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Education

Articles on this section of our website come from publications printed for Sweet Adelines and distributed via the Pitch Pipe, Forward Motion, and various seminars/workshops.

5 Tips to Improve Your Choral Singing

By Eric Whitacre

1. Learn as much of the music as you can so that your head isn’t buried in your copy.

2. Read the text, bathe in it and then sing with expression and meaning, and in phrases and lines as the text requires.

3. Listen to each other: hearing what is going on around you, next to you, near you is just as important as whatever the conductor is doing in front of you.

4. Make the most of delicious words and consonants, querying the diction with your director for these and vowel sounds.

5. Enjoy, and let the audience hear and see you enjoy singing; it’s one of the most visceral things we can share. I don’t know if it is a spiritual, physiological or psychological phenomenon, but I believe now more than ever that singing is a universal, built-in mechanism designed to cultivate empathy and compassion.

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Virtual Voice Lesson – All About Alignment

This video from www.chorusamerica.org is a quick, well done lesson on how to sit or stand in a way that supports and frees the voice by Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee. Click here to watch the video.

The Voice Box

Voice box: Also called the vocal mechanism or the vocal apparatus, these terms are commonly used to refer to the larynx (LARE-rinks”  literally “throat” in Greek). All name the cartilaginous structure in the neck that houses the vocal folds.

Unlike other instruments, the voice cannot simply be lifted from its hard case, examined and adjusted, fixed, cleaned, and tuned up. Nor can the vocal folds ever be put away for safekeeping. The voice is just one component of a constantly functioning system, affected around the clock by internal as well as external environments…(Click here to read the entire article).

Health Tips for Sweet Adelines

A Quick Tip for Singers

Did you know that the acidic properties of a lemon and an orange are different?  You may experience difficulty singing after drinking orange juice because of the thick phlegm the body produces to digest it.   Lemon, however, is a natural mucolytic. (Click here to read the entire article).

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

True, but there’s more to the story! An apple a day may keep saliva at bay!

The body needs water–much more water each day than most singers give it. Singing is an active sport, which intensely exercises some of the body’s smallest muscles. Because the water passes over and through these muscles, singers may think that they are helping by drinking water often during rehearsals. (Click here to read the entire article).