January 10, 2018/Rehearsal #2

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January 10, 2018/Rehearsal #2

Dear Ensemble,

My sincere apologies for forgetting to email you last week to let you know that a blog had been posted!  Thank you to those of you who went searching the Member Only page of the website and discovered it there.  I am feeling better this week and am back in the groove for posting blogs by Friday each week.

Using the blog to guide your practice is doubly important in the next few weeks as we have two major events happening in the very near future, the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration concert on January 21 and the Four Bridges recording on February 4.

The songs for the January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration concert are listed below in order of priority for practicing.

  • Amani – don’t assume you know this just because we sang it on the December concert!  There were quite a few inaccurate notes last week, so review, review, review.
  • Come And Sing – again, double check for pitch and rhythmic accuracy, and memorize.
  • Shed a Little Light (In addition to using the vocal tracks below, watch and listen to this recording of James Taylor singing it.  Notice how the singers in the choir move their bodies while they sing and try to find that sense of rhythm in your own body as you practice.).
  • Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells – review

Equally important to practice is Four Bridges.  This is not a piece you can put off practicing until the last minute.  It requires steady, frequent practice to get it into your mind and muscles.  Plan to sing through it at least 5 times outside of rehearsal each week.


January 17, 2018 – regular rehearsal and rehearsal with FCC adult and bell choirs

  • Ensemble A 4:30-7:45 pm
  • Ensemble B/Adv. 5:00-7:45 pm

January 21, 2018 – CONCERT: Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration concert – Driving Out the Darkness

  • 2:00 pm at FCC (call-time 12:30 pm)

February 4, 2018 – Four Bridges (Montalvo Arts Center project) recording session

  • 9:00-5:30 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley – we will meet at FCC at 9:00 and take the singers by bus to Berkeley, returning for a 5:30 pick up.  Exact details coming soon.

If you ever have questions or need help with an assignment, don’t hesitate to email me at lori@cantabile.org .  Make it a great week!





Practice using your voice part track below.  Remember to practice stepping in place (beginning on your right foot), clapping and arm/fist movements at the end as you see it in this video.
High Sop 1

Low Sop 1

Sop 2


Come and Sing

Listen to this video of Cantabile singing and emulate the beautiful tall vowels, crisp consonants and pure vocal tone you hear.

Sop 1

Sop 2


Shed a Little Light

Sop 1

Sop 2 (Sop)

Sop 2 (Alto)


Remember to watch this video, sing along and move as the choir does.

Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells arr. Jeffery Ames

  1. Here is the recording of of the full performance of this song.

Soprano 1

Soprano 2 (Soprano in 2-part sections)

Soprano 2 (Alto in 2-part sections


Four Bridges

  • Take advantage of the rehearsal tracks with only the voice part recorded.  This will help you be clear about rhythms and pitch.
  • Mark you music by writing in beats, circling notes you tend to miss and making a note to yourself that helps you remember how to sing it accurately (ie, and arrow pointing up if you tend to sing the pitch too low, etc.).

Letter M – Sop 1

Letter M – Sop 2 (Sop)

Letter M – Sop 2 (Alto)

Letter M – Alto

First Quintuplet (small group only)

Other Quintuplets (small group only)

SoundCloud Clips

Sophie and Riley… in case you missed them last week!

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