Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Opera this week


3:30-4 FLUTE Du feines Täubchen (in English): Michael, Ashley, Hunter
4-4:30 Bastien and Bastienne (in English): finish able to sing any of it!
4:35-5:15 FLUTE "Hm! Hm! Hm!" all

I've said before and I'll say it again: rehearsal is NOT for banging notes. Learn them before you come, and don't waste anyone else's time. This week, anyone who is unprepared will be sent away and the weekly grade will reflect your preparation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Opera preparation


I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but it seems necessary.

If you are not note-perfect in your coaching session, your final grade will suffer. Sessions with me and Dr. Steele are NOT for teaching notes; they are for making music and building ensemble. This is why you are only called a few minutes per week: the understanding is that you are using the time you are NOT called to learn your music.

Remember also that each time you are unprepared, you pull down those who are prepared. You are not only wasting my time, you are wasting theirs. Get together BEFORE you are called to rehearsal to get solid on your notes.

Thoughts on that, as well: working together before working with me shouldn't mean that your friends teach you the notes. You do that yourself before meeting with anyone else. Please do not expect someone else to pull you along out of the goodness of his or her heart. That's neither kind nor fair. I know you are all good, caring people, so bear in mind that your actions affect others.

Several of you are already teetering on the B range for the semester, and it's only the fourth week of class. This is based on your [lack of] preparation. There is no "extra credit" or "making it up later." Be sure your grade doesn't fall lower by continuing to hold up the process.

Those of you who have been prepared have been told; those of you who have not been prepared have been warned, in some cases repeatedly. You know who you are; fix it if you must.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Field trip to the gym

As some of you have requested, this week we'll make a field trip to the gym. I'll be there on Saturday at 12:30 if you'd like to join me. No harm, no foul if you can't: just come if you want. I can get you started, show you around, etc. We may also do another time later this month.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Opera rehearsals


A friendly reminder that your syllabus indicates that, in your first rehearsal, your music must be note-perfect. Most of you were not there, which means there is work to be done outside of class. We are not even adding text yet, unless your scene is in English. Additionally, I have started every rehearsal under tempo, and given you the tempi we are aiming for as a courtesy. Note-perfect is not an unachievable goal when the composer is Mozart.

Be sure you are doing the work you need to do to be truly musically prepared. Work slowly and carefully, and sing what is on the page. It's fine to listen to your scene online to get a sense of how it goes, but if you haven't done the grunt work under tempo, you're not going to find that you are prepared enough in your coaching.

Remember also that your scene must be translated if we are performing in a foreign language. That does NOT mean relying on the English version in your score--those are "poetic" and rarely accurate. Use the translation books in the library. Translate everyone's part in your scene: you need to know what everyone is saying so that you can react appropriately.

I gave the handout "How to prepare a role" early in the first week. If you need another because you added the class late, let me know or copy it from someone else. 

Everyone gets another shot. Step it up! If you have any questions or concerns, please ask. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Opera schedule: slight change

The remaining music has been on my door for several days. Please pick it up.

Following is the schedule. Arrive early, warmed up, and prepared. If your music is in a foreign language, singing it on a neutral syllable is fine. We'll do text together.

Please note: MUSICAL REHEARSALS THIS WEEK AND NEXT WILL BE IN MY OFFICE. Class on February 2 will be in HRH. 

3:30-3:50 Rae and Briana "Via resti servita"
3:50-4:25 Cindy and Maria (arias only)
4:30-4:50 Hunter and Mallory "Papagena" duet (in English)
4:50-5 Michael aria (without text)
5-5:15 Siobhan and Mallory duet (on a neutral syllable: we'll do text together)

3:30-4 Toure and Ashley " a caso"
4-4:35 Bastien duets: Austin and Siobhan
4:35-5 Beau and Maria "Signor...crudel!"
5-5:15 Michael, Ashley, Hunter "Du feines Täubchen"

Tuesday 2/2
No singing for this half hour: all called 3:30-4 (we should be in HRH for this)
4-5:15 in KHW studio for diction coachings and musical rehearsals:
4-4:25 Austin and Siobhan: finish your scenes musically
4:30-5 Toure and Ashley: diction only (no Dr. Steele)
N.B. we'll end at 5pm: Cindy is sick!

Thursday 2/4
3:30-3:50 "Hm! Hm! Hm!" Quintet
3:50-4:10 "Signor...Crudel!" Beau and Maria
4:10-4:25 Cindy, Maria, and Macy (diction: recitative only)
4:30-4:50 "Via resti servita" Rae and Briana (add text, under tempo with Dr. Steele)
4:50-5:15 "Aprite" Siobhan and Mallory (add text, under tempo with Dr. Steele)

Tuesday, 2/9
All called (HRH): Alexander Technique with Jim Brody: learn about his Wellness Program here

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Speaking of syllabi...

...I encourage all of my students, in voice or in opera, to review the syllabus with regard to my attendance policy. It would also be advised to review excused vs. unexcused absences.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Syllabi hard copies available


Thanks for our meeting today, which I know was a busy one for you. The copier is finally fixed, and I have hard copies of the syllabus should you like one. If not, you know they are always available here.

Looking forward to your concert tonight. I'll be in the audience, cheering you on!