Development and Utilization of Vibrato and Non-Vibrato Singing in Choral Music
Bragg, Kari A.
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A divide exists between the choral world and the world of solo voice, making many voice teachers apprehensive about having their students participate in choral ensembles. The root of this concern lies in the use of non-vibrato or straight-tone singing. Many choral directors view non-vibrato as necessary for blend, intonation, and style, but voice teachers see it as contrary to healthy vocalism. However, there are a variety of sources available that lend credence to the use of both vibrato and non-vibrato tones, so long as they are produced in a healthy way. It is the responsibility of the choral director to foster the development of the whole singer and to make decisions based on the vocal health of the ensemble members. The purpose of this study is to aid directors in making informed decisions regarding when and how to utilize vibrato and non-vibrato to produce performances that are historically accurate, musically fulfilling, and vocally healthy.