Intermediate Rehearsal Blog

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

Thank you so much for another great rehearsal on Thursday, and for your wonderful work with our guest, Lori. You made her feel very welcome, and I know she was so impressed by your sound, and by all the progress you were able to make in such a short time. You make me very proud!

Parents of Intermediate A Singers: Please remember that all singers MUST sign in at Parish Hall with Sandra and Esther before going to class in the choir room with Matthew and Simon – otherwise, they will be marked LATE or ABSENT!!!

Trivia Question: What is the name of the collapsible ball that Lori brought along to show phrasing and dynamics?

Action Items for this Week:

Stars Tonight

  • Lovely job starting this song! Please read through the text, and take note of all the sections which have the “synco-pa-cha” rhythm we worked on in the beginning. What story is the text trying to tell, and how can you relate from your own experience?
  • Study the text, and find all the diphthongs, and determine what vowel you will need to extend to create a beautiful sound (for instance “pine” should have a beautiful and tall “ah”).
  • Please assume (for now) that C is doh, and write the solfege into the song, in order to help you learn the pitches faster. I will have an mp4 of this for you next week!

Shiru

  • Wonderful job working through your vocal parts in 2 circles. Measures 13-22 are challenging, as are measures 30-55 – please review! Please remember how Lori worked through the language with you, and how some phrases can “bloom” like a flower! Switch between practicing your vocal line in staccato, then legato articulation.
  •  Continue to listen to the mp3 and studying your vocal part, as well as the pronunciation, in particular the “ch” sound and all the consonants with an apostrophe, which requires an “ih” sound, such as v’ = “vih.” Check out this pronunciation guide, which includes Hebrew cyrillics, Roman letters, and how to pronounce the letter with IPA and English examples
  • Continue to listen whilst following along in your score, and listen for the two vocal parts 1 and 2. Please take note of the Hebrew pronunciation – this is based upon Psalm 98, and means “Sing!”

The Moon – please continue to review and practice, in particular, the points which Jace and Lori made:

  1. Recall the phrasing and dynamics which Lori encouraged you to make with the help of the ball. Can you recreate this visual by making flowing, small and large motions with your arms? Places where this was particularly essential were ‘O moon,” “are you listening” and “I’ll wait for you.”
  2. Create and imagine an atmosphere for this piece as soon as the piano starts!
  3. Have an owl “oooh” vowel sound for “moon.”
  4. Watch for crisp ending consonants, particularly “t” in “night,” and “light.”
  5. Look for all the diphthongs in the music , in particular “O” in “O moon” and focus on elongating the first vowel.
  6. Circle all the dynamics in your score and be sure to memorize them, along with the music!
  7. Part 2, continue to review your part and have more confidence in singing out with warmth and expression – you know it and you sing it beautifully!

Allunde Alluya

  • Excellent start on both the music and choreography of this Swahili song! Practice what we learned this week!
  • Please continue to listen and watch the video of Cantabile performing this in 2012, which also features beautiful movements which we will perform at the winter concert! This is a beautiful African Prayer Lullaby with Swahili text.

Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow

  • Review this whole song.  Measures 37 – 44 have new material in part 2 and should be reviewed this week.
  • Please focus on the dynamic contrasts in measures 45-end – there are many different markings and they are all very important!
  • Continue to listen to your part (below) and practice at home.
  • Here is also some interesting history about the song, and its relationship to Jazz and Blues – we will continue to talk about this in the coming weeks.

Mid-Winter

Bist du bei mir  – please continue to review and practice, in particular, the points which Jace made:

  1. Have an owl “oooh” vowel sound for all the words with “ooh”: Du, zum, zu, and Ruh.
  2. Make “hills” to create beautiful shapes and phrasing, particularly in the phrases which have a lot of slurs (“zum sterben und zu meiner Ruh,” for example)
  3. Remember the message of the song – love, and friendship! Show it in your faces!
  4. Look for all the diphthongs in the music (“meiner” “Frueden” for example) and focus on elongating the first vowel.
  5. Circle all the dynamics in your score and be sure to memorize them, along with the music!

Musicianship A

Excellent work reading and playing your Pie Rhythms, and then composing your own! You also reviewed F major a practiced writing the scale on the staff. Lovely work sight-singing O, How Lovely, and performing a brief melodic dictation. This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 25-28, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 13-14. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday.  Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK MATTHEW!  

Musicianship B                                                                                                                         

Excellent work reading and performing with the Halloween Candy rhythms!  You then split up into small groups and worked on sight-singing in F major. I was so impressed with those of you who performed your canon for the class, and we will continue focusing on this in the coming weeks. This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 13-14. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday. Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK ME! 

Singers who have completed Book 3 – I am a bit behind in reviewing your compositions! Please stay tuned for feedback this week. In the meantime do the following:

  1. Work on ear training this week! Please do both the intervals exercises and keep track of how you do. Repeat as needed, until you get a 90% or higher!

Trivia Answer: A Hoberman Sphere!

Have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

Warmly,

Katie, Matthew, and Simon

 

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September 2, 2016

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Greetings, Intermediate Singers! On behalf of Matthew, Simon, and me, thank you for another great rehearsal, and thank you to all the parents who made it to our Parent Orientation – it was great to see so many familiar faces, and to meet many new families! Even in our second week, I can see we have a very special group […]
August 26, 2016

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Thursday May 12/Rehearsal # 18

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great dress rehearsal tonight – it truly displayed all the hard work and progress you have made this year, and also reminded us of what must be improved before Saturday. 🙂 Please take time to review all songs and choreography before the big concert! You will shine!! All Choir Concert – CONCERT Saturday, May […]