Dear Vocalise Singers,
Thank you for two nights in a row of very hard work! The concert is finally upon us. This week’s blog contains notes and reminders for Sunday, so it is in a slightly different format. Read on to prepare!
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 Sunday are below! Please read carefully!
- Read the entire blog for notes about practice for Sunday
Review Guide for Holiday Concert
[These pieces are in order of what you sing in the concert, including what you do in between. Take note!]
Give Us Hope
- Please be sure you have it perfectly and accurately memorized to help lead the little ones
[Watch the rest of the first half from the balcony]
[Aria’s Set–Vocalise backstage]
Hark, I Hear
- Sung from the front of the stage–please be sure your lines are straight and that you are staggered.
- Slight shadow vowel for GLory
- As you sing in canon, be the angels from the balcony
- Alto solo: very legato. Dynamics should ebb and flow with the line
- “Oohs” under the solo present, but just barely.
- Review the beginning (p. 3) and the end (p.11) to ensure you know how they are different
- Be sure that all upward intervals are lifted and that the vowels are closed and properly placed (for tuning)
- Great in rehearsal!
- Remember the motion of ringing the bell
- The melody must be passed from part to part without lagging or slowing–keep in mind the water-bottle passing
- It should be effortless between parts!
- Starts right on the heels of Lumi
- Be prepared to sing the first pitch–think before singing and breathe to prepare
- Watch closing on “ikka”–not too much
- Observe the dynamics–pp all the way to fff
- Now that we have a tempo established, don’t be too manic. Feel the groove!
- We will have some kind of “artsy” standing arrangement, to be worked out Sunday
- Be sure you are always singing your part–don’t get too talky
- Soprano 2s:
- Be sure you know the difference in text between B1 and B2
- Watch the rhythm on the different “Pakkanen”s
‘Twas the Night
- Watch the video (here) if you are unsure of any of the choreography.
- Eyes up all the time!
- Performing and storytelling all the time!
You Got Ta Move
- Always be in the grove
- Review any transitions, as needed
- Soloists, be close to the mic, and don’t move too much
I Wish You Christmas
- Review words! We want to be clear what we are wishing.
- Review when you sing and when you don’t–differences between verses are crucial
[Intermediate and Prep 3 join]
It’s The Most Wonderful Time
- Help lead those little singers!
Sunday (12/6) Details
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
Call Time: 9:00am
Release Time: 11:00am [11:30am for Aria]
Pick Up Location: Pick up at Back Lobby (Market Street Entrance)
Dress: Regular Clothes
Please eat breakfast before this rehearsal!
Call Time: 5:15pm
Release Time: After Concert, in Lobby
Dress: FULL UNIFORM [Formal Concert Uniform]
Please eat dinner prior to arrival!
Per the Family Manual, this Formal Concert Uniform 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.