There is no “I” in “choir.” Well, yes, technically there is the letter “i”, but a good choral group avoids having a distinguishable voice. A choir is not a collection of soloists, but rather a blend of quite an assortment of vocal sounds. The goal is a fully blended sound, capable of singing the complete range of human feelings as a team.
Choir directors spend a great deal of time and effort to achieve the perfect blend of voices within a section, and blending the sections into one unified sound. Sometimes singers are placed where their voices will complement a different quality of voice next to them. Singers may be asked as an individual or a group to change their pronunciation of a word to be quite different from how we would normally speak it.
Directors sometimes need to walk a fine line between diplomacy and improving a section’s sound. The longer a group such as Opus 24 performs together, the easier it is to come close to the perfect blend. Our talented and experienced conductor is especially fortunate to have such capable singers (especially the tenor section) who understand and work hard to match their voices for that one sound which a section strives so hard to create.
Decatur Choral Society