Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 5, May/June

Abrsm Songbook
ABRSM SONGBOOK. Selected pieces and traditional songs in five volumes. Compiled by Ross Campbell, Robert Forbes and Lilija Zobens. ABRSM [Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music] Publishing Limited, 2008.The compilers of this series represent...
A Conversation with William Sharp, Part 1
SITTING ON THE PORCH of the concert hall at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, with sounds of a chamber music rehearsal wafting through the closed doors, William Sharp and I had the following conversation . . .Leslie Holmes: You have been described...
A Plea to the Private Studio Teachers of College Bound Singers
IT'S AUDITION SEASON AGAIN, and I've just sat through another round of college hopefuls at the small private college where I teach in Pennsylvania. We are certainly not exclusive, and our programs, for the most part, are not aimed at the budding performer....
Art Song on Route 66
FLAGSTAFF IS A CITY IN NORTHERN Arizona, elevation 7,000 feet, population just a tad over 60,000. It is a community of cultural diversity, beauty, and history. Nearby, Grand Canyon National Park and Oak Creek Canyon lure tourists with their spectacular...
Carlo Bassini's the Art of Singing, Part 1
[This article appeared as the introduction to a facsimile reproduction of Bassini's book published by Plural Press in 2007.1 While much of the information herein has appeared in previous columns, it is hoped that presenting it in context of Bassini's...
Controversies and Confusions in Diagnosing Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
THE PROBLEM OF REFLUX has become well known among singing teachers. It is recognized as common for reasons that have been discussed extensively in previous literature.1 While being careful not to get too confused, it is worthwhile for singing teachers...
Dispelling Vocal Myths. Part 1: "Sing from Your Diaphragm!"
THE PREVALENCE OF VOCAL MYTHSIN MY EIGHTEEN YEARS OF treating singers with voice disorders in a voice specialty clinic, hundreds of them have presented with some kind of problem with their singing technique. These technical problems might be a primary...
Exposition, Development, Recapitulation, Coda
HOW QUICKLY TIME PASSES. Another summer is upon us, our biennial national conference is just around the corner, and new national officers soon will begin their work on behalf of NATS. Our Association is thriving in spite of the worldwide recession; indeed,...
Gabriel Fauré: The Songs and Their Poets
Graham Johnson, Gabriel Fauré: The Songs and their Poets. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2009. Cloth, xxviii, 460 pp., $89.95. ISBN 978-0-7546-5960-0. www.ashgate.comTo aficionados of art song, Graham Johnson is a familiar and respected...
G. Schirmer Opera Anthology Diction Coach
G. SCHIRMER OPERA ANTHOLOGY DICTION COACH. Coloratura Arias for Soprano, Arias for Soprano, Arias for Soprano, Volume 2, Arias for Mezzo-Soprano, Arias for Tenor, Arias for Baritone, and Arias for Bass. CDs included. G. Schirmer, Inc., 2008 (Hal Leonard).The...
Guidelines for Contributors
MISSION STATEMENTThe Journal of Singing provides current information regarding the teaching of singing as well as results of recent research in the field. A refereed journal, it serves as an historical record and is a venue for teachers of singing and...
Introducing A Video for Using Straw Phonation
OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS John Nix and I have been describing vocal exercises that utilize phonation into a straw.1 These exercises are part of a bigger picture of training vocal fold adduction, registration, and epilarynx tube narrowing for the best acoustic...
Performance Anxiety: A Twenty-First Century Perspective
IN HIS ARTICLE "Mental Concepts in Singing," Horst Günter states that the singing voice reflects all of the problems and emotions a person has in his private life.1 It is imperative, writes Günter, that personality components and situational/environmental...
Personal and Pedagogic Aesthetics
FRANK CAME IN FOR his lesson with an agenda. He had just booked a gig at a local cabaret, and one of the songs he wanted to sing was "The Heather on the Hill" from Brigadoon. He had the CD recording of a recent Broadway revival of the show and he said,...
Schubert-Winterreise
Schubert-Winterreise. Daniel Lichti, bass baritone; Leslie De'Ath, fortepiano. (Analekta AN 2 9921; 62:48)"Gute Nacht," "Die Wetterfahne," "Gefrorne Tränen," "Erstarrung," "Der Llndenbaum," "Wasserflut," "Auf dem Flusse," "Rückblick," "Irrlicht," "Rast,"...
Teaching Poetry through Song: A Modest Proposal
INTRODUCTIONVOICE TEACHERS AND COACHES develop and refine a wide range of ideas and techniques for teaching vocalism, musicianship, and vocal artistry. My "modest proposal" supports this effort by organizing a group of ideas meant to stimulate the imagination...
Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology
TEENS' MUSICAL THEATRE ANTHOLOGY. A Treasury of Songs from Stage & Film, Specially Designed for Teen Singers. Female Edition and Male Edition. Edited and compiled by Lisa DeSpain. Accompaniment CD included. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2009.The thirty-two...
Tenor: History of a Voice
John Potter, Tenor: History of a Voice. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009. Cloth, xi, 305 pp., $35.00. ISBN 978-0-300-11873-5. www.yale books.comBilled as the first comprehensive volume on the subject, Tenor: History of a Voice, offers...
The Language of Song
THE LANGUAGE OF SONG. Selected and edited by Nicola-Jane Kemp and Heidi Pegler. Faber Music Ltd, 2006-2008. High voice volumes: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced; Medium voice volumes: Advanced; Low voice volumes: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced.The...
The Mind's Mirrors
WHILE PRACTICE CANNOT MAKE us exactly perfect, practice is the key ingredient that propels singers toward the ultimate, if unattainable goal of technical perfection. Novice singers with a strong case of performance anxiety may prefer practice over live...
The Pronunciation of /R/ in German Classical Singing
The development of various r-allophones and their distribution in today's German classical singingINTRODUCTIONWenn mitten in einer tragischen Rede sichein Provinzialismus eindrängt, so wird dieschönste Dichtung verunstaltet und dasGehör des Zuschauers...
The Silver Hound: British Music for Tenor, Horn and Piano
The Silver Hound: British Music for Tenor, Horn and Piano. Frank Hoffmeister, tenor; Bruce Atwell, horn; Timothy Lovelace, piano. (Alicia Records; 44:40)Betty Roe: "The Silver Hound." Claire Liddell: "Affirmations." Frank Spedding: Three Old English...
Understanding Our Students' Self-Regulation during Practice: Verbal Protocol as a Tool
INTRODUCTIONAS VOICE TEACHING PROFESSIONALS, we know the reward of working with students who are apparently good self-regulators. They take charge of their own progress outside of voice lessons, and return to each session demonstrating growth in a given...
Unsleeping: Songs by Living Composers
Unsleeping: Songs by Living Composers. Patricia Green, mezzo soprano; John Hess, piano. (BGR 177; 72:15)Jonathan Harvey: "Lullaby for the Unsleeping." R. Murray Schafer: Kinderlieder: "Mailied," "Der Pflaumenbaum," "Die Maske des Bösen," "Hollywood,"...
Voice History Revisited
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, resulting from a lifelong love for, preoccupation with, and commitment to reading, I devoted two installments of "Editor's Commentary" to the topic. One of those emerged from my poll of Journal of Singing regular contributors and Editorial...
Young Love
COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIESTHOMAS, RICHARD PEARSON (b. 1957). YOUNG LOVE (Sara Teasdale). A Cycle of Songs for Young Voices for High Voice and Piano [also published for Medium voice]. Portage Press Publishing, 2008 (CVR). Traditional keys; C#^sub 4^-A^sub...
Youtube.com
In the September/October issue of Journal of Singing, this column addressed the exciting potential of a website which in its two years of existence had already become one of the most visited and most discussed destinations on the worldwide web. YouTube...