Thank you for a good rehearsal on Wednesday night, and it was lovely to get to meet with all of you and your parents about this year’s events. Even though it was a short rehearsal, we got some great work done! Please see your action items for practicing below:
Practicing for next rehearsal in detail: WHAT and HOW
Just to remind you that practice time expectations for the Ensemble choir is 60-80 minutes per week. Elena recommends this routine:
Caverns In The Clouds
We continued working on this piece this week, focusing on the ending.
Rise up Shepherds
We started this new song and got through most of it! Work on your part — figure it out, it’s not difficult at all. Here is a good recording to help you learn the part.
Old Fox Wassail
Homework: learn your part beginning to end — we will be practicing it in earnest next week!
Grace, arranged by Mark Hayes
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.
Other announcements and reminders:
Remember – we can do anything in life with joy and passion, or with dread and apathy. Here at Cantabile, we are all committed to practicing and performing music with joy and passion – whether we’re sitting at home learning our parts, or performing on the big stages of the world. Wishing you much joy as you practice this week,
Elena and Jazmine