Vocalise Rehearsal Blog

Dear Vocalise Singers,

You are taking a leap forward with ever-more challenging repertoire and exciting experiences ahead. Next week is our last rehearsal before the Friday clinic with Maestro Escalada! Keep up the work at home.

Announcements and assignments

Next Week is the Clinic with Maestro Escalada and the Festival. Your schedule is as follows:

 

    • Friday, 4/1–Clinic with Maestro Escalada

5 to 8pm

FCC (regular rehearsal place)

    • Saturday, April 2, 2016–Festival Day

Where: First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

Uniform: Black Cantabile t-shirt, smart blue jeans, sneakers

Call Time: 10 AM

Free Concert: 2 PM

You will be done between 3:30 and 3:45pm

 

  • Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement sequences as Elena assigned. These practices should be 10-12 min or longer, and no less than 3 times a week.

 

  1. Moment of stillness — eyes closed, turning attention inward, reconnecting with all sensations of the body
  2. Slow, smooth, deep and even breath — hands on abdomen, feeling the body expand with inhale and condense with exhale
  3. Align the body by drawing your attention to each part of the body, beginning with feet, finishing with crown of head
  4. Continue with breath/movement flow exercises as practiced in rehearsal

Observe and remember your sensations and feelings at the end of session. The desirable outcome should bring

    • Light, spacious, flexible body — ready for direct experience with self and the world, eager to connect and enjoy, longing to sing
    • Mind curious and open, non-judgemental
    • Playful, joyous, welcoming spirit

This week we spent a lot of time talking about alignment specifically. Keep it in mind during your days!

 

We are preparing the following pieces for the Festival:

 

21 March Rehearsal Review and Homework
Although we didn’t not work on Goza Mi Calipso, El Pambiche and Pueblito, please, spend time reviewing the words, music and the dance (for Goza). Links to recordings are in the list above. Music for Goza is here: Goza-Mi-Calipso

Lift Thine Eyes

We reviewed and polished Mendelssohn’s beautiful trio from his oratorio

Elija. Much work was done on intonation, phrasing, vowel coloring and tuning.

  • Be ready to sing your part in a trio on Monday April 4th!
  • Part change for A: in Measure 5, the first two notes should be “D-F#” not
    “E-G”
  • Listen to this excellent recording of the piece for an example of beautiful tone, phrasing and diction

Bonnie Wood Green

Please be sure that notes, rhythms, and all other aspects of these pieces are under your belt.

Missa Criolla

We spent the majority of time in rehearsal on the two movements of this piece. Below are some general notes. Please be sure you have reviewed internalized all notes, rhythms and text for the next rehearsal.

  • Kyrie
    • Should have a mournful, passionate, slow feeling
    • Achieved through darker vowels, swelling on notes and use of vibrato (if possible)
    • Listen for tuning!
    • Remember to come forward and be more prominent/passionate when you have text
  • Gloria
    • Two contrasting sections: a carnival and a dirge
    • Keep rhythms crisp and detached in the carnival section, especially Glo. ria. Dios.
  • Alto 2s should be on the tenor part down to an F, anything lower, go up to the Alto line
  • In addition to those re-assigned to the Alto part in rehearsal, Sasha, Sarina and Alicia should also be singing the Alto part throughout.
  • For next week:
    • Learn and internalize!

El Último Café

  • We covered this briefly at the end of rehearsal. Keep working on perfecting those notes, rhythms, and words.
  • At home, also work on the feel: light, dance-like, on your toes for the melody, detached accompaniment parts.
  • A2: please review your notes on pages 4 and 5–it was very hard to hear your part in rehearsal.
March 23, 2016

March 21, 2016/Rehearsal #10

Dear Vocalise Singers, You are taking a leap forward with ever-more challenging repertoire and exciting experiences ahead. Next week is our last rehearsal before the Friday clinic with Maestro Escalada! Keep up the work at home. Announcements and assignments Next Week is the Clinic with Maestro Escalada and the Festival. Your schedule is as follows:   Friday, 4/1–Clinic with Maestro […]
March 21, 2016

March 14, 2016/Rehearsal #9

Dear Vocalise Singers, We have three weeks of intense Latin American music in front of us before Maestro Escalada comes to join us. Enjoy this process of immersing yourself in this vibrant and amazing music!   Assignments     Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement sequences as Elena assigned. These practices should be 10-12 min or longer, […]
March 9, 2016

March 7, 2016/Rehearsal #8

Dear Vocalise Singers, Congratulations on your wonderful ACDA performance and a successful recording session! It was wonderful to celebrate this milestone for Cantabile and reflect on our experience. We are forging ahead with new repertoire this week, preparing full-speed for the Festival on April 2nd and the spring concerts! Assignments   Please continue to practice alignment – breath – movement […]
February 20, 2016

February 8, 2016/Rehearsal #6

Dear Vocalise Singers, ACDA is coming up quickly (you can check out the website for the conference here)! Your focused and detailed work in rehearsals continue to make pieces sparkle and shine with musicality, expressiveness, and beauty. Announcements:   There is no rehearsal next week! This does not mean there is no practicing next week! Please continue to refresh all […]
February 4, 2016

February 1, 2016/Rehearsal #5

Dear Vocalise Singers, You are doing an amazing job getting down to the minute details and polishing these pieces to an artistic shine. It is hard, but incredibly rewarding work, and you are doing it well. Keep it up! Announcements:   Elena assigned all singers to practice the sequence of   “moment of stillness –alignment — breath — movement — […]
January 30, 2016

January 25, 2016/Rehearsal #4

Dear Vocalise Singers, What fun it was this week to sing with and hear Alexa and her band! Thank you for your flexibility and work as we accomplished a lot of different things in a dynamic rehearsal.   Announcements:   Rehearsal next week is normal–the recording session has been rescheduled for Monday, 2/29. You can check the online calendar for […]
January 20, 2016

January 18, 2016/Rehearsal #3

Dear Vocalise Singers, Thank you, once again, for your diligent work! Refining and polishing repertoire takes so much focus and requires being very detail-oriented. It is really difficult, and you are doing an admirable job. Keep it up! Announcements:   Elena assigned all singers to practice the sequence of “moment of stillness –alignment — breathing — movement — meditation” three […]
January 15, 2016

January 11, 2016/Rehearsal #2

Dear Vocalise Singers, Please be sure to read Elena’s wonderful email from Monday night — it is copied at the end of the notes. You are off to a great start this semester with many amazing things to come! Announcements:   You have been asked to practice the alignment — breathing — meditation sequence three times per week, 15 min […]