voice placement without formal audition?
Date: February 1, 2014
I remember reading somewhere on the site, of a way to help singers determine their voice placement and section in the chorus (e.g., 2nd tenor or baritone? ... alto or 2nd soprano ... that sort of thing). I can't relocate the post, so I thought I'd ask here.
The gist of the post was, during warmups where you go up and down a pattern chromatically (for example), you have each singer write down when it gets to be too low, or too high, for him or her. There was something about how I (i.e., the director) would announce as the group goes through the warmup, what the highest note is (as you go up), and the lowest note (as you go down). I think I remember the concept correctly, which seems smart, but I remember the description in the post was clear, and fun, and less convoluted than what I've written here.
And then folks turn in their papers, so you can let them know what the best section for them would be. And I will also have a candid, non-threatening, self-assessment from each singer about her or his range.
Suggestions on finding that post, or indeed, any suggestions on how to efficiently help singers find their section, on their own, will be appreciated.
I will be starting a come-one, come-all rehearsal cycle soon, and this will help the folks who don't have a clue about what part to sing, after a long hiatus from chorus, for example, or even those who never had a clue. And I'm figuring some of these chorus-wannabees will stay home, if they think there's a one-on-one audition with me, especially early on.
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