January 29, 2018
Excellent work last Monday — the three new pieces are coming together well. Only TWO rehearsal are left before the conference performance on Feb. 16th.
Here is the repertoire for this short high profile concert at the CA State Conference for Music Educators and Choral Conductors:
- Vivos Voco
- Cantique de Jean Racine
- Spring Waters
- Light on a Clear Blue Morning
- Bedu Pako`
ACTION ITEMS FOR FEBRUARY 5TH REHEARSAL. (Full instructions for each piece are further down in the blog.)
- Bedu Pako must be memorized by Feb. 5th rehearsal: all notes, words and choreography. (See video of the dance attached)
- Memorize Spring Waters and Light of a Clear Blue Morning
- Review Vivos Voco and Cantique: Listen to the pronunciation audio clip to assure orrect pronunciation.
- Last chance to audition for solos: send a recording of your singing to Elena.
- 3d Yoga flow and meditation is a part of your daily routine.
- Standing or seated meditation (no less than 7 min. a day)
- 3 rounds of sun salutations followed by…
- 3 rounds of the latest flow with articulation and full connection to the breath. (see description below)
This week’s meditation/yoga flow
- Alignment: begin sitting, spine in neutral position (long and straight from tailbone to crown of the head, with four natural curves). Remember to elevate pelvis so that knees are below the hips. Hands relaxed on knees/thighs
- While sitting, continue to elongate and articulate the spine while relaxing the shoulders down and back, bringing shoulder blades in toward midline of the body.
- With eyes closed, begin with 3 cleansing breaths: breathe long through the nose, exhale by opening the mouth in “ah” shape. Imagine letting go of any tension and difficulties of the week.
- Continue meditation with natural breath: bring your attention solely to the breath, following each inhale and exhale from its beginning to its full completion.
- Continue with BODY SCAN: Let your focus linger, imagining your attention as a sheet of light slowly descending on each part of the body; notice all sensations without judgement. Observe and sense…
- Top of the head
- Soften the jaw, eyes, cheeks
- Neck and Shoulders – if there is any tension, let it melt away
- Abdomen – soften and relax, observe the movement as you breathe
- Hips – allow the muscles and joints to relax and melt into the cushion;
January-February Yoga Flow:
- Begin standing in Mountain (feet parallel, arches/knee caps lifted, hips and shoulders making the frame of the body; rib cage lifted, shoulders back and down, chin slightly tucked)
- Upward Salute (Arch)–> Forward Fold — > Round Spine (hang for two breaths)
- Bend knees, transition to plank — push up
- Press back to Down Dog (heel press, 3x each leg)
- Extended Dog → Pigeon → 3 pigeon bows → Press back to Down Dog
- Repeat on the other side.
- Walk or Jump to Forward fold (round spine)
- ON inhale transition to Monkey → Chair → Awkward Chair → Mountain.
Spring Waters, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), arr. Elena Sharkova
Use these part recordings and this professional recording to practice.
Be sure you know the translation of the Russian text. Use the translation on the inside front cover of your score to write it in your music. You must work on memorizing the translation just like you memorize the music.
- Ms. 15 & 16 – Altos, the C in ms. 15 is still shaky. You have it by ms. 16.
- Ms. 15 & 16 – Everyone – the eighth notes should be like pick up notes to the half notes. Move through them more quickly leading to the more-important half notes.
- Ms. 17 & 18 – keep fortissimo, and sing “like a proud 8-year old boy!”
- Ms. 22 brings a change – a yearning and wonder. In the measures following, gently pass the melody back and forth between the parts as if you were passing a baby to one another.
- Ms. 33 – Sopranos singing the high B-flat: move to it on beat 4. There is a fermata on beat 4 and the lower parts move their notes together
- Ms. 33-34 – we changed some notes: Sop 2s – in 34-end, sing B-flat. Alto 1s – sing half note A-flat in ms. 33 and G in ms. 34-end. Alto 2s – sing dotted quarter A-flat then eighth D in ms. 33 and E-flat in ms. 34-end.
Bedu Pako, arr. Meghan Quinlan
This piece must be memorized solid, including choreo. There are three videos attached here, use these to practice:
Our performance at the Western Division in 2015
Trisha Gongalore and Karuna Dharan demonstrating the choral part of the
Several of our girls demonstrating solo dance choreo (6 girls) – CHECK BACK FOR THIS VIDEO
Part Divisions, p. 5
- Soprano 1 & 2 – sing lines as marked.
- Soprano 3 line will be sung by Alto 1s
- Alto line will be sung by Alto 2s, divided
Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson & Richard Gabrillo
Use this recording for reference.
We Rise Again by Leon Dubinsky, arr. Lydia Adams
- Alto 2 – sing the Tenor part from ms. 13-18 and 29-39. Otherwise, sing the Alto line.