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date: 18 June 2019

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Conductors of collegiate men’s choruses face unique challenges in building excellent choirs. They are likely to lead ensembles with disproportionately wide gaps between their most- and least-experienced singers, with a plurality or even majority of non-music majors—and may need to teach voice as much as they conduct. This chapter offers rehearsal techniques for these conductors which involve learning and utilizing vocal pedagogy, imparting basic phonation, and utilizing vocal tone exercises to build foundation and sound in a choir or glee club. They must then create a sense of community within their musically and vocally diverse choir; instill habits that lead to effective “core singing,” combining alignment, breathing technique, and resonance; and help male singers navigate shifts between their vocal registers.

Keywords: men’s chorus, core singing, rehearsal techniques, breathing technique, phonation, vocal resonance, vocal registers, glee club

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