The Effect of Conductor Lip Rounding on Individual Singers’ Lip Postures during Sung Latin /u/ Vowels: A Pilot Study
Results indicated increased lip rounding by all participants on at least one of the sung Latin /u/ vowels, regardless of age, choral singing experience, and other demographic factors, with no participant evidencing less lip rounding in the experimental condition on either /u/ vowel. Means for the /u/ in “corpus” tended higher than means for the /u/ in “verum.” Means for female lip rounding were higher than male means. Participant means were higher for singers with 3 or more years of private voice lessons. Most participants (n=54, 87.10%) noted some difference in conductor behaviour between the two conditions, yet only 29% of participants specifically and accurately described the difference.
Results were discussed in terms of the theory “what they see is what you get” in choral singing contexts, limitations of the study, and suggestions for further research.cifically and accurately described the difference.
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