So You Want to Sing Sacred Music: A Guide for Performers (So You Want to Sing 6)

So You Want to Sing Sacred Music: A Guide for Performers (So You Want to Sing 6)

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Sacred music traditions vary profoundly from one religion to the next. Even within the Christian faith, one can hear a wide variety of music among and within different denominations. Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals have all developed unique traditions. Many people are not exposed to multiple faith experiences in their upbringings, which can make exploring an unfamiliar sacred music style challenging. Because of this, singers and teachers regularly encounter religious singing styles to which they have not yet been exposed. In So You Want to Sing Sacred Music, multiple contributors offer a broad overview of sacred singing in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Evan Kent, Anthony Ruff, Matthew Hoch, and Sharon L. Radionoff share their expertise on topics as diverse as Jewish cantorial music, Gregorian chant, post-Vatican II Catholic music, choral traditions, and contemporary Christian music. This plethora of styles represents the most common traditions encountered by amateur and emerging professional singers when exploring sacred performance opportunities. In each chapter, contributors consider liturgical origins, musical characteristics, training requirements, repertoire, and resources for each of these traditions. The writers-all professional singers and teachers with rich experience singing these styles-also discuss vocal technique as it relates to each style. Contributors also offer professional advice for singers seeking work within each tradition's institutional settings, surveying the skills needed while offering practical advice for auditioning and performing successfully in the world of sacred music. So You Want to Sing Sacred Music is a helpful resource for any singer looking to add sacred performance to their portfolio or seeking opportunities and employment where sacred music is practiced and performed. Additional chapters by Scott McCoy, Wendy LeBorgne, and Matthew Edwards address universal questions of voice science and pedagogy, vocal health, and audio enhancement technology. The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Like all books in the series, So You Want to Sing Sacred Music features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.

About Author

Matthew Hoch is associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University. He is the author of several books, including A Dictionary for the Modern Singer. He holds the BM from Ithaca College, MM from the Hartt School, and DMA from the New England Conservatory. Dr. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He actively performs art song, opera, chamber music, and in professional choral settings. Evan Kent is an oleh chadash ("new immigrant") to Israel, having moved in the summer of 2013. Previously, he was the cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles for 25 years, also serving on the faculty of Hebrew Union College (the seminary for the Reform movement of Judaism) for 15 years. Dr. Kent's publications have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, Sh'ma Magazine, and Conservative Judaism. He also holds a doctorate in music education from Boston University. He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, where he teaches classes in both contemporary and historic Jewish music. In addition to his musical and educational pursuits, Evan is an avid runner, having completed multiple marathons and ultra-marathons. Sharon L. Radionoff is director of the Sound Singing Institute, as well as singing voice specialist/voice technologist at the Texas Voice Center in Houston. She is an active clinician, lecturer, researcher and author. She is the author of two books-The Vocal Instrument (Plural Publishing) and Faith and Voice (Inkwater Books)-as well as many articles and book chapters. Dr. Radionoff earned a BME from Eastern Michigan University, a MM from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She also completed a professional fellowship at the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research Center in Philadelphia under Dr. Robert T. Sataloff. Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB is a monk of St John's Abbey and associate professor of theology at St John's University/School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. He is the founding director of the National Catholic Youth Choir. He chaired the international committee that wrote the English chant for the 2011 Roman Missal. He has published several books and articles in his specialties of hymnody, Gregorian chant, liturgy, and liturgical music. He is moderator of the popular liturgy blog "Pray Tell."


Introduction - Singing Sacred Music (Matthew Hoch) Chapter 1 - Jewish Traditions (Evan Kent) Liturgical Origins Music in the Bible Beyond Biblical Times The Modern Cantor Musical Characteristics What Is Cantorial Music? Three Categories of Music Three Major Ethnic Groups Training Requirements The Basics of Cantorial Education Admissions: General Information Some First Steps Seminaries Offering Cantorial Education General Course of Study for Cantorial Education Training Programs for Cantors: The Six Seminaries Non-Cantorial Opportunities to Sing Jewish Music Repertoire and Resources Online Sound Archives Jewish Music Publishers Basic Repertoire Suggestions Final Thoughts Chapter 2 - Gregorian Chant and Polyphony (Anthony Ruff) Liturgical Origins Side Bar: Liturgical Timeline Side Bar: Liturgical Calendar Side Bar: Liturgical Terminology Side Bar: Names of Offices Chart: Structure of Mass Musical Characteristics Modality Treatment of Text Training Requirements and Execution Vocal Technique Interpretation Pronunciation Translation Tempo, Note-Lengthening, and Breathing Men and Women Singing Together Conducting Repertoire and Resources Final Thoughts Chapter 3 - Contemporary Catholic Directions (Anthony Ruff) Liturgical Origins From Trent to Vatican II The Catholic Reformation and the Birth of the Baroque Two Streams of Catholic Sacred Choral Music A Catholic Ethos of Sacred Music? Musical Characteristics and Repertoire Navigating the Choral Repertoire Musical Performance within the Liturgy The Mass The Requiem Liturgy of the Hours Sacred Choral Music alongside the Liturgy High Mass, Low Mass, and Vernacular Hymnody Sacred Music in Concert The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) The Liturgy Constitution: Sacrosanctum Concilium Chapter VI of the Liturgy Constitution The Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council Sing to the Lord: Basic Orientation Sacred Music, Liturgical Music, or Pastoral Music? Congregation versus Choir? Schools of Thought in Catholic Liturgical Music A Step into the Past: Summorum Pontificum and the " Extraordinary Form" Performance Skills for Music in the Liturgy Structures and Organizations Final Thoughts Chapter 4 - Sacred Choral Traditions (Matthew Hoch) Liturgical Origins, Musical Characteristics, and Repertoire Historical Overview Protestant Choral Genres Liturgical Considerations The Organ Training Requirements Training to Be a Professional Chorister Technical and Stylistic Differences between Choral and Solo Singing Some Thoughts on Vibrato Sight Reading and Musicianship Diction and Language Coping with Vocal Fatigue Church Jobs: Securing Work as a Professional Chorister Auditioning Practical Skills - It's Not Just about How Well You Sing! Diversify Your Skill Set Do I Have to Be Religious? Summer Work - Where to Sing (and Make Money) When Choirs Aren't in Session Additional Resources Listening to Church Music Where to Experience Sacred Choral Music Professional Organizations Further Reading Final Thoughts Chapter 5 - Contemporary Christian Music (Sharon Radionoff) Liturgical Origins Historical Context Group 1: 1940-1960 Inlay: Ralph Carmichael Group 2: 1961-1989 Inlay: Bill Gaither Group 3: 1990-present Megachurches Houseplant Churches Mainstream Rock Musical Characteristics Training Requirements Vocal Technique and Contemporary Christian Music Repertoire and Resources Final Thoughts Chapter 6 - Singing and Voice Science (Scott McCoy) Pulmonary System: The Power Source of Your Voice Larynx: The Vibrator of Your Voice Vocal Tract: Your Source of Resonance Mouth, Lips, and Tongue: Your Articulators Final Thoughts Chapter 7- Vocal Health and the Singer of Sacred Music (Wendy LeBorgne) General Physical Wellbeing Considerations for Whole Body Wellness Nutrition Hydration Tea, Honey, and Gargle to Keep the Throat Healthy Medications and the Voice Reflux and the Voice Physical Exercise Mental Wellness Vocal Wellness: Injury Prevention Train like an Athlete for Vocal Longevity Vocal Fitness Program Speak Well, Sing Well Avoid Environmental Irritants: Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs Smart Practice Strategies for Skill Development and Voice Conservation Specific Vocal Wellness Concerns for the Sacred Music Vocalist Vocal Wellness Tips for Traditional Worship Contemporary Christian Singers Final Thoughts Vocal Health: A Bibliography Chapter 8 - Using Audio Enhancement Technology (Matthew Edwards) The Fundamentals of Sound Frequency Amplitude Harmonics Resonance Signal Chain Microphones Equalization (EQ) Compression Reverb Delay Auto-Tune Digital Voice Processors The Basics of Live Sound Systems Microphone Technique Final Thoughts Glossary

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  • ISBN13: 9781442256996
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
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