Intermediate Blog # 10 October 26th

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Intermediate Blog # 10 October 26th

Greetings, Intermediate Singers,

Thank you for a great rehearsal last night. You stayed so focused and energized and you accomplished many important details as we get into the final stages of preparation for the Holidays with Cantabile concert. Keep up the great work, both at home, and in rehearsal!

Holidays with Cantabile Tickets Now On Sale

Please visit the Cantabile website to buy your tickets today – they are going quickly!

Call Times for the Fall Rehearsal

Please note that call times for the Fall Rehearsal on Saturday, November 4th have changed and are earlier than previously scheduled.  Your call time is 9:45 AM and you must arrive in your Cantabile Red Polo, jeans, and tennis shoes/sneakers

Please arrive in the back parking lot (off of Byron St) for check in.  A friendly reminder that the concertis scheduled for 1pm, and you will be done by 2pm.  The rehearsal and concert are held at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto: 625 Hamilton Ave.

Repertoire, Recap and Action Items

  • We became focused with our bodies and minds with Rhythm Blocks!
  • We engaged all our different vocal registers with some fun Halloween sound effects!
  • You sang a descending minor scale on the vowels OO and EE – is sounded very ghost-like and lovely in your voices!

  • You worked on expanding your range and unifying your vowels with this warm-up:

  • We sang our Halloween canon, The Ghost of Tom, for the last time this year, with some complex body percussion!

Blustery Day 

  • Last night we worked on keeping the momentum going throughout this song, without taking “mental breaks” that will slow you down in key places!
  • You worked on the crescendo in “down” and “crown,” and worked to blend your voice with others, rather than “over-singing.” Engage your body to support high, sustained notes, and think more about a beautiful sound and a tall vowel, rather than a loud sound.
  • Places you need to work on are measures 16, 17 and 27 and 68.
  • Continue to study the difference between the two notes you song for the word “wind.” Study mm. 27 and 47.
  • Also study measures 50 and 54 – “Hey blustery DAY” is consistently incorrect – the first “day” is an A, the second is an E!
  • Continue to use your body and various gestures to shape phrases during your practice, particularly for various final consonant cut-offs, and opening your arms for crescendos.
  • You are mastering the difference between 6/8 and 3/4, as well as the difference between dividing the 2 beats in each 6/8 measure into three and two. Continue to review this concept at home!
  • Listen to the mp3 while following along in your score – maintain the 6/8 vs. 3/4 beat pattern:

Unending Flame

  • Nice work singing through the whole song, and showing some nice contrast between sections.
  • Altos need to review their harmonies on pages 4-6.
  • Everyone should review the melodic material in the following measures: 65 (flame of Hanukkah),  67 (shining bright Menorah), 69 (send your glowing light), 73 (flame of Hanukkah), 75 (shining bright Menorah) and 77 (send your glowing light).
  • Please review where all the claps (DANCE SING SHOUT CLAP) take place – when you sing and when you don’t. This is on and off in measures 64-END of the song!
  • Review the scalar passages on page 6 which we worked on – mi-fah-sol-la-fah-mi and mi-fah-sol-la-ti-doh-ti-RI (raised reh or 2nd scale degree) – sing on solfege and then sing the text.
  • From measure 64, pay attention to the beats where you CLAP – they change every time, and counting is required!
  • Listen to the same recording as last night while following along with your score – take note of the instruments and their colors and how your voices will also change colors in these different sections.

Peace on earth….and lots of little crickets

  • This week, speak the text very slowly, lightly, and with precise diction. Remember what Elena said – express the language as if you were performing the song for someone who speaks NO English – how crisp would your consonants need to be, and how tall and lovely would your vowels need to be?
  • Sopranos should work on freeing the high notes with the “sumo wrestler” pose and feeling the ribcage expand and release for long, sustained phrases. Relax the jaw, and think more about a beautiful sound, rather than a loud one. This piece has soul and jazziness and will sound cool if you remember to stay cool (and calm)!
  • Continue to work on the final measures of the song, (mm. 69-end) feeling the ribs are open and supported for your high notes – release and exhale on beautiful vowels, tall and free.
  • Continue to speak the text of the song in rhythm, particularly the sections we worked last night: m. 23, m. 31, m. 66, and m. 72.
  • 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.


  • Continue to review the pronunciation:
  • Please listen to your part this week:

Part 1

Part 2

  • Continue to Listen to the full recording of Amani and take note of where the voices split into 3 parts – we will continue to study the 2 parts next week!


  • Continue to memorize this song! You are ready! When doing so, adhere to the dynamics and be sure the long sustained phrases are sung on the breath, with beautiful and pure vowel sounds!
  • Study all the repeats in the song, which are numerous, to help you understand the overall structure of the piece.
  • Continue to listen to your part:

Part 1

Part 2

Peter, Go Ringa Dem Bells

  • Please start memorizing this song for NEXT WEEK.
  • Review measures 69-85 in solfege and make sure your vocal part is solid.
  • Review the sections in 3-part harmony – mm. 91-92 and mm. 114-end of the song, recalling which part of the (vegetarian!) sandwich you sang in! Reinforce the complex rhythm by maintaining the steady beat on your body as you sing.
  • Remember not to over-sing the final consonant “L” in the word “bell.” Have a lovely, tall “eh” vowel and close into the “L” at the last possible moment, keeping it light and supported.
  • Go through your score and circle all the dynamics, and prepare to apply them to the song in the coming weeks.
  • Listen to your part:

Soprano 1

Soprano 2 (Soprano in 2-part sections)

Soprano 2 (Alto in 2-part sections


Everyone Makes Mistakes

  • We will be singing it again at the workshop on November 4th – please listen to your part!

Part 1

Part 2


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