Vocalise Rehearsal Blog

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, 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, 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:

 

14 March Rehearsal Review and Homework

Pueblito, mi Pueblo

  • We reviewed this briefly
  • As you are working at home:
    • Hold the notes their full length
    • Keep the tempo going (it is slow, but not as slow as you wanted!)
    • Review chromatics in the section beginning at m. 12
  • Pronunciation file is attached below
  • S2: Please also learn the Alto part from measure 12 to the end.

 

Dirait-On

  • We reviewed this briefly.

El Último Café

  • Sang through and reviewed the Spanish diction
  • Worked on the feel of the Tango, light and dancing
  • For next time:
    • Have this well-learned–words should not be tripping you up any more

Missa Criolla

  • We reviewed each movement in detail
  • Alto 2s should be on the tenor part down to an F, anything lower, go up to the Alto line
  • A handful of Soprano 2s are singing the Alto part (as assigned in rehearsal)
  • For next week:
    • Have all notes and rhythms learned
    • Understand the layout–where do you go when
    • Alto 2s be sure of when you are on the tenor or alto line

El Pambiche Lento

  • We read through the words in rhythm
  • For next week
    • Review all text and rhythms
    • Learn notes as well

Tristeza

  • Read through with Bravi
  • For next week:
    • Have all notes and rhythms learned comfortably
    • Be ready to add Portuguese
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 […]
January 9, 2016

January 4, 2016/Rehearsal #1

  Dear Vocalise Singers, How exciting it is to begin a new semester. It is going to be a busy one! Please, plan well and stay healthy to enjoy all events and concerts! Here are some of the things we have to look forward to in the next several months:   January 30th: Aria and Bravi perform at Cantabile’s Gala […]