Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 5, May/June

A Legacy to Be Served and Cherished, Part 2
In my two years as NATS President, I have focused these columns on various aspects of our Association's mission and advocacy, collaborations, and the goals and progress of the board of directors. It has been my pleasure to share reflections from other...
A Tale of Two Pedagogues: A Cross-Continental Conversation on CCM
Recently, I found myself reflecting on the somewhat obvious fact that there was a time when contemporary commercial music (CCM) voice pedagogy did not exist. Like life before the Internet or microwave ovens, life before CCM singing and pedagogy is difficult...
Collected Songs
Quilter, Roger (1877-1953). Collected Songs, 60 Songs. Boosey & Hawkes, 2016. Arranged for low and high voice, with piano.Songs include Three Shakespeare Songs (First Set), Op. 6; "To Julia," Op. 8; Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12; Five Shakespeare...
Conference Syndrome
The rundown of lectures, workshops, master classes, and performances scheduled for the upcoming NATS National Conference features a wide variety of topics. The sheer number of sessions alone-which is now typical for the conference-means there are endless...
Creativity through Silence: Exploring the Use of Meditation in Musical Performance
INTRODUCTION: SELFLESS CREATIVITYThe goal of this article is to outline the uses of meditation as it relates to musical creativity. Thanks to the now extensive list of scientific studies that support meditation as a way to significantly lesson the experience...
Dvorák's Biblical Songs, Op. 99: A Concise Guide to Performance
Dvorak's Biblical Songs, op. 99, composed in 1894, an intensely personal work in the composer's oeuvre, provides an example of his mastery of the nuances of the Czech language to reinforce the meaning of the text. The Biblical Songs present a challenge...
Fairest Isle, All Isles Excelling: British Art Song of the Early Twentieth Century
Earlier this year, "Bookshelf' reviewer Debra Greschner introduced our readers to Nicola Harrison's two excellent new volumes, The Wordsmith's Guide to English Song, the first dedicated to the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953), and the second to those...
Five Volumes of Ten Songs
Gurney, Ivor (1890-1937). Five Volumes of Ten Songs. Oxford University Press (reproduced by Banks Music Publications), Michael Hurd, editor. (Available through Classical Vocal Reprints.)Volume I. "The Singer" (Edward Shanks), "The Latmian Shepherd" (Edward...
Happy Anniversary, Phantom!
Exactly thirty years ago this month of May, a piece titled "Phantom Pedagogy" appeared in "The Bach to Rock Connection" column of The NATS Journal. A Broadway musical, The Phantom of the Opera, had opened in January of 1988 and my aforementioned piece...
Juan Diego Florez: Mozart
Juan Diego Florez: Mozart. Juan Diego Florez, tenor; Orchestra La Scintilla; Riccardo Minasi, conductor. (Sony B073R6K4H4; 51:52)"Fuor del mar" (Idomeneo)-, "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" (Die Zauberflöte)-, "Si spande al sole in faccia" (II re...
Letters to the Editor
January 23, 2018Dear Richard,I have followed with interest your trilogy of commentaries on honesty. I believe you have appropriately and honestly (pardon the pun) presented significant ideas to ponder. In my career as a teacher, I have not been able...
Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter
Lori Laitman: The Scarlet Letter. Laura Claycomb, soprano; Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo soprano; Dominic Armstrong, Kyle Knapp, tenor; Malcolm MacKenzie, Daniel Belcher, baritone; Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus; Ari Pelto, conductor. (Naxos 8.66903435;...
Medical Privacy and the Professional Singer: Injury Stigma, Disclosure, and Professional Ramifications on Broadway
MEDICAL PRIVACY PRACTICESIn the United States of America, medical privacy policy often reads like a bureaucratic quagmire. Impenetrable policies littered with legalese have left consumers embittered and skeptical, questioning the benefits of promised...
Nats Visits Aats
The American Academy of Teachers of Singing was founded in 1922 by 15 men, all members of the profession of the teaching of singing. Charter members were Walter L. Bogért, William S. Brady, Dudley Buck, George Fergusson, Yeatman Griffith, George Hamlin,...
Pedagadgets
One of my colleagues recently sent me a link to a video review of a revolutionary new practice device for singers. The subject line of the email only included the letters WTF(?). I must confess that I am woefully ignorant when it comes to social media...
Recent Research in Singing
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RECENT RESEARCH IN SINGING IS a brief sampling of articles, theses, and dissertations recently published. It is by no means comprehensive and reflects only a small fraction of the available documents.If you have published recent...
Seis Poemas Arcaicos for Voice and Piano by Manuel M. Ponce
OVERVIEWHaving previously written two articles for this periodical on the music of Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948), one an introduction to the composer's vocal works and another on his song cycles, the author offers here a study of a single work, Ponce's...
Stilled Voices
It is still difficult to imagine a world without Siberian baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017), one of the most charismatic singers of the last quarter century. His untimely death on November 22 at the age of 55 was a shattering tragedy for his...
The Art and the Skills of Vocal Coaching
The art and skills of vocal coaching is a subject I have mentioned much in this column, but avoided addressing as an entire article, for it is really too immense a topic to take on here. Vocal coaching demands lifelong study for any pianist, but I continue...
The Efficacy of Vocal Cool-Down Exercises
[A version of this article was previously published in the Journal of Voice.]INTRODUCTIONWarming up the voice is an accepted tradition among singers and is considered essential for healthy singing technique. Centuries of experience-based practice and...
The Singing Body: A Vocalist's Companion
Goren, Iris. The Singing Body: A Vocalist's Companion. Trans., Rebecca Wolpe. Columbia, SC: CreateSpace, 2017. Paper, 77 pp„ $20.00. ISBN 978-1548501112 www.lrisgoren.co.il/ iris-gorenIris Goren has taught movement to students of singing at the Jerusalem...
The Voice: Insights into the Physiology of Singing and Speaking
The Voice: Insights into the Physiology of Singing and Speaking DVD-ROM. 160 minutes, $39.95. Freiburg, Deutschland: Helbing Verlag. Distributed by GIA Publications, www. giamusic.comThe Freiburg Institut für Musikermedzin is a joint institution of the...
Voice Class: A Learner-Centered Approach
MANY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES offer classes in group voice instruction. Voice class enrollments typically consist of beginning voice students interested in singing and improving voice functionality. Sometimes these courses are made up of nonvoice major...
Voice Horizons, Part 1
[Modified from: Robert Thayer Sataloff, Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, 4th Edition (San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc., 2017).]INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEWCommunication is central to, and representative of, the human condition....
West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical
GUEST REVIEWWells, Elizabeth A. West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. Hardcover, xiii, 312 pp., $50.00. ISBN 978-0-81087666-8 $47.50 eBook 978-1-46167422-1 www.scarecrowpress.comSince its premiere...
What's a Song Worth?
Languages of various civilizations and cultures are rife with and enriched by idioms, metaphors, similes, analogies, aphorisms, and other expressions. Some make sense and contain much wisdom, some do neither. To illustrate the first category: Most recognize...
Why /I/ and /?/ Can Be Effective Belting Vowels
It has been shown that one acoustic feature of belting is the dominance of harmonic energy above the first harmonic (the fundamental), especially in females.1 This dominance is also observed in brass instruments,2 hence the timbre of belt is often considered...
W.J. Henderson, Music Critic Extraordinaire
prov-e-nance (prov'a-nans) n. Place of origin, source. [Lat. Provenire, to originate.]William James Henderson (1855-1937) was among American's most formidable music critics and writers on music, at a time when music criticism was an art considerably...
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