are shifting around asĀ the yearĀ goes by, but you are all handling that well. Don’t let it phase you, and get used to it for a while. Ā šŸ™‚ It’s a new semester of music learning, so let me remind […]
December 6, 2015

November 30, 2015/Rehearsal #13

Dear Bravi, I was so proud of you, both on Monday and Tuesday! Both on the combined repertoire and on your solo repertoire you sound confident and beautiful. Don’t forget to sing in the same way on your concert tomorrow! Ā šŸ™‚ At the bottom you will find notes giving the specifics of tomorrow’s performance. Please don’t hesitate to email me […]
November 27, 2015

November 23, 2015/Rehearsal #12

Dear Bravi, I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, and are enjoying the rest of your time off! We’re right up against it – our next rehearsal is our last before the dress rehearsal! Please rememberĀ that this rehearsal is mandatory, as we will be putting the finishing touches on everything before the concert. Please also remember to send in, […]