Found this link via A Cappella News and it reminded me of a conversation of a similar vein I had the other night with Two Weeks Notice’s Managing Director. Basically the question at hand, and one we didn’t resolve, is what do you do when you like to sing music that does not necessarily coincide with your vocal color (or, if you’re a music director, what do you do when one of your members wants to sing a song that doesn’t fit theirs?)
I’ll put myself out there as an example: every a cappella group I’ve ever been in has put me as an Alto II. This is probably for one or more of the following reasons:
What I find the most interesting though is that even when I have been singing A-2 for going on 10 years now, nearly every music director I’ve ever had (including those who’ve cast me as an A-2) has said that I am actually a Soprano II due to the my vocal color (light, bright, and a thinner vibrato). I can belt with the best of them and my vocal “money notes” are more in the D4-D5 range even though I get a big kick out the F3-F4 notes that I like singing.
So what do you do in a case like this, Music Directors? Do you put your singers in the voice parts they can sing and prefer to sing or do you put them where they sound best?