Greetings, Intermediate Singers!
Thank you so much for what sounds like a wonderfully productive rehearsal. I was very sad to be sick and to miss my time with all of you, but I know you were in very capable hands with Jazmine and Matthew and that great progress was made. Please keep up the good work, and a big thanks to Jazmine for subbing in my absence. I was singing with you in spirit!
Save the Date: Thursday September 29th Masterclass with Jace Wittig
Parents are welcome to sit in on this special opportunity for the singers of Intermediate Chorus to perform and receive expert instruction from a superb musician and performer. The Masterclass portion of our rehearsal will take place from 6:15-7:15, during which time the singers will perform and work on 1-2 selections from their current repertoire. Please join us!
Trivia Question: What is the direct translation for the name of our very fun Israeli dance, Yesh Lanu Tayish?
Action Items for this Week:
- Continue to review the two canons we have recently worked on: Dona Nobis Pacem and Now I Walk in Beauty, along with the movements which tie in so well with the phrasing of the music, also our newest one with movements, O How Lovely.
Bist du bei mir – great work this week!
- Please continue to review the pronunciation for Bist du bei mir with the help of this recording:
- And also listento Bist du bei mir whilst following along in your score. Clap and count the rhythm as you go, in particular the second half of the song. Remember it is in ¾ (think 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3) and switch it up by performing the 3 rhythm block (clap, chest, chest) while counting.
- Start to MEMORIZE – you are singing this for Jace!
The Moon – great job on this one, too!
- Continue to listen to this song, and taking note of your part. Tricky sections to watch for are 18-23, 43-48, 53-end.
- Watch for all the whole notes in the song – circle them in your score and sing them as you perform the 4 rhythm clock (clap, chest, chest, pat)
- Start to MEMORIZE- you are singing this for Jace!
- Continue to review while following along in your score. Pay attention to your vowels, keeping them slimmer and taller, rather than “wide and smiley,” and always feel your breath carrying the vowels on an exhalation. Feel your ribcage expand and release between phrases in order to master these long legato lines. Speak the text of this poem by Christina Rosetti, and take special care with crisp, ending consonants. Sing the opening motif “mi-re-mi-fa-sol-la-sol” and find how many times it comes back in the music.
- Continue to listen whilst following along in your score, and listen for the two vocal parts 1 and 2. Please take note of the Hebrew pronunciation – this is based upon Psalm 98, and means “Sing!”
Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow
- Sing the opening phrases while doing the 6 rhythm bock body percussion. Listen to the attached recording of either 1 or 2.
- Part One
- Part Two
- For those of you who have not yet done so, please print, complete and bring back the attached All About Me sheet for our next rehearsal. It will be great fun to share these with one another in the coming weeks!
- Review our Rhythm Block Body Warm-up, and watch the fabulous Keith Terry reviewing it in slow motion.
Excellent work reading and performing the Vocal Drumkit! You also studied the Rhythm Pyramid and wrote one out to keep in your binders. Good work reviewing the C major scale, and sight-singing La Cloche and Clocks and Watches. This week, singers working out of Book 1 should complete pages 13-16, and singers working out of Book 2 should complete pages 7-8. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday. Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK MATTHEW!
Excellent work reading and performing the Vocal Drumkit! You also reviewed ledger line notes and applied this to a worksheet. Nice work reviewing the half-steps and whole steps in F major, along with its solfege and note names. You then sight-sang a mystery canon – did you guess it? This week, singers working out of Book 3 should complete pages 7-8. Please complete and give to Simon first thing when you arrive next Thursday. Please do your homework, and if you do not understand it, ASK ME!
Singers who have completed Book 3: As your third assignment on Noteflight, I would like you to do the following:
- Review the diatonic chords of G major. Also review inversions.
- Log-in to Cantabile’s Noteflight (first name and first letter of last name) with password cantabile2016
- Please take last week’s Binary Composition in G and add a second instrument line (I suggest making it piano or an instrument section, for example, “Strings”). You can do so by selecting the first measure, going to “Measure” and selecting “Add instrument.” Then select your instrument
- Add triads to, or harmonize your melody with the diatonic triads of G major (mostly using I, VI, V and vi chords). Feel free to use root, first or second inversion. Please write to me if you do not understand.
Trivia Answer: We Have a Goat!
Have a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!
Katie, Matthew, and Simon