Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Bridging the gap: The application of "classical" and "nonclassical" vocal pedagogy in the rehearsal and performance of diverse choral repertoire
by Dehn, Chelsea, M.M., California State University, Los Angeles, 2016, 95; 10147530
Abstract (Summary)

Throughout the twentieth century the choral canon expanded generously due to its avid adoption of new genres not typical of traditional Western music. The integration of novel sounds intrigued many composers and as a result, choral literature grew to encompass an abundance of world music. Consequently, a new question arises: in what manner should non-traditional choral music be performed?

For many years the accepted practice was to apply classical vocal technique (typically bel canto) to most choral repertoire regardless of its origin or background. Bel canto was simply considered the proper way to sing and other styles were thought of as crude and incorrect. As the choral community has sought to bring authenticity and diversity to the performance and programming of repertoire, the implementation of alternate vocal techniques has become more prevalent.

This project researches vocal production suitable for classical choral repertoire, as well as non-classical genres typically found in the choral field such as Shape-Note singing, Contemporary Commercial Music, Musical Theater, and World Music. The pedagogical differences between long-established classical vocal techniques, such as bel canto, and the contemporary vocal technique found in the instruction of Contemporary Commercial Music, are examined. Particular attention is given to the distinction of the timbral qualities produced by each varying pedagogy so as to provide a guide to selecting and achieving a desired timbre or tone for any given piece in a choral setting. A sampling of vocal warm ups and vocalise pertaining to belting, nasalized singing and overtone singing will be illustrated as a guide to gaining authentic timbres for specific choral pieces.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Belan, William
Commitee: MacNeil, Robert, Schubert, Joseph
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Music, Theatre and Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Pedagogy, Music education, Performing Arts
Keywords: Belt, Choral, Contemporary, Pedagogy, Technique, Vocal
Publication Number: 10147530
ISBN: 978-1-369-02755-6
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