Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 3, January/February

A Conversation with Meredith Arwady, Part 2
CONTINUING MY CONVERSATION WITH MEREDITH ARWADY, in Boston to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra . . .Leslie Holmes: Since 2005 you have made a dizzying number of debuts: The Met, last year . . . Doctor Atomic . . .Meredith...
A Hildegard "How-To": Steps for the Thoughtful Preparation of a Chant
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)ON SEVERAL SOLO RECITALS, I have included one or more chants by the medieval abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Audience reaction is overwhelmingly positive, and people afterward often comment on the immense beauty...
Ants, NATS, and Swarm Logic
BY THE TIME THIS COLUMN IS PRINTED, a new calendar year will have begun and the 52nd NATS conference in Salt Lake City will be a distant memory. At this time of writing, however, the conference only recently ended, and because my mind is perennially...
Bel Canto-Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre-Mary Saunders on Belting and the Mixed Middle Voice
Bel Canto-Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre-Mary Saunders on Belting and the Mixed Middle Voice. (Penn State Public Broadcasting 7004; 143:00)More and more voice teachers across the country are finding themselves confronted by new teaching...
Cantabile. A Manual about Beautiful Singing for Singers, Teachers of Singing and Choral Conductors
Katharin Rundus, Cantabile. A Manual about Beautiful Singing for Singers, Teachers of Singing and Choral Conductors. San Pedro, CA: Pavane Publishing, 2009. Paper, viii, 189 pp., $59.95. ISBN 978-1-934596-03-6 www.PavanePublishing.comVoice teachers and...
Coarticulation: Aspects and Effects on American English, German, and French Diction
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)INTRODUCTIONHOW A PHONEME IS ARTICULATED varies depending on the other phonemes that are adjacent to it (and vice-versa). Assimilation and vocalic harmonization...
Cosmetic Surgery for the Voice: All's Fair in Love and Pitch
[Associate Editor's note: When I asked my colleague and friend, Paul Presto Jr., to write another column for me about what he does as a recording engineer, the request came on the heels of my revisiting the video of the legendary Woodstock concert of...
EASY CLASSICAL DUETS. 18 Duets for Student Singers
EASY CLASSICAL DUETS. 18 Duets for Student Singers. Compiled by Joan Frey Boytim. High voice, low voice, and piano. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010.Even Ms. Boytim admits that the days when time and appreciation for duet singing in the voice studio have...
Fascinations with the Human Voice
GUEST BOOK REVIEW KIMBERLY JAMES Ingo R. Titze, Fascinations with the Human Voice. Salt Lake City: National Center for Voice and Speech, 2010. Hardbound, 60 pp., $50.00. ISBN 978-0-615-37174-0 www.ncvs.org/bookshop.Should singers, voice teachers, or...
Formant Frequency Shifts for Classical and Theater Belt Vowel Modification
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)AN INFORMAL STUDY was conducted as a classroom exercise at the 2010 Summer Vocology Institute in Salt Lake City. Eleven students, each with five years or more of classical voice training, had been instructed...
Happy New Year! Reflections and Projections
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EACH and every one of you. I trust that each of you has had a wonderful Holiday Season full of time spent with friends and family, and that you have had the opportunity to rest, relax, and decompress after a busy autumn. The New Year...
(In) Habitation: Musical Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers
(In) Habitation: Musical Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers. Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvie Beaudette, piano. (Centaur CRC 3002; 63:29). Judith Cloud: Night Dreams: "Night Poem," "Siren Song," "Variations on the Word Sleep,"...
Jubilee: An Overview of the Song Literature of African American Women Composers
THE AMERICAN ART SONG CANON continues to reidentify and rearticulate its borders and boundaries, and this organic process underscores the importance of including the works of a wide array of composers, including African American women. As scholar Helen...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor,I'm not sure if it's proper form to thank reviewers for good reviews, but Gregory Berg's review [Journal of Singing 67, no. 1 (September/October 2010): 115-116] was so supportive, so encouraging-so welcome and appreciated-that I wanted...
Melodic Sculpturing: The Art and Science of Singing
Donald R. Mathis, Melodic Sculpturing: The Art and Science of Singing. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009. Paper, xi, 243 pp., $49.95. ISBN 978-1-4389-7248-0 www.MelodicSculpturing.comThe impetus to write a voice pedagogy book varies. Some authors seek...
Musical Performance Anxiety: Adapting Psychotherapy Techniques of Desensitization to the Voice Studio, Part 1
[Part one in a series of three hypothetical case studies involving voice students with musical performance anxiety]THE PRIVATE VOICE TEACHER ENCOUNTERS a wide variety of students and, therefore, a wide variety of challenges in educating these singers....
OXFORD SOLO SONGS. Sacred
OXFORD SOLO SONGS. Sacred. 16 songs with piano or organ. CD backings. High and low voice volumes. Oxford University Press, 2010.This collection includes works published by Oxford University Press from 1978 to 2010. Composers represented are John Rutter,...
Pedagogy from the Archives
prov*e*nance (prov'e-nans) n. Place of origin, source. [Lat. Provenire, to originate.]IT HAS BEEN MY PURPOSE in the "Provenance" column to bring to the attention of our readership important pedagogic writings from the past. This article, "Pathways to...
Pyrotechnics in the Entertainment Industry: An Update
THE RECENT ADVENT OF THE INTERNET has catalyzed the entertainment industry to put greater resources toward profit-making live performances, rather than focusing on the retail sales of records that can be downloaded illegally for free or purchased online...
Spirit, Art, Song
Vita brevis est, ars longa.Seneca, De BrevitataeVitae, 1, 1IN JUNE, 1977, I AND MY FRIEND Matthias Kern, noted composer, church musician, and organist from Hannover, were on tour throughout West Germany, performing concerts of sacred music for voice...
The Choir Issue, Part 1
I LOVE CHOIRS AND CHORAL MUSIC with a passion that goes back to my formative years as a musician. As an undergraduate, I pursued degrees in voice and piano performance because those skills were needed for my chosen career: I was going to be a choral...
The Life of Pauline Viardot: Her Influence on the Music and Musicians of Nineteenth Century Europe
PAULINE MICHELLE FERDINANDE GARCIA VIARDOT (1821-1910) is one of the most influential women in the classical music world of nineteenth century Europe. As a singer, her extraordinary opera career, marked by a prodigious talent and charisma on the stage,...
The Songs of Józef Zygmunt Szulc (1875-1956)
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)INTRODUCTIONAS WE GO ABOUT OUR DAILY TEACHING, we long to introduce something new, something unknown, and we often turn to anthologies. Forty French Songs, published in two volumes by International Music...
THREE POEMS OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)CHRISTINA ROSSETTI POEMS AND THREE NEW COLLECTIONSCONTE, DAVID. THREE POEMS OF CHRISTINA ROSSETTI for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. E. C. Schirmer (ECS Publishing), 2010. Tonal; A^sub 3^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M/CR; regular...
TWILIGHT. Three Songs on Poems of Christina Rossetti for High Voice
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)THOMAS, RICHARD PEARSON (b. 1957). TWILIGHT. Three Songs on Poems of Christina Rossetti for High Voice. Portage Press Publishing, 2007 (CVR). Traditional keys; C#^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: CR, M; regular and irregular...
Voicing the Silent Language of the Soul: The Life and Works of Clara Kathleen Rogers (1844-1931)
UPON ITS PUBLICATION IN 1893, The Philosophy of Singing by Clara Kathleen Rogers was greeted as a major contribution to the literature on vocal technique. An unnamed reviewer in the New York Times wrote in May of that year, "Every singing teacher and...