Intermediate Chorus Blog # 2 August 31st

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Intermediate Chorus Blog # 2 August 31st

Greetings, Intermediate Singers!

Thank you for a lovely rehearsal on Thursday. In spite of the sweltering heat, you accomplished so much and stayed focused and energized – we are off to a great start! Keep up the great work!

Trivia Question: Below is a video of the song Blustery Day. What is the name of the choir performing the song? Watch it, and tell me on Thursday!

Reminders and Information:

  • Thursday 9/146:15-7:30 PM is the Mandatory Parent Orientation for Intermediate Chorus at our usual rehearsal space in FCC. All parents should plan to attend this important informational meeting!
  • ACDA Honor Choir: The American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference is being held in Pasadena, March 14-17, 2018.  Cantabile Singers in grades 6-12 can audition for several honor choirs to be held during the conference.  These honor choirs are “mountain-top” experiences for young singers, conducted by leading choral conductors from around the country.  The audition deadline is October 13th, so act quickly!  More information and links to the ACDA Western Division website here: National Honor Choir Auditions 2018

Action Items

Peter Go Ring-A Dem Bells

  • Sing the F major scale, adding in the flat 3rd (a-flat, or me) and flat 7 (e-flat or teh/tah) – do you remember where those notes occur in the song?
  • Review your part, which often appears in Call and Response.
  • Please take note of these sections, which are similar, and easy to confuse with one another: mm 27-34 and mm. mm. 44- 52.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score, taking note of the final fast section, which we did not begin on Thursday.
  • Extend your listening by stepping to the beat of the four different tempos, which occur on pages 2,4,10 and 12.


  • Continue to feel the long phrases which we created with the bouncing ball – use tall and beautiful vowel shapes for all the sustained notes, particularly a beautiful [u] vowel or “oooh” on the word “Arruru”.
  • Study all the repeats in the song, which are numerous, to help you understand the overall structure of the piece.
  • Listen to Parts 1 and 2 and learn your part for our next rehearsal:

Part 1

Part 2

Blustery Day

  • Please take note of the pitches in measure 51 “what do you say?” Note the difference in measure 55, which has the same text but different pitch material.
  • Take note of ending consonants and work on enunciating them: The final “t” in “retreat,” “d” in “wind,” “t” in “hat,” and “k” in “back.”
  • Practice alternating between 6/8 and 3/4 using the body percussion patterns. Remember, you are alternating between 2 and 3!
  • Speak the text like a poem.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score.

Peace on earth….and lots of little crickets

  • Keep a 4-beat pattern on your body, and sing through the entire song, very slowly, working on clear, crisp, enunciation and making it as rhythmic as possible.
  • Watch and listen to the song, while following along in your score.
  • Part 2, review your harmonies starting in measure 57.
  • Part 1, take note of your harmonies which begin in measure 47.


Part Allocations

Part 1: Kahaan, Sarah R., Asha, Anika, Sarah C., Sunayna, Adelaide, Kasmira, Ellie, Katelyn, Nika, Alison, Ashwin, Sara W., Josie, Pascal, Sophie, Kitty, Montana

Part 2: Julian, Naveli, Aiden, Kayla, Claire, Emily, Maya, Gabriel, Vivana, Arun, Elisabeth, Jacob, May, Millie, Stefan, Kiara, Anthony, Raghav, Claire

Please recall:

  • Vowel Shapes: Oooh, Oh, Ahh, Eh Eeeh, and the motions we made to emphasize the shape of the vowel and how it’s produced. Always release and breathe between phrases!
  • Tell Me About the Stars in Space – listen for the flat 7th, which we have in many of our songs!

  • Sing-EE-Sing-EH-Sing-AH: Be sure to engage the back of the tongue to create the “ng” sound and to also create more space for a resonant sound!
  • Review all our movement-based activities: Zacody Cody, Gimme 1,2,3, Pata Pata, from South Africa, and Yonder Come Day


Musicianship A Assignment

  • Singers who are starting Book 1 should complete pages 5-8
  • Singers who are halfway through Book 1 should complete pages 23-24
  • Singers in Book 2 should complete pages 3-4

Musicianship B Assignment

  • Please complete pages 3-4
  • Write in the solfege for Sweetly the Nightingale, referring to the B-flat Major Scale.

Advanced Intermediate Assignment

  • Please complete the triad and minor triad worksheets handed out in class this week.
  • Stay tuned for an invitation to Noteflight, our online composition site which will allow you to create all sorts of wonderful music compositions!
  • Write in the solfege for Sweetly the Nightingale, referring to the B-flat Major Scale.

Have a lovely weekend, stay cool and swim if you can!

See you next week.



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