Soprano Line Mendelssohn 9/21/07
I agree with my classmates that we're lucky to have a very friendly, safe climate to experiment. I appreciate that, despite our wide variety of conducting styles and experience, it's a heck of a lot less intimidating than it could be. The partner and small group work especially helps with that.
Conducting the soprano line of the Mendelssohn was surprisingly tricky. I understand that my goal now is to quit the loud nose snortin' and begin to take mouth breaths. I guess the tough aspect of that is that, as a singer, I have been taught to breathe a certain way; I think the sniffling was my subconscious way of wearing a different hat. There's no reason, though, that as a conductor, I can't model the same sort of ribcage-expanding breaths that I would use as a singer. I think it's just a matter of practice and habituating myself to the idea.
I also plan to work on having a lower, stable center of gravity, and ingraining the beat pattern to be second nature. I think my right hand was actually doing okay at delineating beats, but I didn't trust it! I realize more and more that a huge part of conducting and performance generally is confidence. As Tim mentioned in class, you've got to just fake it until you get it.
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