November 23rd, 2015/Rehearsal #12

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November 23rd, 2015/Rehearsal #12

Dear Vocalise Singers,

It was a joy to work with you this week while sending Elena healing vibes. Thank you for your focused, dedicated work. You are sounding great.

News and Reminders (many this week–please read them all!!)

  • Holiday Concert — spread the news! Invite your friends, teachers, family!

California Theatre has 1200 great seats — let’s fill them with enthusiastic audience members! How many are coming to see you — five? Ten? 15?!!! Go ahead — make a list, and then invite more! You know

You can buy tickets here!


  • Details about the Dress Rehearsal are below! It is Tuesday, December 1st!
  • Read the entire blog for notes about practice for next week.
  • In rehearsals, we will be standinging as we will on the stage:


    • Vocalise SSA–in three rows
    • Vocalise SATB–in four rows

Remember: As a member of Vocalise, you are responsible for keeping everything we have accomplished so far fresh in your voice and your mind. As you memorize, be sure you are doing so accurately. Continue to review music you have already memorized so it stays with you.

Nov. 23rd Rehearsal Review and Practice Guide

We rehearsed all pieces and then ran through the program. First are notes from the rehearsal, then general notes from the runthrough.

[Rehearsal notes are courtesy of Megan Tobias. Thank you!]

Hark, I Hear:

  • Notes about the Choruses:
    • Please review all parts accompanying the melody on the refrain. A1s especially need to have more distinction between each chorus
    • Breathe only at comma markings in the choruses
    • If you are singing the drone F on the chorus, stay strong!
  • On third verse (“Souls have crossed”)
    • Soloists: don’t speed up! Sing with dignity and weight
    • Oohs: stay very quiet.
  • Remember to sing with both joy and accuracy, particularly rhythmic accuracy.



  • We rehearsed with the metronome.


    • Discovered we slow down with eighth notes and when we breathe
    • Keep going!
  • Worked on tuning in the middle section:
    • Bottom triad–be aware of who has the root and listen for them
    • A1s–Adjust when you stay on the same pitch but go from the third (in D Major) to the root (in F# Major)

Chantez à Dieu:

  • Remember: it’s a celebration of singing!
  • Keep the long phrases going.


  • Lumi
    • Middle section is talking about a sleigh. It should feel like a bumpy ride in a sleigh over icy snow.
    • As, practice the transition from part B to part A
  • Kanarbik
    • Start much quieter at “Muidu” for a very dramatic (and long) crescendo
    • Don’t forget the “d” on the end of teed (difference between singular and plural)
    • “Maa” should have a nice, earthy tone (it means “earth” or “land”)
    • Don’t forget that the S1s start and everyone else filters in over the course of the first meausre.


  • Metronome marking closer to 164 than 149
  • Be sure to watch like a hawk for tempo, especially during the accelerando at C2
  • Listen to each other and work to stay together, not to be right
  • Reminder about the beginning:
    • 7 people start, then filter in by grade
    • 1st “Aa-Ee-Oh” = Second Row
    • 2nd = Second and Third Rows
    • Last = All

General Runthrough Notes:

  • It was, overall, quite good. Everything was better in the runthrough than in the performance.
  • Please remember all of the things we should (and should not) be doing with our bodies as we perform!


With Bravi/VTG:

We reviewed the following pieces:

  • ‘Twas the Night
  • You Got Ta Move
  • I Wish You Christmas
  • Give Us Hope

Please ensure that all of these are fully and accurately memorized (including movement). Overall, it is important that you stay engaged and performing all the time. This includes:

  • Excellent posture
  • Eyes up
  • Emotive faces
  • In the style of the piece


For Rehearsal on 11/30

  • Be prepared to run through the program from beginning to end.

That includes (in this order):

    • Vocalise SSA:
      • Hark, I Hear
      • Chantez à Dieu
      • Chesnokov
      • Lumi
      • Kanarbik
      • Pakkanen
    • Bravi/VTG
      • Lo, How A Rose/The Rose
      • Go Tell It
    • Combined
      • You Got Ta Move
      • The Most Wonderful Time
      • Give Us Hope
      • I Wish You Christmas



Dress Rehearsal Details:
Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Place: California Theater, [Street Address: 345 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113]
Drop off at Artists’ Entrance on Market Street–Curbside Drop Off Only
Pick up at Back Lobby (Market Street Entrance)
Call Time: 4:45pm
Release Time: 8:30pm
Per the Family Manual, this is:

  • Black velvet palazzo pants, hemmed to 1.5 inches from the floor in the shoes that
  • the singer will be wearing for the performance.
  • Black dress tunic
  • Black Character Shoes


  • Black long-sleeved dress shirt
  • Black twill pants, properly hemmed
  • A blue four-in-hand tie
  • Black socks and plain black dress shoes

Further Uniform Instructions:

  • Your uniform should be clean, wrinkle-free, stain-free, and fit properly.
  • Socks and ties are part of your uniform – don’t forget them!
  • Socks and tights should be opaque rather than sheer.
  • Boys shoes should be matte black (not shiny) with no metal buckles or other decorations.
  • Only jewelry issued by Cantabile may be worn for performances. This includes bracelets and watches. Visible body piercings, including earrings, must be removed when the singer is representing Cantabile.
  • Hair should be neatly combed. Long hair needs to be securely pulled back from the singer’s face, in a ponytail, bun or braid. All hair accessories should blend into the singer’s hair color.


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