Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 5, May/June

A Conversation with Lloyd Schwartz, Part 1
AT THE LOVELY CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR Adult Education in Cambridge, MA, Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music editor of the Boston Phoenix, and I had the following conversation . . .Leslie Holmes: What do you think the role of a music critic...
Ad Finem
A SHORT TWENTY-TWO MONTHS AGO Scott McCoy passed the gavel to me near the end of our 51st NATS National Conference business meeting in Salt Lake City. It seems like yesterday. Now it's nearly time to gather again for our 52nd National Conference in Orlando....
An Appreciation of the Bozeman and Miller Descriptions of Formant-Harmonic Relations in Singing
AS SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS on singing styles and singing pedagogy grow in number around the world, there appear to be only minor differences about pedagogic explanations of vowel, pitch, and voice quality interactions. Everyone agrees that choices of...
Art Songs Oubliées, Part 3
HERE, DEAR READERS, IS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT of neglected or forgotten art songs, featuring German and Italian repertoire. Some song cycles have been added to the list as well - some short, some longer. All of them deserve to be heard more often.GERMAN...
Awesome Voices!
prov-e-nance (prov' e-nens) n. Place of origin, source. [LAT. Provenire, to originate.]I LISTENED RECENTLY TO SCORES of recordings that were submitted to the university where I teach as a part of our required screening process. A successful screening...
Chester Biscardi: Sailors & Dreamers
Chester Biscanti: Sailors & Dreamers. William Ferguson, tenor; Sequitur: Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet; Matthew Gold, percussion; Sara Laimon, piano; Miranda Cuckson, Sarah Crocker, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; Greg Hesselink,...
Does Real-Time Visual Feedback Enhance Perceived Aspects of Choral Performance?
INTRODUCTIONSPECTROGRAPHY HAS BEEN USED in singing research and instruction for many years. Appleman, Coffin, and Vennard introduced voice teachers to this technology through their books, which were published in the 1960s and 1970s.1 In the early 1980s,...
Drains and Gains
EVERY PROFESSION HAS SOURCES OF STRESS and sources of reinvigoration. But how does one balance these opposites in a healthy manner? What does one do when the stresses of teaching outweigh the opportunities for reinvigoration? This article will deal with...
FROM THE DIARY OF SALLY HEMINGS. Eighteen Songs for Medium Voice and Piano
(ProQuest: ... denotes formula omitted.)BOLCOM, WILLIAM (b. 1938). FROM THE DIARY OF SALLY HEMINGS. Eighteen Songs for Medium Voice and Piano. Text by Sandra Seaton. Edward B. Marks Music Company, 2001 (Hal Leonard). X, tonal, bitonal; B3-A#5; Tess:...
Hall Johnson: His Life, His Spirit, and His Music
Eugene Thamon Simpson, Hall Johnson: His Life, His Spirit, and His Music. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Cloth, xv, 369 pp., $75.00. ISBN 978-0-8108-6038 www.scarecrowpress. comHall Johnson (1888-1970) is best known to singers and teachers for his...
Health Promotion and Injury Prevention Education for Student Singers
INTRODUCTIONTHE LATIN MAXIM SCIENTIA POTENTIA EST (knowledge is power) deserves renewed consideration from educators involved in the training of singers. The connection between professional singing and occupation-related voice problems has been well...
Opera from the Playground: Benjamin Britten's Roles for Children's Voices
IN A 1967 INTERVIEW WITH RUBY MERCER, Benjamin Britten said of his children's opera The Little Sweep:I like writing for children and I like the sounds they make when they sing. So I wrote something in which children played a major part and I'm very glad...
Sallie Chisum Remembers Billy the Kid
PREVIN, ANDRÉ (b. 1929). SALLIE CHISUM REMEMBERS BILLY THE KID. For Voice and Piano. Chester Music, 1996 (Music Sales Corporation). Tonal; B3-A5; Tess: mH; 4/4, 3/4, 3/8, 5/4, 9/8, 6/8, 7/4, etc., Reflectively-Jaunty; V/mD-D, P/mD-D; 14 pages (9 minutes).Sallie...
Some Thoughts on Singing and Science
EARLY LAST JANUARY, I had the great pleasure to attend the inaugural NYU International Voice Symposium. This exceptional event focused on issues directly related to our daily lives as singers and teachers, including measurement of subglottal breath pressure...
The Fifty Best Blogs for Opera Students
http://www.onlineclasses.org/2011/05/ 10/50-best-blogs-for-opera-students/In a rather dramatic departure from the usual purview of "The Listener's Gallery" (and at the invitation of the editor-in-chief), this column opens with a discussion of blogs that...
The Heart of Singing
Diane Haslam, The Heart of Singing. Charleston, SC: Create Space; 2010. Paper, xviii, 168 pp., $15.95. ISBN 9781453696064 www.dianehaslam.com"Heart" has a plethora of meanings. It can denote a foundation, or the intangible essence of soul and spirit....
The Origin of the Verdi Baritone
We shall need a baritone who is an artist in every sense of the word.Giuseppe Verdi1GIUSEPPE VERDI (October 10, 1813-January 27, 1901) is often venerated for creating a vocal expectation that was considered rare and new to the operatic baritone voice....
Tiger Teaching
This is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It's also about Mozart and Mendelssohn, the piano and the violin, and how we made it to Carnegie Hall.1SO BEGINS AMY CHUA'S NOW INFAMOUS 2011 MEMOIR, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, whose...
To Be or Not to Be: Notes on the Muted E, Part 2
INTRODUCTIONTHE CARRYING OUT OF THE FRENCH muted e in lyric diction is a complex issue that transcends linguistics. The causes and the motives that stirred and fed the passionate debate that unfolded around it at the close of the nineteenth century were...
VIGNETTES: COVERED WAGON WOMAN: From the Daily Journal of Margaret Ann Alsip Frink, 1850
(ProQuest: ... denotes formula omitted.)SMITH, ALAN LOUIS (b. 1955). VIGNETTES: COVERED WAGON WOMAN: From the Daily Journal of Margaret Ann Alsip Frink, 1850. For Mezzo-Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano (2 Scores and a Set of Parts). Alan Louis Smith,...
Voice Pedagogy for Aging Singers (Including the Author)
MY ANNUAL "RAINBOW OF HOPE" benefit concert on November 13, 2011, had a decidedly patriotic theme to it since it took place on Veterans Day weekend and was near the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Many of America's best loved songs...
What I Do, I Think
SOME TIME AGO, I READ a rather dark novel by L. Woiwode, What I'm Going To Do, I Think. I was attracted to the book both by its arresting title and because of its setting in Michigan, near where I grew up. Perhaps the title is not exclusively colloquially...
Where Does My Voice Come From?
Sharon Radionoff, Where Does My Voice Come From? Houston, TX: Sound Singing Institute, 2011. DVD, 90 minutes, $30.00. www.SoundSinging.comSharon Radionoff is a Singing Voice Specialist and the author of The Vocal Instrument (San Diego: Plural Publishing,...
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