Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 9 October 19th

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Intermediate Rehearsal Blog # 9 October 19th

Greetings, Intermediate Chorus,

I hope you had a productive and fun rehearsal with Lori on Thursday. I apologize for what was my last absence of the term – I was with you in spirit!

Trivia Question: What kind of bells will be played in the concert while you sing Peter Go Ringa Dem Bells?

Reminder of Rehearsal Habits

Guess what? Do you know there are only4 regular rehearsals left before our Holidays With Cantabile Dress Rehearsal? If that seems like a small number, you’re right – it is! 4 rehearsals means we all have to bring our best voices and best attitudes to rehearsal each week, so you can successfully learn your music, and have a wonderful concert to share with family and friends. Some basic reminders about rehearsal etiquette:

  1. Raise your hand to speak
  2. Keep your eyes on the conductor
  3. Be an active, positive, and focused participant
  4. Follow all instructions
  5. Be respectful – of everyone!

If we can all remember these simple agreements, we will have a stunning performance and many fun rehearsals ahead! In the words of Hans Christian Anderson:

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

In essence, talking is often just noise, but music SPEAKS. Let’s remember to speak this universal language of music from now on and leave talking and murmuring at the door. Thank you for taking thIs seriously!

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 concert is 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 had several different leaders for Gimme 1 2 3!
  • We reviewed a new warm-up for creating space and tall vowels:

  • We did a favorite warm-up from years past that still make your voices sound beautiful!

  • We reviewed our fun body percussion pattern to accompany the spooky and beloved minor canon, Ghost of Tom – it sounded lovely in 3-part harmony!

Unending Flame

  • You reviewed p. 6-7, then sang from beginning.
  • You worked the 2nd half of the piece, paying attention to when NOT to sing the word “clap” and working on the melody in ms. 73 & 75.
  • You also worked on the order of words in the last 5 measures – they go so fast! Keep studying this at home.
  • 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 parts while following along with your score, and review your part!

Part 1

Part 2

Peter, Go Ringa Dem Bells

  • You reviewed the soprano part in the A section. Continue to review the first section of the song  – feel confident, and know you can sing it!
  • You sang through first half of the song, then went back and worked on phrase shaping with the expand-a-ball and talked about the meaning of the words and worked on expressing that on faces while singing
  • 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



  • You worked Sop 1 & 2 parts separately, then together, throughout piece – nice work! Please listen to your part this week:

Part 1

Part 2


  • 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

Everyone Makes Mistakes

  • I hope you had fun singing this with your parents! We will be singing it again at the workshop on November 4th – please listen to your part!

Part 1

Part 2


Musicianship A Assignment

  • Singers who are complete Book 1 should complete pages 33-36
  • Singers halfway through Book 1 should complete pages 36-37
  • Singers in Book 2 should complete pages 17-18

Musicianship B

  • Please complete page 17-18 in Book III.

Advanced Musicianship

  • In preparation for your end of Term Exam, please review your major key signatures with the help of this worksheet.
  • Noteflight: New composers should continue to watch these tutorials: Noteflight Tutorial One, and Noteflight Tutorial Two.  Please look at past Noteflight assignments from previous blogs and complete them. For those of you already working on compositions, please check the site for comments on your pieces!

Trivia Answer: Handbells!

Have a great weekend!



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