Friday, September 21st: Mendelssohn Soprano
Overall I was very pleased with my conducting for the soprano line of the Mendelssohn. I felt that had a strong grasp on the legato 3/4 pattern. It felt very connected and I believe I was using my entire arm with shoulder because I did not get tired at all. I was pretty surprised how independent my left arm was and I think I was able to shape a lot of the sounds. There was defiantly an emotional connection to the piece and I felt that I was connected to the group and exhibited good eye contact throughout.
While I breathed on almost every entrance, it was pointed out that I need to take the appropriate breath for the kind of sound I want to create. I also need to release that breath. I focus so strongly on breathing with the group that I forget to exhale and the sound of the group then suffers. I also need pay attention to my stance. It was addressed that I need to establish a well grounded position before I begin conducting. Then I will be able to have a more solid foundation which will allow me to move around a little bit more throughout the piece. Finally, I really need to work on not trying to make things perfect. I am a Type A person and this is something that I will need to acknowledge while conducting. Music is not supposed to be "perfect".
Thank you to my group and Professor Mehaffey for their great feedback!