Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer

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Rosenberg, Marci, and Wendy D. LeBorgne. The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer. San Diego, CA; Plural Publishing, 2014. Paper, xix, 121 pp., $39.95 (includes CD). ISBN 978-1-59756-459-5 www.pluralpublishing.com

In the preface to this volume, authors Rosenberg and LeBorgne define "hybrid singer" as a vocal athlete skilled in multiple styles with an agile and responsive technique capable of meeting the demands of the current contemporary music market. This volume, a collection of exercises and vocalises, is a companion to The Vocal Athlete (see above) that is intended as a vade mecum for voice professionals who are negotiating multiple styles.

Fifty-two voice pedagogues who work with hybrid singers contributed exercises to this book. The compilation contains more than sixty exercises, and is divided into two parts. Rosenberg and LeBorgne offer an introduction to each section. The first contains exercises for mental focus and physical readiness, including alignment; the second section encompasses vocal exercises. The vocal exercises are organized into four types: warm ups and cool downs, those for laryngeal strength and coordination, registration and vocal tract modification, and training vocal styles. The last of these is an eclectic mix of vocalises, ranging from an exercise for developing a light chest mix for mixed choir to one for attaining the "ultimate rock sound." The directives offered by New York coach Robert Marks for creating a logical sixteen bar audition cut should be required reading for every student who plans to sing an audition. …

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