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Voice classifications

  1. 1. Voice Classifications
  2. 2. Voice classification refers to the characteristics of acertain person’s voice
  3. 3. So how many classifications are there?
  4. 4. More than you may think!
  5. 5. For a basic choir, there are four main voiceclassifications.
  6. 6. Soprano
  7. 7. Alto
  8. 8. Tenor
  9. 9. Bass
  10. 10. What about solo performers?
  11. 11. They have a few more classifications oftheir own!
  12. 12. Soprano is the highest vocal classification.
  13. 13. Some further classifications for soprano includecoloratura (very high range and vocal agility), lyric(bright and full sound), and dramatic (darker fullsound)
  14. 14. Mezzo-soprano is the middle classification of thefemale voice.
  15. 15. Some further classifications for mezzo-soprano includecoloratura, lyric, and dramatic.
  16. 16. Contralto is the lowest classification of the female voiceand the most rare.
  17. 17. Some further classifications for contralto includecoloratura, lyric, and dramatic.
  18. 18. Countertenor is the highest male classification.
  19. 19. Some further classifications for countertenorinclude Sopranist (a Soprano-range), castrato, andHaute-contre.
  20. 20. Tenor is the next highest male voice classification.
  21. 21. Some further classifications for tenor includeLeggiero (high and light quality), lyric, anddramatic.
  22. 22. Baritone is the middle male voice classification and themost common.
  23. 23. Some further classifications for Baritone include BelCanto (coloratura), lyric, and dramatic.
  24. 24. Bass is the lowest male voice classification.
  25. 25. Some further classifications for Bass include BassoCantante (high and light), dramatic, and BassoProfondo (lowest bass voice).
  26. 26. So which is for you?
  27. 27. It depends on more than just range!
  28. 28. Range, tessitura (where the voice ismost comfortable), and timbre (thevoice’s “color”) all help determinevoice type.
  29. 29. A typical voice does not mature until asinger is in their 20s…
  30. 30. …So don’t be surprised if yourclassification changes!

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