Vocalise Rehearsal Blog

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 […]
February 23, 2017

Vocalise Blog #6: 2/13/2017

Dear Vocalise, I hope you are all having a wonderful and restful ski week! Stay safe with all of the rough weather. Please don’t forget that we will be back in rehearsal on Monday, February 27th, so take the time to refresh your memory on what we’ve worked on and learn the pieces listed below before we meet again.   […]
February 3, 2017

Vocalise Blog #4: 1/30/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal — thank you all! I hope you read my email sent on Monday night. It is important that we continue our conversation about about the place of art in human history, about community, vulnerability, and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive […]
January 27, 2017

Vocalise Blog #3: 1/23/17

Dear Vocalise, Great rehearsal! I will write to you separately to continue a very important conversation about community, vulnerability and creativity. Meanwhile, have a great weekend and enjoy your practice. Justin’s notes below are an excellent guide to deep and productive practice. Set your practice times, make a plan of what you will practice and revise it if needs to […]
January 20, 2017

Vocalise Blog #2: 1/16/17

Dear Vocalise, Action Items for your practice before Monday’s rehearsal: Get familiar with the new repertoire by reading the notes below and the program notes in each score (when provided) Listen to performance examples (follow links below) Sing your lines, get familiar with texts   New Repertoire: SSA (will be performed with Ensemble at All-Choir Concert) For SATB songs, scroll […]
January 12, 2017

Vocalise Rehearsal #1: 1/9/17

Dear Vocalise and Bravi, It was simply wonderful to see you all at the first rehearsal and get back to our singing. The room fills up with so much energy and excitement… aren’t we lucky to have Mondays like that?! Just a month after releasing Cantabile’s first professional CD Music Down in My Soul, we begin recording the second one […]
November 17, 2016

Vocalise Rehearsal #11 11/14/16

Dear Vocalise, Thank you for a wonderful rehearsal this Monday. We, your instructors, were moved by the resolve and the wholehearted commitment to music that you showed so sincerely last Monday night. Let’s “lift our eyes to the mountains” and keep the focus on the work we have been so passionately doing — bringing beauty, joy and healing to this […]
November 11, 2016

Vocalise Rehearsal #10 11/7/16

Dear Vocalise, Thank you for your time and focus during our Halloween rehearsal. It was great to see all of your faces and costumes! Action Items for Monday: All pieces on the program are memorized by now. Continue to deepen your memorization level. Everyone should practice with a goal in mind; with focus and deep concentration. For all songs with […]
November 4, 2016

Vocalise Rehearsal #9: 10/31/16

Dear Vocalise, Thank you for your time and focus during our Halloween rehearsal. It was great to see all of your faces and costumes! Action Items for Monday: Keep practicing EVERYTHING with a metronome. Every singer should be internalizing and memorizing the key tempi for each piece. Monterey singers: Review the three competition pieces. Practice the Pakkanen choreography alone and […]
October 28, 2016

Vocalise Rehearsal #8: 10/24/16

Dear Vocalise, Thank you for your focus, energy, and commitment at the last rehearsal! We have just over a month until our Winter Concert and just three rehearsals until our competition in Monterey. You’ve done a lot of good work, so keep it up! Just a reminder, we WILL be having a rehearsal on Halloween (spookiness TBD). Feel free to […]