Vocalise Rehearsal Blog

August 26, 2017

Vocalise Rehearsal #1: 8/21/17

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April 28, 2017

Vocalise Blog #15: 4/24/2017

Dear Vocalise: Thank you to so many of you who replied to my message to state your commitment to Vocalise and the excellence it stands for. If you mean to perform in the concerts but haven’t yet written to me, read my direct email from April 25th and make your intention clear. On Monday, May 1st, we begin our two-week […]
April 21, 2017

Vocalise Blog #14: 4/17/2017

Dear Vocalise: Thank you for a productive rehearsal last week!  Our concerts are just around the corner, so we must take the music beyond the rehearsal process and focus on performance. Each time you practice, please consider: 1) WHY you sing, 2) WHAT we’re singing about, and 3) HOW you can show the meaning of each and every phrase with […]
April 13, 2017

Vocalise Blog #13: 4/10/2017

Dear Vocalise: The concerts are approaching — in less than three weeks, on May 2nd, we are at the concert venue, practicing for the first of the spring concerts. Our special guest, multi-instrumentalist and producer Laura Inserra, will be at the April 24th rehearsal: Our last regular rehearsal is next week. It is now that you must make your decision: Do […]
April 7, 2017

Vocalise Blog #12: 4/3/2017

Dear Vocalise:   Thank you very much for your attention, energy and focus in recording video footage for my presentation “Re-imagining Choral Rehearsal: building voice, community and health with creative movement, yoga and meditation” which will be delivered at the X World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, this July.  We are recording again next Monday – please, have […]
March 30, 2017

Vocalise Blog #11: 3/27/2017

Dear singers: What an experience to work with Joan Szymko on her music, as well as some of our other repertoire.  We’d like each of you to spend some time this week, during your practice, reflecting on our time with her.  What did you learn?  What new insights did you gain?  Did Joan make anything “click” by saying it in […]
March 23, 2017

Vocalise Blog #10: 3/20/2017

Dear singers: Thank you for a wonderful rehearsal last night. Your hard work and practice really showed last night – keep it up! We welcome Joan Szymko to our rehearsal this coming Monday. Please welcome her with respect, openness and sincere interest. Think of things you will ask her during the “question and answer” session. Be a warm and gracious […]
March 17, 2017

Vocalise Blog #9: 3/13/2017

Dear singers: Thank you for one of the most productive, focused and exciting rehearsals of the entire season. Seeing you so joyfully and  intensely engaged in crafting Szymko’s challenging pieces filled my heart with great happiness. My deep gratitude goes to Jace for introducing these compositions to you and for guiding you so brilliantly through the first experience with this […]
March 10, 2017

Vocalise Blog #8: 3/6/2017

Hi, Vocalise: Thank you for Monday’s rehearsal.  Learning a large amount of new material in one rehearsal is difficult, particularly when the music is so rhythmically complex.  Keep working on it — we’ll get there!  Elena will be very excited to return next week and see the beginnings of your work on this new repertoire… and you will have a […]
March 3, 2017

Vocalise Blog #7: 2/27/2017

Dear Vocalise: Thank you for a productive rehearsal last week while Elena was away.  She and I are in contact and will continue to set clear goals and dig into deeper levels of your repertoire in her absence.  She misses you greatly, as I’m sure you know! With anything you sing, you will receive what you put into it.  This is incredibly […]