Bravi and V.T.G. Rehearsal Blog

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 sound on Seven Bridges Road!!

Okay, here’s what you’re going to be doing for next week:

Seven Bridges Road: listen to this recording for the original group singing it. Please note that the “fall-offs” at the ends of the phrases are gentle. Also, here’s a choir singing our arrangement. Listen to these recordings, and then practice the song. As you saw last night, if you learn the first two pages, you’ve learned most of the song. THEREFORE, work on the slow part at the beginning over and over until you have all the fast notes accurate!

Tenors (that includes you, third tenors!!) , above everything else, remember your light tone when we practiced this. As I said before, find your falsetto position and sing through that – if you can put a chest tone through that space, that’s great, but it should be relaxed and gentle. Basses, please give me a bright, resonant tone down there as much as possible.

We’re recording, after two more rehearsals, on February 29th (yes, Leap Day!) – please continue to brush up on your Winter Concert rep, and particularly practice Go Tell It in the manner that Laney taught you last night.

Also, make sure that you keep Double Shot up to speed so that you are ready to jump in with the sopranos and altos in March.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not congratulate you on your stellar performance at Saturday’s Gala. Good job, and you really represented Cantabile well. I appreciate your ability to work so independently and professionally; you are constantly raising the bar of expectation for future Bravi’s!

Good work, and I’ll see you all next week!

Mr. Belles

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 sound 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 have all your music ready for Saturday’s Gala. VTG, please practice 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 be constantly conscious of your own sound in the moment 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 as the year goes by, but you are all handling that well. Don’t let it phase you, and get used to it for a while.  🙂 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!  🙂 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 remember that this rehearsal is mandatory, as we will be putting the finishing touches on everything before the concert. Please also remember to send in, […]
November 22, 2015

November 16, 2015/Rehearsal #11

Dear Bravi, Thank you for your hard work on Monday night. I always enjoy working with you, and particularly appreciate your willingness to work towards artistic excellence. Behavior was a bit crazy from some of us on Monday; I believe that that was an aberration, and so expect that it will be much better next rehearsal. We have very, very […]