Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

Dear Bravi Singers,

Thank you so much for your great work on Monday. It was really fun to step into your rehearsal and work with you for a little while. You are an energetic and spirited bunch, for sure. And you are making some really lovely music.

Here is a review of some of the things we worked on this week. Please continue to review these concepts in your own practice so you don’t lose the good work we did on Monday!

October 26 Rehearsal Review and Practice Guide:

Go Tell It on the Mountain

  • We spent quite a bit of time on this piece–it payed off too!
  • Specifically, we worked on rhythmic precision when you sing “Go Tell it”
  • We also worked on energetic entrances
  • And understanding what roll you play in this jazzy piece (Basses=double bass, Tenors and Baritones=horn section)

For Next Week:

  • Get this memorized! (some of you are already there–bravo!)
  • Review and practice all of the things we touched on for accuracy, especially the rhythms
  • Review dynamics
  • Listen to these two very different versions of this song. What can you learn from them?

The Rose

  • You sang your lovely phrases for me. Thank you!
  • We worked on word stress and creating more musical phrases

Next Steps:

  • Get it memorized!
  • Sing with text stress when you memorize. Always be thinking about the phrase.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  • We reviewed some tricky entrances.
  • Please continue to review these places on your own.

Give Us Hope

  • We read through this on our own and with everyone

Next Steps:

  • Memorize (are you sensing a theme?) by 11/9

With everyone, we also covered I Wish You Christmas. Please MEMORIZE this for next week.

Have a great week!

Laney

October 29, 2015

October 26, 2015/Rehearsal #8

Dear Bravi Singers, Thank you so much for your great work on Monday. It was really fun to step into your rehearsal and work with you for a little while. You are an energetic and spirited bunch, for sure. And you are making some really lovely music. Here is a review of some of the things we worked on this […]
October 7, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015/Rehearsal #5

Dear Bravi and VTG, Thank you for your hard work on Monday; you are very resilient and that showed. I particularly appreciated your ability to give attention to such precise detail in such a short amount of time. I am going to ask you this week to spend almost all of your practice time on Go Tell It. I would […]
September 29, 2015

September 21, 2015/Rehearsal #4

Dear Bravi and VTG, I am very proud of you all! On Monday, you worked well with the girls on Night Before Christmas and on I Wish You Christmas. You are singing relatively accurately on both of these songs; therefore, now, I would like to ask you to work on your tone. Please spend time on both of these songs […]
September 29, 2015

September 7, 2015/Rehearsal #3

Dear Bravi and VTG, Good reading yesterday on Go Tell It; The parts are very independent at various points in the score, so you will need to make sure that you know your own part very solidly for next rehearsal. Also, please watch this video of The Night Before Christmas: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oAGCBZh2UkY . When you practice the song, please pay particular […]
September 29, 2015

August 31, 2015/Rehearsal #2

Dear Bravi and VTG, Congratulations on some really good work last night! I was particularly impressed by the good, focused work you put in on Ther Is No Rose. Tuning is going to be CRITICAL on that song, so please spend time on your own part perfecting it, particularly the difficult intervals. Again, here is the link for the Chanticleer […]
September 29, 2015

August 24, 2015/Rehearsal #1

Dear Bravi and VTG members, What a good first rehearsal on Monday! I truly enjoyed seeing you all again. Here is a link to an excellent recording (by Chanticleer) of Ther Is No Rose. Please listen particularly to both the lightness and purity of the tone – I want to work to achieve this in our own performance. Here is […]