Masculinity and the Singing Voice

Anyone listening to recordings of opera singers of the late 20th and 21st century is struck by the overt expression of aggressive masculinity in the lower male voice. Baritones and basses are heard to sing with a low laryngeal posture through aggressive use of the depressors of the throat, poor vowel quality and enunciation, and concomitant […]

Listening Registrationally, Part 1

Reid, Cornelius L. Vocal Mechanics and the Cultivation of Listening Skills. With the two register theory a verifiable fact, procedures concerned with the development and integration of these basic qualities become issues of extraordinary pedagogic importance. Unquestionably, if a valid connection is to be made between the quality of the tonal product and the physical and acoustic activities associated […]

Pride, Fear, and Ambition in Singing

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  Proverbs 16:18 In singing, I often remind myself and my singers that emotionally and vocally “pride can really get you hurt, but humility will get you well.”  By teaching and training a voice in a functional way, any aesthetic concept that I have of […]