Singing Tips

Registration Form for the Adult Summer Singing Workshop 2012


Registration Form for the Adult Summer Singing Workshop 2012


Please return this completed form with a cheque to cover the cost of the registration fee by July 6, 2012. 

For information on Summer 2013 singing workshops, contact

Please note that a package of choral music for the workshop will be available for pick-up from Redeemer Lutheran Church after July 6th.  You tube links (if available) for the pieces will also be e-mailed out to all participants at the end of June.


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Please note: you are asked to prepare one solo song that you would like to sing during the workshop.  Please bring at least 2 copies of the sheet music with you to the workshop.



If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Farrell at, or Siri Olesen at (604) 421-1202, or



Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in August!


Trying to be tension free…

Tension in the body = tension in the voice (and tension in the voice can lead to ‘vocal fry’ or more serious damage)
The next time you go to sing, be aware of your body- are you standing or sitting with relaxed but solid spinal alignment? Is your neck and face relaxed and aligned? Try massaging your face while you sing to make sure that there is no tension there. Notice if it feels like you are “holding” or tight anywhere in your body. Look in the mirror and sing: How is your head aligned? Do you jut out your chin or tilt your neck when you sing? When your body is aligned you’ll find that you don’t tire as easily, and your voice will be more free and flexible.
Go ahead and ask for that massage- your voice will thank you!

What the heck is “Passaggio”?!

Sing a slow “sliding siren” noise from very low to very high. Do you feel a “flip” or “break” or “lift point” on certain notes as you go- where your voice moves from one place of resonance to another? (Chest Resonance to Head Resonance for example) Some singers complain that it’s difficult to sing “on the break” notes- also called the passaggio-where this change occurs. It’s our goal as singers, to be able to sing with consistent beautiful tone in all registers, at all dynamics, on all vowels. Often pop singers “push” and strain their voices by trying to sing with chest resonance up past the passaggio into the higher registers. Making the transition across the passagio as seamless as possible is an important skill for good singers:
~Try to take the weight out of your voice but keep the air flowing as you negotiate the passaggio.
~Isolate the specific issue causing problems for you: is it airflow, vowel, space… and work at exercises to help that.
~Ask for help from one of our expert vocal coaches!

The Ooooh Position


Our Boychoir director and Baritone soloist Riley McMitchell, made us all laugh at rehearsal recently when he shared this story:  Riley was singing in Germany, and feeling tense about his singing. From Germany, he phoned his teacher in Indiana- the Romanian soprano and master vocal coach Virginia Zeani. Over the phone lesson, she said to Riley:

“My dear, put eeet in zee oooh pozishan…..  
now, how is your life?”

Riley says that it’s funny how such a simple thing makes such a difference.  It really does solve a lot of vocal issues.  “It’s one of the things I always come back to when something isn’t working… especially in a performance situation.”

Put it in the “oooh” position. See what happens with YOUR singing! Maybe your life will improve too!

Thanks for sharing this wisdom Riley!