So You Want To Sing Sacred Music by Hoch Matthew
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 www.nats.org to access style-specific exercises audio and video files and additional resources.