A dream rehearsal!
From the answers to the EYSI, it seems that the choir leaders would like to devote attention to the following matters in their dream rehearsal:
- Singing in harmony
- Correct breathing
- Voice warm-up
- Voice care
- Training of the inner ear
- Stage presence
All the above aspects were chosen by at least two-thirds of the choir leaders. However, bearing in mind the clear concern for good voice welfare, there are two surprising omissions from this otherwise excellent list: dealing with stress and voice warm-down. The importance of these two aspects should not be underestimated. Only 20% of choir leaders included these items in their dream rehearsal.
The choir leaders were also asked to list the things to which they do actually devote attention during an average rehearsal. The most popular answers were as follows:
- The correction of errors [not an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Voice warm-up [also an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Singing in harmony [also an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Correct breathing [also an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Posture [also an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Articulation [also an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Singing exercises [not an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Tonality [not an element in their dream rehearsal]
- Discipline [not an element in their dream rehearsal]
Once again the elements dealing with stress and voice warm-down were only mentioned by 10% of the choir leaders as a regular part of their actual rehearsals (= even lower than during their dream rehearsal).
Half of the young singers admit that they sometimes talk in the choir. One in three claims that they have problems with fellow singers who do not do what they have said they would do (not keeping agreements). 42% say that other members of the choir have a problem to concentrate properly.
|Not keeping agreements||39.3%||80.9%|
More information is needed about the influence of stress on the voice and the importance of voice warm-down. Talking and singing at the highest level is also top sport, and top sportsmen always warm up and warm down.
Also see: Clammy hands and shaky voice