Dear Vocalise Singers,
I am sorry for the tardiness of the blog this week.
Thank you for your attentive work in rehearsal and during the parent meeting today. Our repertoire is getting more exciting and you really dug into it this week. Additionally, we have an exciting year ahead, and it was great to hear the details with you!
News and Reminders
- These are things you should have at each rehearsal, ready at 5:25:
- Music Folder
- Water bottle
- Yoga mat, hard pillow, or substantial beach towel or blanket
- For the last time, an overview of how rehearsals begin:
- Arrive at least 5 min early (5:25)
- Check-in quickly outside
- Fold your mat/towel and be seated on the floor, facing the piano in rows filling the whole space
- If you are late, please wait until the opening breathing and meditation is over – someone will come and invite you in
- Parts are still being assigned! Please come to rehearsal ready to sing what you have learned with confidence, so Elena can hear your true voice. Parts will be set by the end of Retreat.
Rehearsal Review and Practice Guide
Remember: As a member of Vocalise, you are responsible for keeping everything we have accomplished so far fresh in your voice and your mind. This week, we only touched on two new pieces in rehearsal, but you still must look at the other pieces we have worked on in previous weeks. They need to be practiced and reviewed as well!
For those who were not in rehearsal this week, we spent time beginning to learn Pakkanen and Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal.
For Next Week:
- Please spend time specifically reviewing:
- the “A” Sections of Pakkanen and
- all of Hark, I Hear (if you have a copy)
- The recordings of Pakkanen we heard can be found here (SATB performed by Rajaton) and here (SSA performed by the Hamilton Children’s Choir).
- Remember to practice Simona’s dog panting and find those alto notes!
Some tips for enjoyable and effective practice:
- Treat every piece of music as a source of artistic inspiration, a window into the world and a means to connect with others. What is the story behind? Google the piece — what can you learn about the composition and the text? Search on Spotify (remember, it’s free!) for a good recording and look on youtube. The recordings we send are always good examples we approve.
- Go beyond the piece: read about the style, the period, the region, the history, the composer, and the text. Immerse yourself in the style and world of the piece.
- Get inspired and bring that to your practice. As you get inspired, reviewing and learning your part is no longer a chore, it is an exciting journey!
See you Monday,