Date: November 1, 2010
Liz Garrett hits it on the head again with a post about blending from a singer's, rather than a director's, perspective:
Liz has a bunch of possible analyses for the blending problem (taking into account that she hasn't heard the singer herself), but I think the important feature is to see it from the singer's perspective. Being told you "don't blend" isn't very helpful. And this is somebody who takes voice lessons so it isn't (presumably) a matter of horrible production problems.
I'd guess that most likely it's just that the singer is singing too loud and overbalances the other singers in the section. But it's incumbent on us directors, even if we're kicking the singer out, to tell them what the problem is and how they might fix it.
P.S. The Blenders are a terrific a cappella group. And don't forget that Fred Waring, leader of the swing ensemble The Pennsylvanians, is the same guy who invented the blender. (Actually he didn't invent it; he just formed the company to sell it.)