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Choir Coaching

Choral singing is something I would recommend to everybody because it brings people multiple benefits! However, coaching a choir has following challenges that need to be dealt with:
1) choir members have different levels of experience, ability and talent
2) many choral  singers have developed long-life habits of singing that might not be ideal and are hard to change
3) choral singers usually don’t practice  at home, especially not just the voice
4) many choral singers are afraid to sing alone, as they don’t know their voice and keep hiding it behind the group
5) ascending scales and similar vocal exercises aren’t effective but hugely accepted as the warming up process
6)  a choir conductor needs to go along with the vocal coach and support her work, otherwise it becomes counterproductive
7) people in general believe that vocal training is about technique instead of understanding that  it is mainly about gaining freedom in self-expression and learning how to access once true voice;

The Prague Lady Teachers Choir

I’ve been coaching the Prague ladies since the Autumn 2012. The best approach was the combination of small group coaching as well as participating in the choir rehearsals. The weakest point of their singing was the tendency of “falling flat” on certain tones. I was asked to help them with that. I took them through the basics to help them improve breathing and resonance. Finally we discovered that the lack of overtones (poor resonance), insufficient breath support and change of register (the voice break)- all together caused the sinking intonation on specific tones and vowels. The situation has improved since that, plus the motivation and enjoyment have grown. I love the overall sound of the choir very much and appreciate their ability to express emotions as well as pronouncing the words so clearly! Here’s a little taster of how they sing and how I coach them: