Intermediate Blog # 6

Vocalise Rehearsal #4: 9/25/17
September 29, 2017
September 27, 2017/Rehearsal #6
September 30, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 6

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for a fun and accomplished rehearsal last night! I was so proud of your little performance for our visiting parents, and I think we are on track for a great performance in December. Keep up the good work!

Trivia Question: The song “Lil’ Liza Jane” is an American folk song that has been rewritten in many styles of music. What are they?

Reminders and Information:

ACDA Honor Choir: The American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference is being held in Pasadena, March 14-17, 2018.  Cantabile Singers in grades 6-12 can audition for several honor choirs to be held during the conference.  These honor choirs are “mountain-top” experiences for young singers, conducted by leading choral conductors from around the country.  The audition deadline is October 13th, so act quickly!  More information and links to the ACDA Western Division website here: National Honor Choir Auditions 2018


Peter, Go Ringa Dem Bells 

  • Sopranos in particular need to review the first section of the song – even the very first phrases were shaky last night – feel confident, and know you can sing it!
  • Review measures 69-85 in solfege and make sure your vocal part is solid.
  • Review the sections in 3-part harmony – mm. 91-92 and mm. 114-end of the song, recalling which part of the (vegetarian!) sandwich you sang in! Reinforce the complex rhythm by maintaining the steady beat on your body as you sing.
  • Remember not to over-sing the final consonant “L” in the word “bell.” Have a lovely, tall “eh” vowel and close into the “L” at the last possible moment, keeping it light and supported.
  • Go through your score and circle all the dynamics, and prepare to apply them to the song in the coming weeks.
  • Listen to your part:

Soprano 1

Soprano 2 (Soprano in 2-part sections)

Soprano 2 (Alto in 2-part sections



This sounded lovely last night – the harmonies are settling, and you sways were so effective in helping us feel the long phrases. You created beautiful vowels and a lovely, unified tone.

Action Items

  • Continue to memorize this song! You are ready! When doing so, adhere to the dynamics and be sure the long sustained phrases are sung on the breath, with beautiful and pure vowel sounds!
  • Study all the repeats in the song, which are numerous, to help you understand the overall structure of the piece.
  • Continue to listen to your part:

Peace on earth….and lots of little crickets

  • Work on the final measures of the song, (mm. 69-end) feeling the ribs are open and supported for your high notes – release and exhale on beautiful vowels, tall and free.
  • Continue to speak the text of the song in rhythm, particularly the sections we worked last night: m. 23, m. 31, m. 66, and m. 72.
  • If the ties are confusing, take them out and count the rhythm without the ties.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score.
  • Part 2, review your harmonies starting in measure 57.
  • Part 1, take note of your harmonies which begin in measure 47.


  • Continue to Listen to Amani and take note of where the voices split into 3 parts – we will add harmonies next week!

Unending Flame

  • Review the scalar passages on page 6 which we worked on – mi-fah-sol-la-fah-mi and mi-fah-sol-la-ti-doh-ti-RI (raised reh or 2nd scale degree) – sing on solfege and then sing the text.
  • From measure 64, pay attention to the beats where you CLAP – they change every time, and counting is required!
  • Listen while following along with your score, and review your part!
  • Step to the beat of the different tempos – where do they occur in the score (including page number and measure number)?

Blustery Day

  • Listen to the mp3 while following along in your score – maintain the 6/8 vs. 3/4 beat pattern:


Musicianship A Assignment

  • Singers who are complete Book 1 should complete pages 21-24
  • Singers halfway through Book 1 should complete pages 30-31
  • Singers in Book 2 should complete pages 11-12

Musicianship B

  • Please complete page 11-12 in Book III.

Advanced Musicianship

Print our Stefan’s wonderful Composition in Eb No 3 with Phantom, write in the solfege, and plan to sight-sing in class next week! Please look for comments on your Noteflight assignments and make the neccessary edits.

Trivia Answer: Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock-n-Roll and New Orleans Brass Band!

Have a lovely weekend!



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