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August 23, 2017/Rehearsal #1

Dear Ensemble,

Welcome to the 23rd season of Cantabile and a new season for Ensemble!  I hope you are as filled with excitement and anticipation as I am for the year ahead.  It was wonderful  to finally see your beautiful faces and hear you sing.  You all are destined for great things!

I appreciated your enthusiastic participation in the Name Game and your thoughtful discussion afterwards about working together as a team in our ensemble.  This concept is central to everything we will do this year and we will continue to explore teambuilding throughout the season.

Standing Pose…

Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!

Here is your “template” to practice daily.  When you are practicing your music, stand with this posture and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!

Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet

  • Inner heels, outer heels
  • Mounds underneath big toes and little toes
  • Big toes

Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend

Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed

Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels

Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE

Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)

ARMS relaxed and long, by your side

Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.

Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.

Peter Go Ring-A Dem Bells

  • Open your score and go to the 2nd page, ms. 18.  Write in the solfege syllables over the notes in your part, Soprano or Alto, from ms. 18-34.  If you need it, you may refer to the F major scale here.  There is a hand sign/solfege syllable chart in the front of your binder you may use for help with the chromatic flats in the Soprano part.
  • Find F on a keyboard if you can, or just pick a note to be Do, and sight read these measures (thout help from the piano) first.  Then listen to this recording and see if you sang it correctly.
  • Continue to practice your part from the beginning of the song to ms. 63 at the least.  If you can continue farther, that will be great.  ALTOS NOTE: be sure that you are learning the Alto part and not just singing along with the Sopranos.  If you’re not sure what note to sing, wait until next week at rehearsal to actually sing your part.  Just listen and absorb the overall sound of the song.
  • Soprano 2s, remember we split you down the center of our standing arrangement, so anyone to the right of center should sing Soprano and anyone to the left of center should sing Alto until the parts divide into SSA at ms. 91-94 and ms. 114-end.
  • We will assign notes in the final chord of the piece at next week’s rehearsal.


  • Even though you don’t have this music yet, listen to this recording and get familiar with the song.  Pay close attention to the rhythm, tapping a steady beat as you listen and noticing all the words that fall in between the beats.  The syncopation in this song needs to be crisp and clean.


Musicianship A and B Homework:

  • Pgs. 1-3 in your Young Singer’s Journey book

Advanced Musicianship Homework:

  • Practice singing intervals ascending from low Do and descending from high Do


Other announcements and reminders:

  • Parent orientation is Wednesday, September 13th at 6:15pm.  Your parents must attend – we will cover a whole year of vital information! Ensemble is a family commitment: for you to be successful, your parents must be well informed and stay current to all our activities.
  • Retreat: all singers are required to attend the Cantabile retreat at YMCA Camp Campbell September 15th – September 17th.  Please make sure that is on your calendar.
  • Bring your yoga mats!  Every week we will start at exactly 5:05 pm on the floor with our shoes and socks off, and our yoga mats half-rolled beneath us. New singers will be getting their Cantabile yoga mats at retreat.  

Thank you for making me feel welcome at my first Cantabile rehearsal and for your focus and attention throughout our rehearsal.  We may have some special mystery guests at rehearsal next week, so please keep that great rehearsal etiquette going and show them why we are so proud of Cantabile!

Have a great weekend!


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