Consonants + Singing: Part 1
There are 21 consonant sounds in the English language, and they are defined as “speech sounds that are articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract”. Now just a minute….Closure of the vocal tract? Let's understand how they are produced then look at how they can improve and/or enhance our singing.
Cantala Concert 2017: In the Bleak Midwinter
I've recently discovered a lesser-known work by Britten, A Boy is Born; a very demanding unaccompanied choral work for mixed choir. But lucky for us, the 5th movement In The Bleak Midwinter, is only for treble voices and Cantala is set to perform it in concert on December 9th, 2017, Toronto.
Fall 2017 Cantala Repertoire
The winter concert will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the beautiful space of St. Anne’s Anglican Church located at 270 Gladstone Ave, Toronto. We will be preparing 47 minutes of music starting on Monday August 28th, 2017 at Forest Hill United Church from 645-845pm.
Warming up the choir
Everyone seems to come to choir exhausted. It’s the end of their work day and while I know they are looking forward to creating music, their sense of listening and often also their vocal apparatus are fatigued. They are ready for the couch and some tv, but you are asking them to get up, smile and sparkle. Warming up the choir is an important transition from tired work day to musical brilliance.
7 Tips for Effective Practise
In Cantala practising the music at home between rehearsals in not only expected, but keeps you up with the pace of learning in the choir and increases your own musical enjoyment. So how does one rehearse on their own? Here are my tips for successfully learning the music at home.