Intermediate Blog # 8 Thursday October 12th

Vocalise Rehearsal #6 – 10/9/17
October 14, 2017
October 11, 2017/Rehearsal #8
October 14, 2017

Intermediate Blog # 8 Thursday October 12th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for a productive, fun, and heartfelt rehearsal. In light of these challenging times, I was thrilled with the amount we accomplished and it was lovely to have a some fresh clean air join us, and allow for more movement and play than I’d originally planned! This blog will start off with a recap of the fun activities we did, followed by key items to work on this week! PLEASE remember if you have not yet copied the Five Rehearsal Habits, please do so. And remember to always put them into practice at Cantabile. Revisit the list each week before coming to rehearsal:

  1. Raise your hand to speak
  2. Keep your eyes on the conductor
  3. Be an active, positive, and focused participant
  4. Follow all instructions
  5. Be respectful – of everyone!

Next Week is Open Rehearsal!

  • Next Thursday October 19th, parents are invited to join Intermediate Rehearsal at 6:45 to catch some fun moments in rehearsal, and to partake in some engaging musical activities!

Trivia Question: The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in Africa, and is also referred to as _____?

Opening Game

  • We seamlessly joined in a circle to sing and play a new game, El Capitan. This Spanish song tells of a ship’s captain, who keeps the musical beat in many different physical forms while the “shipmates” follow the motions, with another player guessing who the “leader” is. It was a lovely way to start the day!
  • We had several different leaders for Gimme 1 2 3!
  • We learned a new warm-up for creating space and tall vowels:

  • We did a favorite warm-up from years past that still make your voices sound beautiful!

  • We learned a fun body percussion pattern to accompany the spooky and beloved minor canon, Ghost of Tom – it sounded lovely in 3-part harmony!

Repertoire Recap and Action Items

Peace on earth….and lots of little crickets

  • Last night you definitely took this song to a new level, with crisper diction, accurate rhythms and a much freer sound in your high range. It was interesting to listen to the different recordings and see what we could take from them (or not!) in order to create your own interpretation!
  • Please MEMORIZE for next week.
  • Continue to 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.
  • 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.

Blustery Day 

  • This song also reached a new level last night, with more accurate cut-offs, a more unified and lovely sound and exciting dynamic contrasts. I also loved the sustained phrases that feature a fermata – your vowels were tall and your crescendo was lovely.
  • Continue to use your body and various gestures to shape phrases during your practice, particularly for various final consonant cut-offs, and opening your arms for crescendos.
  • You reviewed the differences between 6/8 and 3/4, as well as the difference between dividing the 2 beats in each 6/8 measure into three and two. Continue to review this concept at home!
  •  Places you need to work on are measure 16, 17 and 27 and 68.
  • Continue to study the difference between the two notes you song for the word “wind.” Study mm. 27 and 47.
  • Also study measures 50 and 54 – “Hey blustery DAY” is consistently incorrect – the first “day” is an A, the second is an E!
  • Listen to the mp3 while following along in your score – maintain the 6/8 vs. 3/4 beat pattern:


  • Nice work with Jace (aka “the Bravi guy”) last night – recall the correct pronunciation of “de,” and review all the pronunciation with this recording:
  • Continue to Listen to Amani and take note of where the voices split into 3 parts – we will continue to study the 2 parts 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)?

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 week – 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:

Part 1

Part 2


Musicianship A Assignment

  • Singers who are complete Book 1 should complete pages 29-32
  • Singers halfway through Book 1 should complete pages 34-35
  • Singers in Book 2 should complete pages 15-16

Musicianship B

  • Please complete page 15-16 in Book III.

Advanced Musicianship

  • I am sorry we did not collect last week’s assignment – continue to work on the assignment below and we will catch up next week!
  • Study the A-flat major scale with solfege:

  • Write in the solfege for the sight-singing example below:

  • Clap and count the rhythm and then slowly sing the example on solfege syllables.
  • For most of you, It’s time to start composing with Noteflight! Please stay tuned for an email about log-in information. New composers should watch these tutorials: Noteflight Tutorial One, and Noteflight Tutorial Two. All Advanced singers should familiarize themselves with the website by reproducing/copying the above A-flat major sight-singing excerpt into a New Score – please use treble staff for your instrument. It will be a great tool in learning how to compose with dotted notes, natural signs, and other additions to the basic score. Returning Advanced singers can start composing a spooky Halloween song in f minor!

Trivia Answer: Zaire

Have a great weekend!




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