Dear Intermediate Singers,
Great rehearsal this week, Intermediate! However, the number of singers who practiced in the two weeks between rehearsals over the break was TOO FEW! To those of you who did practice: congratulations! You are exhibiting the discipline of a true performing artist. Here are a few important concepts to keep in mind this week:
If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
To guide you in your practice this week, below you will find:
TRIVIA QUESTION: WHICH SONG SHOULD BE MEMORIZED BY NEXT WEEK, MARCH 8TH?
Breathing meditation, standing position and a Yoga flow
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
Mind and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
…is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity. Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too.
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Our first yoga flow…
Singers and musicians of any kind, athletes of all types, and creative people all over the world have long recognized the power, benefits and joy of yoga. Mindful, fluid movement through yogic poses — a flow — is one of the greatest ways to re-align your body with your mind, to feel calm, joyful and energetic. We will spend about 5 min at each rehearsal practicing different poses — monkeys, pigeons, roosters, green dragons, cats, cows, dogs and sphinxes!
Flow #1 (Forward bend/monkey/chair)
A-alignment B-breath C-concentration
Each practice session, take a few minutes to vocalise before you sing. The purpose of these exercises is not merely to warm the voice up, although that is important, but they also develop habits and muscle memory for good vocal technique. Regular practice of them will make you a better, stronger singer.
Menina Me Da Sua Mao
MUST BE MEMORIZED BY NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH!
Who sings what: Think of yourselves in a 2-part split for most of this song, and sing the Soprano and Alto lines. In ms. 28-36, those of you who sing Sop2 in a 3-part split should sing the top note on the Alto staff, and in ms. 57, you should sing the bottom note on the Soprano staff. Use the Sop2 rehearsal track for those measures.
Rosa Amarela, arr. Daniel Afonso
Who sings what: Think of yourselves in a 2-part split. Sopranos follow the top line
Practice the music on a neutral syllable (doo, da, la, etc.). Also practice speaking the Portuguese one word at a time and in rhythm. When you are fairly confident on the notes and the words separately, put them together and sing on words.
Soprano – at the beginning, if you can’t whistle, practice the first few measures on “loo.”
Cangoma, arr. Lon Beery and Elisa Dekaney
Who sings what: Think of yourselves in a 2-part split. Sopranos follow the Sop1 line all the way through the song. Notice that at ms. 71, you do not sing the very top line (where it says “Optional Descant”). From there to the end, you sing the top note on the second staff down. Altos, when it splits to SA at ms. 21, sing the Alto part. When it splits to SSA at ms. 37, sing the Sop2 line (the lower note on the top staff).
Two Brazilian Folk Songs, arr. Lon Beery and Elisa Dekaney
Who sings what: In this music, the voice parts are called Part I, II and III. We will only sing Parts I and II, which are equal to Soprano and Alto. Therefore, think of yourselves in a 2-part split and sing Part I if you’re a Soprano and Part II if you’re an Alto.
Book 3, p. 31-32
Voice Part Assignments
Soprano – Aarohi, Addie, Aidan, Amiya, Anika, Anthony,Chloe, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Kasmira, Montana, Nika, Pascal, Raghav, Rhea, Sara W., Sarah R., Kitty, Sophie, Sunayna
Alto – Asha, Ashwin, Ava, Elisabeth, Millie, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, May, Maya, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan, Vivana
Soprano 1 – Aarohi, Addie, Amiya, Anika, Anthony, Claire, Daniel, Elli, Irene, Kaitlyn, Montana, Pascal, Sara W., Sarah R., Sunayna
Soprano 2 – Aidan, Asha, Chloe, Millie, Kasmira, May, Maya, Nika, Raghav, Rhea, Kitty, Sophie, Vivana
Alto – Ashwin, Elisabeth, Emily, Gabriel, Jacob, Julian, Kahaan, Kayla, Kiara, Naveli, Ruth, Sarah C., Stefan
Trivia Answer: Menina Me Da Sua Mao!
Cantabile Festival for Young Voices 2018 Guest Conductor:
Dr. Daniel Afonso
Daniel R. Afonso, Jr. is professor of music and Coordinator of Vocal and Choral Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. He received a degree in Educação Artística from the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Afonso is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has studied conducting with Carlos Alberto Figueiredo, Cees Rotteveel, Eph Ehly, and William Hatcher.
Dr. Afonso has performed with choral groups in Brazil, U.S., and Europe, and has previously taught music at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), and Doane College (Nebraska). He was the winner of the First Prize and the Best Performance of Villa-Lobos Work awards at the Concurso Villa-Lobos de Canto Coral, a national choral competition sponsored by the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Afonso is strongly committed to the performance of new music and has commissioned and premiered many choral works in the last few years, including several of his own works and works by young composition students.
He is the founding director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and, since 2001, has prepared several choral masterworks with the ensemble. He often serves as a guest conductor with the Modesto Symphony and frequently conducts the orchestra and chorus in performances.
Dr. Afonso is a composer, arranger, and editor of choral music and has choral works published by earthsongs, Colla Voce, and Alliance Music Publications. He was composer-in-residence with the San Francisco Choral Artists during their 2014-2015 season and has also written works for the Los Angeles Children’s Choir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and other ensembles in the US and abroad. He has written innumerous arrangements for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, including a new version of The Star-Spangled Banner for orchestra and chorus, premiered at the MSO opening concert for the 2015-16 season. Dr. Afonso is widely recognized for his research and performance of Brazilian choral music and continues to frequently present workshops and lectures about the Latin American choral repertoire—he most recently presented a series of lectures and conducting masterclasses at the Liszt Academy, in Budapest.
He is very active as a voice instructor, clinician, and guest conductor, and has presented hundreds of choral workshops, clinics, and coaching sessions throughout the United States and abroad. His professional affiliations include the Ordem dos Músicos do Brasil, the International Federation for Choral Music, and the American Choral Directors Association.