Intermediate Rehearsal Blog

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

I missed you last night, but heard you had a great rehearsal. Thank you for your hard work, and thanks to Lori for conducting your rehearsal both last night, and next week. Please keep up the good work, and be sure to come to rehearsal focused, energized, and ready to sing!

Trivia Question: Below is a recording of your newest piece, Unending Flame – what instrument is featured at the beginning, and in what section of the orchestra does it preside? Listen, and refer to your score, and tell Lori next week!

Reminders and Information:

  • Thursday 9/146:15-7:30 PM is the Mandatory Parent Orientation for Intermediate Chorus at our usual rehearsal space in FCC. All parents should plan to attend this important informational meeting!
  • ACDA Honor Choir: The American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference is being held in Pasadena, March 14-17, 2018.  Cantabile Singers in grades 6-12 can audition for several honor choirs to be held during the conference.  These honor choirs are “mountain-top” experiences for young singers, conducted by leading choral conductors from around the country.  The audition deadline is October 13th, so act quickly!  More information and links to the ACDA Western Division website here: National Honor Choir Auditions 2018

Action Items

Unending Flame

  • Listen while following along with your score, and review what you learned with Lori!
  • Step to the beat of the different tempos – where do they occur in the score (including page number and measure number)?

Peter Go Ring-A Dem Bells

  • Sing the F major scale, adding in the flat 3rd (a-flat, or me) and flat 7 (e-flat or teh/tah) – do you remember where those notes occur in the song?
  • Review your part, which often appears in Call and Response.
  • Please take note of these sections, which are similar, and easy to confuse with one another: mm 27-34 and mm. mm. 44- 52.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score, taking note of the final fast section, which we did not begin on Thursday.
  • Extend your listening by stepping to the beat of the four different tempos, which occur on pages 2,4,10 and 12.

Arruru

  • Continue to feel the long phrases which we created with the bouncing ball – use tall and beautiful vowel shapes for all the sustained notes, particularly a beautiful [u] vowel or “oooh” on the word “Arruru”.
  • Study all the repeats in the song, which are numerous, to help you understand the overall structure of the piece.
  • Listen to Parts 1 and 2 and learn your part for our next rehearsal:

Part 1

Part 2

Blustery Day

  • Please take note of the pitches in measure 51 “what do you say?” Note the difference in measure 55, which has the same text but different pitch material.
  • Take note of ending consonants and work on enunciating them: The final “t” in “retreat,” “d” in “wind,” “t” in “hat,” and “k” in “back.”
  • Practice alternating between 6/8 and 3/4 using the body percussion patterns. Remember, you are alternating between 2 and 3!
  • Speak the text like a poem.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score.

Peace on earth….and lots of little crickets

  • Keep a 4-beat pattern on your body, and sing through the entire song, very slowly, working on clear, crisp, enunciation and making it as rhythmic as possible.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score.
  • Part 2, review your harmonies starting in measure 57.
  • Part 1, take note of your harmonies which begin in measure 47.

Amani

Part Allocations

Part 1: Kahaan, Sarah R., Asha, Anika, Sarah C., Sunayna, Adelaide, Kasmira, Ellie, Katelyn, Nika, Alison, Ashwin, Sara W., Josie, Pascal, Sophie, Kitty, Montana

Part 2: Julian, Naveli, Aiden, Kayla, Claire, Emily, Maya, Gabriel, Vivana, Arun, Elisabeth, Jacob, May, Millie, Stefan, Kiara, Anthony, Raghav, Claire

Please recall:

  • Vowel Shapes: Oooh, Oh, Ahh, Eh Eeeh, and the motions we made to emphasize the shape of the vowel and how it’s produced. Always release and breathe between phrases!
  • Tell Me About the Stars in Space – listen for the flat 7th, which we have in many of our songs!

  • Sing-EE-Sing-EH-Sing-AH: Be sure to engage the back of the tongue to create the “ng” sound and to also create more space for a resonant sound!
  • Review all our movement-based activities: Zacody Cody, Gimme 1,2,3, Pata Pata, from South Africa, and Yonder Come Day

DON’T FORGET TO COMPLETE YOUR All-About-Me SHEETS!

Musicianship A Assignment

  • Singers who are starting Book 1 should complete pages 9-12
  • Singers who are halfway through Book 1 should complete pages 25-26
  • Singers in Book 2 should complete pages 5-6

Musicianship B Assignment

  • Please complete pages 5-6

Advanced Intermediate Assignment

  • Please complete the 12-Bar Blues worksheets handed out in class this week.

12 Bar Blues

  • Stay tuned for an invitation to Noteflight, our online composition site which will allow you to create all sorts of wonderful music compositions-this will come out over the weekend.

Have a lovely weekend!

Warmly,

Katie

September 8, 2017

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Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you for a lovely rehearsal on Thursday. In spite of the sweltering heat, you accomplished so much and stayed focused and energized – we are off to a great start! Keep up the great work! Trivia Question: Below is a video of the song Blustery Day. What is the name of the choir performing the song? Watch […]
August 25, 2017

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Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a wonderful first rehearsal. I was already so pleased with the sound you produced and I really enjoyed chatting with as many of you as possible during break. I look forward to a great year of singing and strong choral friendships as we prepare for our concerts! Trivia Question: Last night, we watched a video […]
April 22, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 16 Thursday April 27th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Wonderful work last night – you are so well-prepared for our concert next weekend, and it was great to spend time polishing various sections of your songs, refining phrasing, vowels, and other details to make for a stellar performance. Thank you as well for working so hard to prepare for musicianship exams – I am in the […]
April 14, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 14 Thursday April 13th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for an awesome rehearsal last night. I was so pleased with your attendance during this time of Spring Break and with the additional factor of having our rehearsal at a different location. Your dedication and hard work touches my soul and I am so excited for you to share your musical gifts and accomplishments in our […]
April 7, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 13 Thursday April 6th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a good rehearsal last night. Elena was so impressed with your beautiful singing and you made some important progress on all of your massed songs. Please be sure to work very hard at home this week to fix any challenging sections we had last night – particularly in We Can Plant a Forest! Keep up the […]
March 31, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 12 Thursday March 30th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a fun and productive rehearsal last night! From cup rhythms to 3-part singing, you made many musical achievements last night, and I am so pleased with your sound, your progress, and your wonderful dedication. Please keep up the good work as we approach our Spring Concert on Saturday May 6th! It is just around […]
March 24, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 11 Thursday March 23rd

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, What a wonderful evening of singing and great work! I felt so much positive energy and enthusiasm all around, and you created so many beautiful sounds and moments of true artistry. You are already well-prepared for the concert, but it is important to keep working in detail on the newer songs, and to start practicing the more […]