Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

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 Monday.

Also, Red Red Rose is absolutely gorgeous in your voices. I’m really excited about this one. This song absolutely must be learned to the level of The Rose from the Winter Concert. I want you singing this in your sleep – all those entrances and intervals perfectly locked into your brain. This could be a really impressive piece for you.

Finally, please have all of your other concert rep ready to go. In addition to performing it on the concerts, you will also be recording much of this material at our recording session next month, so please perfect it this month.

Just as a note – this is the point in time where much of the rep has lost some of its newness, and you really need to just knuckle down to perfect it in spite of how you may be feeling. It may not be as exciting at this point, but it’s still just as quality music, and it will all be worthwhile in May!

See you soon!

Mr. Belles

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, […]
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!  😉 As a reminder: there is no rehearsal this coming week; we […]