Intermediate Rehearsal Blog

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for a great rehearsal this week! You made a lot of progress on the songs you will be singing on your own at Cantabile’s Festival for Young Voices, in just a few short weeks, and our massed pieces are also coming along nicely. As you memorize your music this week, please also recall the musical details practiced in rehearsal, including the  musical phrasingdynamics, and articulation. These details will make the song truly special, and fun to sing!

Many of you are also forgetting to bring your binders to rehearsal – please remember to bring them every week!!

Trivia Question: Irish music features a special style of singing which is a capella (no instruments), often in the Gaelic language, and highly ornamental. What is this style of singing called?

Action Items for Next Week:

  • Memorize Un Lorito de Verapaz by next Thursday March 17th
  • Memorize Tres canciones de los elementos by next Thursday March 17th
  • Review Pueblito, mi Pueblo (memorized by 03/24)
  • Review Goza mi Calipso (memorized by 03/24)
  • Review El Pambiche Lento (memorized by 03/24)

Continue to listen to, memorize, and review:

What to practice:

Un Lorito de Verapaz

You sounded beautiful singing this song, particularly after we worked out some challenging sections. Remember, every note you sing is important, and every phrase must have shape, beauty, and intent!

  • Practice speaking the Spanish and review the translation, in particular, these words:

linda” = “pretty” “desmayo” = ”fainted” “dia se enamoro” = “fell in love” “muero de amor” =  “die of love”

  • Review the harmonic section we sang in solfege: mm. 25-28
  • Part 2 singers should review mm. 17-end – you are the feature here! Please note, in measure 33 you sing doh-doh-mi-mi, not doh-doh-doh-mi. Thanks for pointing this out, Ming!
  • Remember, this MUST be memorized by next week!

Tres canciones de los elementos

You sang this piece with passion and expression – Fuego! and La lluvia are sounding particularly lovely, especially after we discussed and implemented some key dynamics and articulations. Escuchar al viento requires more review this week.

  • In Fuego, part 2 should review their opening notes, and how they differ – measure 6 and measure 8.
  • Continue to clap wherever there are accents in the score as you sing Fuego at home this week
  • In La lluvia, dynamics are key! Observe them carefully as you memorize this week – when do you sing mezzo-forte? Mezzo-piano? Look for crescendos and decrescendos and recall that my conducting pattern will generally be larger for crescendo, and smaller for decrescendo.
  • In Escuchar al viento, Part 1 should take note of measures 15 and 19, and how they differ!
  • Practice singing at home with the long phrases we implemented in rehearsal – you should be taking a breath after every four measures!

Pueblito, mi pueblo

Lovely work on this song! Continue to use this source to review the pronunciation, translation, and to listen as you follow along in your scores.

El Pambiche Lento

  • Part 2needs to review their music and sing the solfege in measures 42-56 and measures 75-90.
  • Speak through all the Spanish
  • Continue clapping 4 beat per measure as you sing the song.
  • Continue tolisten to the song!

Goza mi Calipso

  • Please review your “ooohs” in measures 28-36 – sing in solfege!
  • Review the Spanish, and the translation:

Enjoy my calypso and come and dance.

The calypso in Venezuela is a popular song

That accompanies the parades throughout Carnival.

The calypso is from Guayana–a land rich in minerals.

We sing for everybody, we invite you to dance.

My calypso sounds like this

Here you have my calypso

Calypso, calypso dance

To dance!

  • Hereis the video we watched – continue listening and following in your score, and dancing!

Musicianship A: Nice work playing rhythms with our rhythm dice, solving our mystery song in D major, writing your D major scales and the melodic dictation. This week, please complete pages 22-24 in Book 2. My apologies for posting the wrong pages last week – always check the schedule in your binders just in case!

 Musicianship B: Great job with Rhythm Maestro, going over dotted notes, singing intervals in F major, writing your F major scales, and  your melodic dictations. This week, please complete pages 22-24 in Book 3. My apologies for posting the wrong pages last week – always check the schedule in your binders just in case!

Trivia Answer:  Sean-nos Singing Style

Have a great week!

Katie

March 11, 2016

Thursday March 10th/ Rehearsal # 9

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great rehearsal this week! You made a lot of progress on the songs you will be singing on your own at Cantabile’s Festival for Young Voices, in just a few short weeks, and our massed pieces are also coming along nicely. As you memorize your music this week, please also recall the musical details […]
March 4, 2016

Thursday March 3rd/Rehearsal # 8

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great rehearsal this week! You maintained great focus and we have made much progress with the songs we will be singing in the Cantabile’s  Festival for Young Voices, in just a few short weeks. Now we need to dive deep into musical details, including musical phrasing, dynamics, and other musical nuances to make these […]
February 26, 2016

Thursday February 25/ Rehearsal # 7

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great rehearsal this evening! You maintained great focus and sang through many new songs which we will be singing in the Cantabile’s  Festival for Young Voices, in just a few short weeks. Keep up the good work! To those of you who forgot to bring your binders, please remember to bring them every […]
February 5, 2016

February 4th/ Rehearsal #5

Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you for a productive and fun rehearsal last night. We are well on our way with our Spring Concert repertoire, so please continue to work hard in rehearsal, and to review and practice all your songs at home.  Please remember that we will always have a mixture of different songs: Some are more accessible, fun, and […]
January 29, 2016

January 28th/ Rehearsal # 4

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a very productive rehearsal this week! We have been working hard to sing successfully in 3-part harmony, and it is starting to pay off. In these last two weeks before Winter Break, please maintain this wonderful focus and commitment, so we can get most of our music learned and ready for polishing after we […]
January 22, 2016

January 21st/ Rehearsal # 3

Greetings, Intermediate Singers, Thank you for a great rehearsal this evening. I am so impressed by your focus and enthusiasm, and it was so fun to play Forbidden Solfege Pattern with you! In contrast to last week, we sang through many more songs, and perhaps skimmed over various details in order to gain a general familiarity with the music. Next […]
January 15, 2016

January 14th/ Rehearsal # 2

Dear Singers, Thank you for a focused and productive rehearsal this evening. We worked on fewer songs, but we dug deep into 3-part harmony with Ella’s Song and Seven Wonders. Singing in three part harmony requires excellent listening, and complete confidence in singing your own part. It is also essential to know the other parts, and their relationship to your own. […]
January 8, 2016

  Greetings, Intermediate Singers! Thank you for a wonderful first rehearsal of Term 2 – I appreciated your focus and hard work, and your ability to sail through a lot of new material, as embark upon new music from Ireland, Wales, Newfoundland, and many parts of Latin America! Trivia Question: What is the most popular sport in Ireland? Action Items […]