There are times in life when I am absolutely certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that music, singing, movement and dancing, are how we heal ourselves. Most times it's so enjoyable to sing in a concert or to take in a performance that it's not conscious, it's not a conscious choice that you or I would go to a concert or trot off to a gig with the idea in mind, "Today I will heal people. I sing so that I may heal others." Sometimes, sure, when I know that a person who is having a hard time is...
YES! Just like the organist at your wedding, your child's piano teacher and your high school choir teacher, singers get paid for singing.
Singers add a special emotional, spiritual element to many occasions and they may already be working in music positions you're not aware of. Did you know that many church choirs have section leaders in the different voice parts? And that many private parties hire singers and other musicians for cocktail hours and general entertainment?
Here's a sampler list...
This is the #1 question I get asked by concert audience members and people I meet on the street.
Let's start with choir voice types. In a choir, people sit in sections: sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. You’ll probably recognize the names soprano and alto from choir in school. This is different from an actual voice classification, as there are more of those than there are choir voice types.
There are three voice classifications for women:
- a soprano (the highest)
- a mezzo-soprano (in the...