The Anatomy of Tone: Applying Voice Science to Choral Ensemble Pedagogy (Paperback)
A valuable resource for choral conductors, no matter the age or experience of their ensembles, this volume explores essential aspects of anatomy, physiology, and acoustics, then describes their impact on choral teaching and rehearsal. In addition, this book reviews groundbreaking scientific information on spacing of singers and its effect upon intonation and vocal health. This volume contains pedagogical information pertaining to: breathing, resonance, and formants in the choral rehearsal; structuring warm-ups; using the breath as a foundation of expression; using legato in rehearsal; choral spacing for balanced resonance; teaching specific vowels and their internal architectures; piano accompanying to support good vocalism; building listening skills; and more.
GRAMMY-nominated conductor James Jordan is Professor and Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Schola Cantorum and the internationally acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. Soprano Kathy Kessler Price is Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College, where she teaches and directs the Westminster Presser Voice Laboratory. Baritone Sean McCarther serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College.