As we draw nearer to the Holidays With Cantabile concert on Dec. 3, I want to encourage each of you to visualize yourself on the stage of the grand California Theater, completely confident that you know your music thoroughly and are eager to share the message or story of each song with your audience. This wonderful experience can be yours if you remain diligent in practicing during these next four weeks.
But first – the Fall Choir Workshop and Family Concert is coming up SOON! Saturday, November 4th (see details below) is just around the corner. This is an important day for us to rehearse the combined numbers for the holiday concert with the other groups and to benefit from the expertise of other Cantabile staff, as well as to reconnect with members of the other choirs. We are counting on everyone to be in attendance that day.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:
Call Times for the Fall Choir Workshop/Rehearsal
Please note that call times for the Fall Rehearsal on Saturday, November 4th have changed and are earlier than previously scheduled. Your call time is 9:00 am, and you must arrive in your Cantabile T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes/sneakers. NOTE: you must have your black Cantabile t-shirt for this day as we will present a concert at the end of the day. Please arrive in the back parking lot (off of Byron St) for check in. A friendly reminder that the concert is scheduled for 1pm, and you will be done by 2pm. The rehearsal and concert are held at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto: 625 Hamilton Ave.
Tour Registration Reminder
Members of Ensemble are strongly encouraged to go on the New York City Carnegie Hall tour this summer! Here is what Julia Zarcone, Executive Director of Cantabile, has to say about tour (and I heartily agree!):
Touring is a powerful and important part of the Cantabile experience for all of our performing choir singers: Ensemble, Vocalise, Bravi, Aria and VTG. We need you to register for Carnegie by October 31, 2017. Or at least let us know that you plan to go and if you are not planning to go we need to hear from you as well. The capacity for our organization to sing individual concerts on tour and to participate in the Festival at Carnegie depends on a critical mass of you joining the tour.
Touring provides weeks worth of rehearsal training (Elena says an entire semester !) in one trip. It is immensely valuable for singers as they gain confidence, self-esteem and develop relationships with their choir friends that last beyond Cantabile. And it looks great on a college resume to have sung in Carnegie Hall.
Please visit the member-only portion of the website and sign up now. The last day to register is October 31st!
Disney Cancellation Notice
A friendly reminder that our trip to Disneyland has been canceled due to under-enrollment. Please see the email that was sent out earlier this week for further information.
Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale
Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly! Additionally, please remember to pass out the three postcards that you were given this week in class: we need your help in filling the hall, so invite your extended family, friends, teachers, and neighbors today!
ACTION ITEMS FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 25, 2017
Kyrie Eleison by Ron Kean
Unending Flame by Paul Carey
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells arr. Jeffery Ames
Caribbean Mass (Santo and Agnus Dei)
Santo – Soprano
Santo – Alto
Soprano 1-High (no repeat)
Soprano 1 Low
Everyone Makes Mistakes
We will sing this at the November Workshop and Family Concert. Continue to learn this song, and invite your parents and siblings to learn it too!
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Use these rehearsal tracks to be sure your part is accurate and continue to memorize.
Practicing for next rehearsal in detail: WHAT and HOW
Just a reminder that practice time expectation for the Ensemble choir is 90 minutes per week. Lori recommends this routine:
BREATHING MEDITATION, STANDING POSITION AND A YOGA FLOW
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
Hands together in front, slowly raising them to a forward salute (inhale)
Exhale — forward bend: round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.
PLace hands on lower back, bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE
Slowly bring arms up as before, inhaling — forward salute and forward arch
Exhale- forward bend
INhale — monkey (legs straight but relaxed, spine straight and long,hands on knees, back and head make a “table”
Exhale — forward fold, bend knees
INhale — Chair (knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms raised above head.
Exhale — standing
Exhale into standing.
Happy practicing! If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .