Question of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Will singing outside of the classical realm hurt my voice?
This is a real concern for many singers and a lot of the reason why “classical” singers tend to avoid jazz, musical theater and pop singing. Well, of course if you go out anywhere and scream, you’re likely going to screw up something important, but with the proper technique it seems that the variety would be a good thing, right? My teacher swears by what she calls the “Jekyll and Hyde” method in which singers are constantly changing their repertoire to keep the voice flexible. For example, if you sing a huge mess of Mahler in January, try some Bach in February.
Sounds good to me, but does this apply to genre, too? Take a listen to the amazing Jessye Norman singing a selection from her jazz album, Roots: My Life, My Song and decide for yourself. Leave a comment!