So You Want To Sing Sacred Music: A Guide For Performers by Matthew HochSo You Want To Sing Sacred Music: A Guide For Performers by Matthew Hoch

So You Want To Sing Sacred Music: A Guide For Performers

EditorMatthew Hoch

Paperback | December 14, 2016

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Sacred music traditions vary profoundly from one religion to the next. Even within the Christian faith, one can hear a wide variety of music among and within different denominations. Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals have all developed unique traditions. Many people are not exposed to multiple faith experiences in their upbringings, which can make exploring an unfamiliar sacred music style challenging. Because of this, singers and teachers regularly encounter religious singing styles to which they have not yet been exposed.In So You Want to Sing Sacred Music, multiple contributors offer a broad overview of sacred singing in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Evan Kent, Anthony Ruff, Matthew Hoch, and Sharon L. Radionoff share their expertise on topics as diverse as Jewish cantorial music, Gregorian chant, post-Vatican II Catholic music, choral traditions, and contemporary Christian music. This plethora of styles represents the most common traditions encountered by amateur and emerging professional singers when exploring sacred performance opportunities. In each chapter, contributors consider liturgical origins, musical characteristics, training requirements, repertoire, and resources for each of these traditions. The writers-all professional singers and teachers with rich experience singing these styles-also discuss vocal technique as it relates to each style. Contributors also offer professional advice for singers seeking work within each tradition's institutional settings, surveying the skills needed while offering practical advice for auditioning and performing successfully in the world of sacred music. So You Want to Sing Sacred Music is a helpful resource for any singer looking to add sacred performance to their portfolio or seeking opportunities and employment where sacred music is practiced and performed. Additional chapters by Scott McCoy, Wendy LeBorgne, and Matthew Edwards address universal questions of voice science and pedagogy, vocal health, and audio enhancement technology.The So You Want to Sing series is produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Like all books in the series, So You Want to Sing Sacred Music features online supplemental material on the NATS website. Please visit to access style-specific exercises, audio and video files, and additional resources.
Matthew Hoch is associate professor of voice and coordinator of voice studies at Auburn University. He is the author of several books, including A Dictionary for the Modern Singer. He holds the BM from Ithaca College, MM from the Hartt School, and DMA from the New England Conservatory. Dr. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence...
Title:So You Want To Sing Sacred Music: A Guide For PerformersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.93 × 5.94 × 0.56 inPublished:December 14, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Singing Sacred Music (Matthew Hoch)Chapter 1 - Jewish Traditions (Evan Kent)Liturgical Origins Music in the Bible Beyond Biblical Times The Modern CantorMusical Characteristics What Is Cantorial Music? Three Categories of Music Three Major Ethnic GroupsTraining Requirements The Basics of Cantorial Education Admissions: General Information Some First StepsSeminaries Offering Cantorial Education General Course of Study for Cantorial Education Training Programs for Cantors: The Six SeminariesNon-Cantorial Opportunities to Sing Jewish MusicRepertoire and Resources Online Sound Archives Jewish Music Publishers Basic Repertoire SuggestionsFinal Thoughts Chapter 2 - Gregorian Chant and Polyphony (Anthony Ruff)Liturgical Origins Side Bar: Liturgical Timeline Side Bar: Liturgical Calendar Side Bar: Liturgical Terminology Side Bar: Names of Offices Chart: Structure of MassMusical Characteristics Modality Treatment of TextTraining Requirements and Execution Vocal Technique Interpretation Pronunciation Translation Tempo, Note-Lengthening, and Breathing Men and Women Singing Together ConductingRepertoire and ResourcesFinal ThoughtsChapter 3 - Contemporary Catholic Directions (Anthony Ruff) Liturgical OriginsFrom Trent to Vatican IIThe Catholic Reformation and the Birth of the Baroque Two Streams of Catholic Sacred Choral Music A Catholic Ethos of Sacred Music? Musical Characteristics and Repertoire Navigating the Choral Repertoire Musical Performance within the Liturgy The Mass The Requiem Liturgy of the Hours Sacred Choral Music alongside the Liturgy High Mass, Low Mass, and Vernacular Hymnody Sacred Music in Concert The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) The Liturgy Constitution: Sacrosanctum Concilium Chapter VI of the Liturgy Constitution The Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council Sing to the Lord: Basic Orientation Sacred Music, Liturgical Music, or Pastoral Music? Congregation versus Choir? Schools of Thought in Catholic Liturgical Music A Step into the Past: Summorum Pontificum and the "Extraordinary Form"Performance Skills for Music in the LiturgyStructures and OrganizationsFinal ThoughtsChapter 4 - Sacred Choral Traditions (Matthew Hoch)Liturgical Origins, Musical Characteristics, and Repertoire Historical Overview Protestant Choral Genres Liturgical Considerations The OrganTraining Requirements Training to Be a Professional Chorister Technical and Stylistic Differences between Choral and Solo Singing Some Thoughts on Vibrato Sight Reading and Musicianship Diction and Language Coping with Vocal Fatigue Church Jobs: Securing Work as a Professional Chorister Auditioning Practical Skills - It's Not Just about How Well You Sing! Diversify Your Skill Set Do I Have to Be Religious? Summer Work - Where to Sing (and Make Money) When Choirs Aren't in SessionAdditional Resources Listening to Church Music Where to Experience Sacred Choral Music Professional Organizations Further Reading Final Thoughts Chapter 5 - Contemporary Christian Music (Sharon Radionoff)Liturgical Origins Historical Context Group 1: 1940-1960 Inlay: Ralph Carmichael Group 2: 1961-1989 Inlay: Bill Gaither Group 3: 1990-present Megachurches Houseplant Churches Mainstream RockMusical CharacteristicsTraining RequirementsVocal Technique and Contemporary Christian MusicRepertoire and ResourcesFinal ThoughtsChapter 6 - Singing and Voice Science (Scott McCoy) Pulmonary System: The Power Source of Your Voice Larynx: The Vibrator of Your Voice Vocal Tract: Your Source of Resonance Mouth, Lips, and Tongue: Your Articulators Final ThoughtsChapter 7- Vocal Health and the Singer of Sacred Music (Wendy LeBorgne) General Physical Wellbeing Considerations for Whole Body Wellness Nutrition Hydration Tea, Honey, and Gargle to Keep the Throat Healthy Medications and the Voice Reflux and the Voice Physical Exercise Mental Wellness Vocal Wellness: Injury Prevention Train like an Athlete for Vocal Longevity Vocal Fitness Program Speak Well, Sing Well Avoid Environmental Irritants: Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs Smart Practice Strategies for Skill Development and Voice Conservation Specific Vocal Wellness Concerns for the Sacred Music Vocalist Vocal Wellness Tips for Traditional Worship Contemporary Christian Singers Final ThoughtsVocal Health: A BibliographyChapter 8 - Using Audio Enhancement Technology (Matthew Edwards) The Fundamentals of Sound Frequency Amplitude Harmonics Resonance Signal Chain Microphones Equalization (EQ) Compression Reverb Delay Auto-Tune Digital Voice Processors The Basics of Live Sound Systems Microphone Technique Final Thoughts Glossary

Editorial Reviews

So You Want to Sing Sacred Music covers a wide spectrum of music in regard to both style and historical context.. It is an excellent overview of the liturgical music of the Judeo- Christian tradition, and singers will find it a helpful reference.