Happy March, Avanti!  Spring is on its way, and here at Cantabile, music is in the air!  The Silver Jubilee Gala is this Saturday and our spring concerts are fast approaching.  Take some time this week to stop and notice the emerging beauty around you. Like morning, or even youth itself, it is here only for a while, then gives way to something else… 


Action Items

SRF: Complete this week’s assignment.

Will There Really Be A “Morning”? and Like A Singing Bird: Avanti, beautiful job overall with your memorization!  Now it is time to “drill down” as they say, and do the polish work they deserve.  If you sang ANY wrong notes, rhythms or lyrics within these two pieces on Wednesday, you must identify and ISOLATE!  

Musicianship:  Avanti A – Complete the jump around assignment detailed below. 

Messe Breve:  Kyrie and Gloria should be memorized.  They will have a MEMORY CHECK March 18th.  Be working on Sanctus and Agnus Dei.

El Cielo:  Maria and Ana have made us new pronunciation tracks; please use these excellent recordings to really polish your pronunciation!  

Ol Time Religion:  We will need to do some good work on this one next week – please listen to the provided recording and make sure you are prepared with notes and rhythms. 

Songs For The People:  Using the provided recordings, learn your notes and rhythms up through page 5.

Avanti Gala Singers Only: I’ve posted a video for review of Ease On Down The Road choreo to Youtube.  The link is in a separate email.   If there is time, Jace will do the same with Side By Side.  If not, don’t worry – you will have time to review the choreo at the venue.  The most important thing is to make sure your outfit is ready to go and you are all set to bring your best performing energy to the event!  Also; please look below for a note to you from Jace!


Ideas and References

Nothing Gold Can Stay


Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

I was struck this week by how much Will There Really Be A “Morning”? reminded me of “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, by Robert Frost.  People have long observed that which is most beautiful seems transitory or fleeting.  I suppose there could be a profound sadness within this observation, except for that while Morning is temporary, and while Gold cannot stay, they both will return again, perhaps in the very literal form of a new day, or perhaps in a more figurative sense; a new adventure, or a new chapter in one’s life.  

What is new and Gold in your life?  

When we are very young, our life is filled with new, with “firsts”.  As we grow up and grow older, newness is more rare, but also perhaps all the more treasured.  Maybe as artists, if we can make room in our hearts for an ever-present Morning, for a Gold that stays, whatever our age, we can help to light a path for our listeners.  Maybe that answers the question; where does morning lie? 


Avanti A:  Using the handout, practice the D minor “jump around”!  See if you can manage 1-12!

Avanti B:  One more week off.  Focus on Gala music and Choreo.


Copy and paste this link for Ol Time Religion:

El Cielo pronunciation recordings.


La une el amor


Sop 1, mm.9-16

Sop 1, mm. 54-60

Sop 1, mm. 30-37


A Note to you from Jace:

Dear Avanti B singers:

I want to add my thanks to Andy’s and Elena’s — I was so impressed with the contribution you made at last night’s rehearsal and the way you blended in. My apologies that most of you did not yet have this music… I had no idea. I’m sure you can learn it quickly, as it’s very repetitive. 

We are happy to have you singing along with us at the Gala!


Jace Wittig


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Avanti Blog #6, February 12th, 2020

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Vocalise Blog: February 3 – 6, 2020

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Avanti Blog #5, February 5th, 2020

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Avanti Blog #4, January 29th, 2020

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Avanti Blog #3, January 22, 2020

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