Female Voice Classification and the Choral Director
The focus of this paper deals with the young female voice. This paper serves several purposes: to define vocal misclassification and its dangers; to lead the singer and choral director to healthy voice use through the choral ensemble; to present solutions and outcomes to eliminate the problem of vocal misclassification. Topics to be discussed include common occurrences of inappropriate voice use in choral ensembles (that is, females asked to sing outside of their voice category to fill out the other choral sections and female voices that are incorrectly classified); the changing female voice (ages 9 to 15) (that is, how choral conductors safely traverse these students through their voice change); the college singer in regards to the young voice; and possible solutions and outcomes to eliminate the problem of vocal misclassification (that is, frequent voice testing, making vocal decisions on tessitura not range, and listening to student’s concerns about their own voices). Through presentation of this paper, choral conductors will be educated about vocal misclassification and preventing damage to young female voices.
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