Great discussion today during class and a fine rehearsal also.
A few reflections:
1. Learning what we've already learned. Don't be discouraged at having to relearn things that we learned the last time. It happens with every piece that we work on. It will help if you NOTATE the changes that we make in the music and STUDY outside of class, of course. However, it happens with every piece of music in every choir, and we get better every time. Overall, I'm very pleased with our progress.
2. We made excellent music on ITYJ today. The things we put back in place: singing softer, exploiting rhythmic differences in Alto, Tenor, Bass.
3. Mate Saule: finding our loud voices for the ending was spectacular.
4. Daring to be the best. To win you must risk. To risk you must have confidence. Confidence comes from "flipping a switch inside" and preparing ahead of time. Get your head on right, everyone: I want to win.
There is an aggressiveness that we need to find in the next couple of rehearsals--a commitment to passion and "putting it out there". Let's find it tomorrow.