Magic Choral Trick #274 Brass and Woodwind Voices

I know I’ve mentioned (in other blogs) the natural timbre of each singer’s voice as being important for finding the optimal standing arrangement. But I always find it useful to shed light on a subject in as many different ways as possible.


If this were a concert band, which voices would be brass instruments, and which would be woodwinds?

Some voices are naturally forward and bright (and big – like a brass instrument), and some are a bit lighter, or a little further back (more woodwind-like. These are the voices that have an easier time blending)

When taking these different voice types into account, it’s absolutely worth taking the time to experiment with different standing arrangements.

Having the ‘brass’ voices at the back or in the centre of the section, and the ‘woodwinds’ at the front and sides of the group seems to help instantly – and is a good place to start.

This way, my powerhouse singers can use their naturally big voices without me constantly being on their case to back it off – and my lighter singers – who are in front will be encouraged, and feel more confident about singing out.

Related blog posts

This is my previous blog about getting very different voices to match better:

Here are a couple of other blogs in which I discussed the magic of discovering just the right standing arrangement:

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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