Straight Tone Choral Tradition (Specific Ensembles?)
Date: February 6, 2013
I've read through about a thousand threads here debating straight tone vs. vibrato. Many people all over the internet and in casual conversation cite the "European tradition" when explaining that certain groups sing with a straight tone. It's how they're taught, I'm told. But my searches yeild nothing specific.
In short, can anyone tell me exact names of choral ensembles (anywhere in the world, not just Europe) or entire countries or regions that are taught specifically in the straight tone style? I'm not looking for "The Baltic countries are taught this way" (too vague), but which choir specifically? A school name? Where does everyone get the idea that choirs sing straight tone in Europe? Not saying they don't, just saying I haven't been able to find anything.
I should note too, that I'm really looking for something that might show this is a cultural thing. The Eric Whitacre Singers often sing straight tone, and they're based out of London, but that's one ensemble under one (American) conductor. I'm not sure that really shows that straight tone singing is a cultural thing in that area. There are also a few choirs in the states (St. Olaf, and even professional groups like Chanticleer) that often sing straight tone as well, but these do not show that it is a cultural thing to do so. I'm specifically looking to show some "proof" (if there is any) that other contries and regions sing predominantly in the straight tone fashion, thus needing some specific sources (name of ensemble, schools, etc.).
Thanks in advance for your help.
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