HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!
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Thank you for all you do in this community. Your contribution to music is incredibly appreciated!!!
The basic training of every singer should, of course, include myriad types of practical and theoretical emphases. One important area which is often neglected, however, is the art of one-upmanship. The following rules are intended as guides to the development of habits which will promote the proper type of relationship between singer and conductor.
1. Never be satisfied with the starting pitch. If the conductor uses a pitch-pipe, make known your preference for pitches from the piano and vice-versa.
2. Complain about the temperature of the rehearsal room, the lighting, crowded space, and of a draft. It’s best to do this when the conductor is under pressure.
3. Bury your head in the music just before cues.
4. Ask for a re-audition or seating change. Ask often. Give the impression you’re about to quit. Let the conductor know you’re there as a personal favour.
5. Loudly clear your throat during pauses (tenors are trained to do this from birth). Quiet instrumental interludes are a good chance to blow your nose.
6. Long after a passage has gone by, ask the conductor if your C# was in tune. This is especially effective if you had no C# or were not singing at the time.
7. At dramatic moments in the music (which the conductor is emoting), be busy marking your music so that the climaxes will sound empty and disappointing.
8. Wait until well into a rehearsal before letting the conductor know that you don’t have the music.
9. Look at your watch frequently. Shake it in disbelief occasionally.
10. When possible, sing your part either an octave above or below what is written. This is excellent ear-training for the conductor. If he hears the pitch, deny it vehemently and claim that it must have been the combination tone.
11. Tell the conductor, “I can’t find the beat.” Conductors are always sensitive about their “stick technique” so challenge it frequently.
12. If you are singing in a language with which the conductor is the least bit unfamiliar, ask her as many questions as possible about the meaning of individual words. If this fails, ask her about the pronunciation of the most difficult words. Occasionally, say the word twice and ask her preference, making to say it exactly the same both times. If she remarks on their similarity, give her a look of utter disdain and mumble under your breath about the “subtleties of inflection”.
13. Ask the conductor if he has listened to the von Karajan recording of the piece. Imply that he could learn a thing or two from it. Also good: ask, “Is this the first time you’ve conducted this piece?”
14. If your articulation differs from that of others singing the same phrase, stick to your guns. Do not ask the conductor which is correct until backstage just before the concert.
15. Find an excuse to leave the rehearsal about 15 minutes early so that others will become restless and start to fidget.
Make every effort to take the attention away from the podium and put it on you, where it belongs!
Make sure to keep your website current, especially your “Events” page. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen outdated material that a website could do without. If you want your family, friends, fans, etc to keep coming to your shows, keep them in the loop. Although social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc is very relevant, remember that your group’s website is the most valuable representation you have on the internet. Don’t blow it!
The all female a cappella group at FSU, the AcaBelles, is producing another album and need a little bit of help to do it! It would mean a lot to me if you could check out this video and consider donating even a dollar to our cause, as I happen to be one of the members… and we need that one dollar! :D
Even if you don’t donate…please reblog this to your friends and family who would be interested. Who knows…maybe your brother’s cousin LOVES a cappella!
Inspired by The Single Singers from LACF 2012, The PickUps are a hodgepodge group of rogue a cappella singers who are, for one night only, abandoning their groups and joining forces to perform at an a cappella festival near you. This was the inaugural class at LA-AF this past weekend.
North Carolina State Acappology - Bittersweet Symphony/Ridin’ Solo
OPB: The Verve/Jason DeRulo
One of the sickest A Cappella mashups I’ve heard in a while!!!
This has little to do with Florida but….
Last year I went to ICCA South Semis and saw NCSU’s Acappology perform. I thought they were very good, but they just keep impressing me more and more. this is awesome. They are doing really great things and I’m excited to see what else they come up with. A cappella is awesome, no matter where it’s from!297 plays