Energetic Singing is the Key
Although the calendar year begins on January 1, the “choral year” usually begins in August or September. School choirs, church choirs, and community choirs across our country are all beginning a new season of music making right about now. With that in mind, I’d like to discuss in today’s blog a quality I think we should bring to this new year of singing, and in fact, to each rehearsal of the year. That quality is energy, and I believe it to be a key ingredient of good singing. Beauty and placement (resonance) are also important parts of fine singing, but it is energy that is on my mind as we start this season.
Consider the fact that the voice is a “living” instrument and that energy is the foundation of the sound created by that instrument. One of the essential differences between an excellent choir and a merely average choir is the energy the excellent choir brings to its performance. Realizing that a choir is made up of individuals will remind us of our personal responsibilities in creating choral energy. If each singer enters the rehearsal room with an attitude of enthusiasm and motivation, there will be a much better chance that choral energy will be achieved in the rehearsal.
Here are some synonyms for energy: animation, drive, intensity, spirit, vitality, zeal. Here, also, are several antonyms for the same word: idleness, inactivity, laziness, lethargy, tiredness. Which set of words would you wish to be used to describe a choir in which you sing? I would expect it to be the synonyms for energy, rather than the antonyms. I invite you to share your thoughts about how one can bring this special energy into rehearsals and then maintain it throughout the season.