Male soprano in advanced women's chorus?
Date: March 6, 2013
I have a fascinating issue: I have a young man who is a 15 yr old freshman with an unchanged, beautiful soprano voice (he sings in a local professional men & boys choir). I also have 2 incoming freshman with unchanged voices, one of whom is very proud to be a soprano (as he should be.) We are currently auditioning for our groups for next year. I have a group called Varsity Women's Chorus - they are an advanced all-women group. In reality, they are a treble chorus. Is it appropriate for me to consider placing him in that group? I think it would benefit the girls to hear someone with such a beautiful tone and I feel it is the most appropriate placement for him as well, repertoire-wise. BUT, I am concerned with his voice changing over the course of next year, he IS 15 and at times I have heard the tell-tale crack in his speaking voice. He is a very talented singer, strong musician, and has great music reading skills. The other option for him is the top group - a mixed SATB group that will be a combination of show choir/advanced concert choir next year. Right now, vocally, I feel he is best suited for the advanced treble chorus, but if his voice changes, that won't work so well. At this point, I don't feel that he's ready for the top mixed group either - maturity, dancing skills, seniority. What are your thoughts on this?
Emily McDuffee, Indianapolis, IN, USA
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