Your home practice assignment will be a bit more than usual since we have two weeks in between the rehearsals. And happy Labor Day Weekend, by the way, stay cool! 🙂
For those new to Vocalise and new to Cantabile, here is how we roll in this super-advanced choir:
Action Items for the next 10 days (Aug. 31-Sept. 11th) Full instructions for each piece are further down in the blog.
Angel (SSA), by Sergei Rachmaninoff, poem by Mikhail Lermontov
Your assignment for August 28th was to learn your part without words – beginning to end. If you have not done this yet, you need to do it now. Practice with the metronome: Beat= 66-68
Sing along with the recording below (Angel is at 11:40, but please, at some point listen to the entire chorus cycle Rachmaninoff composed.)
Make sure you work on breathing: phrases are long, practice stagger breathing when you can’t get through on one long breath.
Caribbean Mass (SATB), by Glenn McClure
Listen to this rendition of the piece on by the MA All-State Honor Choir, Dr. Janet Galvan, conductor
Amani: watch and listen to the clip and figure out your part. Listen to pronunciation recording
made by Jace, get acquainted with the text, be ready to speak it in rhythm.
Performance example (this is festival choir conducted by Rollo Dillworth whose wonderful arrangements you have sung many times in the past.)
Cantique de Jean Racine and Words: listen to recordings, fall in love with the songs. The scores are coming.
“Stacking up” alignment and standing mediation
On some days, meditate seated or even lying down. (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
“Mind, body and emotions are one continuum, connected through breath.”
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 best 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 various simple flows and learning to hold poses and relax into them. The goal is not twist yourself into a tight pretzel but rather to develop an ability to find relaxation, focus and calm in any position/situation your body — as well your mind and emotions — may find itself. Perfection is not needed as their isn’t such a thing; what we seek is harmony of all elements of our being.
Flow #1 (Forward arch — swan dive – forward bend/chest to thighs — slow roll up)
Begin in standing pose (as described above)
INHALE: Rotate wrists out and lift arms above the head, arching the back, lifting the chest and opening up. As the head relaxes back, gently open the jaw, neck soft.
EXHALE: Swan dive down, bring hands to the lower back. round the back, release neck, head, arms; let gravity pull you down, stretching the hamstrings, lower back, calves.Bend knees, bring chest to thighs, folding the upper body over the lower. Release the arms to hang down in front. Challenge your hamstrings by slightly unbending the knees but keeping the chest touching the thighs. 3-4 pulses like that.
INHALE/EXHALE: Bend knees, chin tucked: slowly unbend – vertebra by vertebra- to standing, neck and head come to place last — this takes INHALE and EXHALE.
Repeat from the top, 5-6 times.
Other announcements and reminders:
Elena, Jace, and Lori