HAVE WRITTEN QUITE A LOT in the past about the training of choristers in the art of sight-singing, but I would also like to share some vocal training helps as well. If you are leading a children’s choir (or any choir for that matter), one of the most important things you could do to improve the sound of your choir is to take voice lessons yourself if you have never previously had the privilege. After you have taken lessons, then teach someone else in a private lesson. This simple act forces you to take what you have learned and then find a way to communicate it to another singer. Then take it to your choir.
I once heard a choir director say it was impossible to give a vocal lesson to an entire choir all at once, but I don’t believe this. You might not be able to go into as much depth with each one as you would in a private lesson, but you can teach the general mechanics of good vocal technique.
Today I would like to share with you a presentation that Melanie Malinka, the Director of Music for the Madeleine Choir School, gave to participants in the CMAA Colloquium several years ago when it was held in Salt Lake City, UT:
Perhaps this might serve as a foundation for your future work with young singers in your parish.