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FC: Vocal Solos | Artistry Across the Arts
1: Beauty A beautiful sound applies to both soloists and chorus members. Soloists have to focus more on their own sound as opposed to concentrating on a whole group.
2: Control | Control is extremely important in both chorus and vocal solos. You need to have control over your voice in order for it to sound correct..
3: Blend Blend is one of the most important aspects of choral singing, but in a solo you there are no other voices to blend with. the focus has to be more on blending with the accompaniment
4: Balance In solo vocal music you have to really attempt to keep a good balance between your voice and the music, with choral singing you have to balance out your voices with all the other singers individually and as sections. .
5: Melody The melody of a song is similar for both vocal solos and choral music. In choral music the melody is generally sung by the sopranos, but can be carried by any section..
6: Both need dynamics to improve the overall energy and emotion of the song. in choral music different sections can have different dynamics through out the song. | Dynamics
7: Tempo Tempo is the relative speed of a piece of music. Whether or not it's a solo or a choral piece, the word tempo has the same basic meaning toward the song and performance
8: Concept of Style In solo vocal music there is a lot more freedom in creating your own style while singing to make the song your own. In a chorus you have to agree with the rest of the ensemble in your choice of style.. You all have one style that you are singing under the direction of the conductor. Both have a diverse range of styles to choose from.
9: Feeling of Ensemble It is hard to have a feeling of ensemble when you are singing a solo. In a chorus there is a natural feeling of ensemble within the group of singers.
10: Choice of Repertoire | When singing a solo you have more choices to choose from. Generally soloist stick with the genre of music that they like or are the best at.. In a chorus the director normally has the biggest say in the choice of repertoire.
11: Appearance In a chorus the appearance of the ensemble is normally pretty unison. For a soloist you generally have more freedom in what you want to wear. Your appearance has a lot of impact on the response of the audience.
12: Interview: With Jeff Manyard | How does choral work relate to choral singing? -Choral music and solo singing are extremely similar. Compared technique with warmups are nearly identical and both are ways for people to express themselves by voice. How many years have you taught singing? - I was a high school singing teacher for 9 years. A professional choir teacher for 15 years and a soloist for 20 years. In what ways is it important to have singing experience in both solo and choir work? - As a soloist you are able to express your emotions and communicate your feelings. Everything is heightened and taken to a new level when you sing solos. As a choral croup it is challenging to express feelings , however, some choirs achieve great expression when they sing in a group as well.
13: What are some correlations between forms of solo and choral pieces? -Operas and Musicals contain both solos and chorus numbers. Also both genres express stories in the songs that are sung. -For example Carmina Burana is an opera that I preformed with the St. Louis symphony. I was a soloist with them for 10 years, a section leader and an assistant director. Carmina Burana is an opera that exhibits passion beauty and love. This is all about human expression. - By singing you also learn how to sing in other languages, whether you are a soloist or in a chorus. Both are capable of singing in French, German, Russian and Italian, just to name a few.
14: Why did you decide to peruse a career in the arts? - I was in a chorus in church and school so that had a great impact on my career choice. I was mostly interested in choral music and I always strived to be a chorus teacher. However when i got into school my professors persuaded me to work more on soloists. Do you enjoy working with singing both chorally and solos? - In a job it is one thing to think about a career as a source of income. Another is to be passionate about your work, to be the absolute best you can be. I aspired to become a vocal instructor to watch people grow, being a teacher. In high school especially emotions are raging so it is interesting go watch people develop.
15: How are the concepts of both styles of singing similar? - Control in both fields of music changes with age. When a singer is young, control is thought of as a physical forceful movement.. However as people age they realize that control is more so letting go of physical ., and using your mind to control your tone. - Also ensemble is based on the strength of the individuals, which comes from solo training. However the strength of the ensemble is greater than the parts which comes from choral singing. -Developing yourself in solo and choral singing makes you a batter singer in both. People grow more expressive when singers are good soloists, which grow their choral singing. While in choral music. soloists can let go and sing more freely then alone. Choral singing as a soloist can be thought of as bad for the voice, however if you are careful then it is beneficial.