Friday, September 28: Mendelssohn Sop/Bass
I felt very prepared for this conducting lab and I think it could be seen through my conducting. I was able to get the sound that I wanted (rich and sustained) from the ensemble which was very encouraging. As Andrew mentioned, I did get a much different sound out of the singers then other conductors and while that is a good skill, I could still get that sound without having such a serious face. After a multiple times, I was able to get an even better sound of them while having a more pleasant expression. The facial expression of a conductor has such incredible power and I need to remember that along with what my arms are doing.
Compared to last week's conducting lad, I think I maintained a much stronger stance throughout the excerpt but as my peers pointed out, I started to bend my knees. I was unaware for most of the time that I was doing this because I think it was my body's natural response to incorporate my whole body into my conducting. This is defiantly something I will need to focus on in the future. Overall I was very pleased with my conducting but I was even more pleased with the great feedback that I received from Andrew and my peers! Thank you!