Friday, October 12th: Cantate Domino (mm.1-53)
While this piece is pretty easy to perform, it defiantly presented some challenges for a young conductor. For things that I thought worked well for me, I knew the music very well. I feel that I acknowledged all important entrances for the voice parts and gave appropriate cues. I also feel that I lightened up my facial expressions a little more since the last time I conducted which is a good change. My leg movement seemed a little better so that I something I am still working one.
However, there were some things that I did not expect and want to happen. First off, I had an issue with communicating with the accompanist. Honestly, I didn't even think about having to talk to my accompanist so when I got up there, we were unable to communicate clearly. I will for sure have to fix that for next time. Also, I had some issues with conducting in 2. I constantly feel that I should be showing more so I added in unnecessary motions which only confused me and the ensemble. As Andrew mentioned, I need to get used to the smooth, effortless motion. It is just something I will have to get more used to. I have a question for Dr. Mehaffey and Andrew: Are there times where you can go between a four and two pattern if there is a part in the music that you need to show certain cut-offs? For example, I found mm.39-46 rather difficult to conduct in 2. I was hoping you would have some ideas to fix this. Thanks everyone!