Monday, September 26, 2011

Exercise for Singers

OK, y'all know how I worship my personal trainer. Now you get to meet him in person, and he'll even put me through a few paces for your amusement. His presentation will focus on why exercise is important for singers, and what things to do (and avoid) to get yourself into shape. Be there: Monday, October 3 from 3-4 in the Choral Room. Check the blog for Diction class times with Dr. Cho!

A wonderful journal

Folks, Callie's journal was reflective of a great shift for her this week. She practiced very thoughtfully and carefully, since she couldn't sing too much due to a sore throat. The progress she made on her piece (her very first one in French) was demonstrable, and I thought it would be useful to share with all of you her journal for the week. This might help all of you re-evaluate how you use your practice time. Thanks, Callie, for allowing me to share it. And brava on your wonderful work!
I think the most interesting part of my warm up in the video was the ‘Ha ah le loo oo oo ooo ooo oo oo jah’ exercise. Hearing the difference between when my voice was flipping up to the higher oo’s versus when I was thinking more legato. The sound was just all together bigger, and it surprised me how differently it sounded, because at first the higher oo’s were actually softer and less full.
I’ve noticed in my practice that the sections of the music I have the most difficulty with are the sections that have continuous eighth notes. I’ve been working on my rhythm with them, because for some reason I always want to hold some out longer than others. Normally the third one, I try to hold out longer. It’s also at those places that I accidentally slow down during practice, because I am trying to fit in the words where they should be, and getting used to tying certain words together as they should be.
I finally found some videos on Mai on YouTube by typing in Hahn, and I think it’s interesting because I was working on text this week, and it sounds to me as if this girl is singing it incorrectly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tljIZBmUMU It sounds like a lot of her vowels are different than what I’ve been learning
I worked slowly at first just listening to the recording of how to pronounce the words, and going over them in my head. I then spoke through the text, and then spoke through it on rhythm. and then sang through it slowly at first. The first page came easiest, and the text got harder for me on the second page, I had to slow down even more until I could pick up the speed and keep it even. I also realized while doing this, that the reason I was having difficulty with the rhythm in measures 9 and 10 was probably because I knew something was wrong. I was not singing the Bb to Db correctly and so my intervals were off until I heard Ksusha double it in the piano.
Another part that has been more difficult for me is on the last page ‘y trouve parmi ses douleurs’. I can clap and count the rhythm fine, but for some reason when I am singing it I have been wanting to hold out the Db on ‘parmi’ instead of the Bb on ‘ses’ which is the actual dotted eighth note that should be being held out, and then that throws off my ability to get the words right. So I worked on correcting that, because every time it happened out of habit, or if I wasn’t paying attention to it, I would sit down and sing through it correctly a few times.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Performance Class changes: Sept. 30

Every voice student is required to attend performance class every Friday at noon. We'll meet as a large group in Hulsey Recital Hall (HRH) each week, except on days otherwise noted. The schedule is:
August 19: everyone in HRH
August 26: poetry day
September, every Friday except Sept. 30: HRH
September 30: library meeting in Seminar Room 163
October 7: all in HRH
October 14: fall break; no class
October 21: Voice Studio Recital dress rehearsal
Sunday, October 23: Voice Studio Recital, 3pm (HRH)
October 28: all in HRH
November 4: all in HRH
November 11: all in HRH
November 18: all in HRH
November 25: Thanksgiving break
December 2: last performance class before juries (HRH)
Juries: December 9

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday recital canceled

Sunday's recital with our East Carolina friends has been canceled, as has the master class on Monday. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date, possibly in the spring.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Janet Hopkins returns to UAB

Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano with the MET for the past 16 years, is returning to UAB for a master class on Monday November 28, 3-5pm. Read about her performing and teaching here. Like last time, she will be available for voice lessons at a reduced rate of $50 on Monday, November 28 before 2pm and part of Tuesday the 29th. She is brought to you courtesy of SNATS at UAB. If you would like to sing in the master class, let me know. Priority goes to those who helped with the SNATS bake sale: there will be another one next month if you'd like to jump on the bandwagon!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SNATS bake sale today

Invite your friends and spread the word: today is our bake sale outside the Humanities building at UAB. Come support the folks that bring master clinicians to everyone in the voice area: the work they do benefits everyone. Mangia, mangia!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Funding forms due Friday

Our funding request for the spring is due Friday. What would you like to do this spring? We're having Dr. Hiester, the tenor I mentioned, come in the spring, but have other options in addition to that. Post here with your requests so Hillary knows what you want! Thanks.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Diction with Dr. Cho

The first Diction workshop will be Wednesday, September 7 from 3-4 in the Choral Room. Be there! In the meantime, have a great holiday weekend.

Jury sheets available

Hi folks, I have your jury sheets, and am happy to go over them with you. Though many of you may already be gone, I am here for the next t...