The Developing Female Chorister Voice: Case-Study Evidence of Musical Development

David Howard, Graham Welch, Evangelos Himonides, Matthew Owens

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The human singing voice changes throughout the lifespan and there are gender-specific variations that need to be taken into account. Life changes in terms of voice are different for females and males and this paper concentrates on the female singing voice in the context of choral singing. Case-study data from three choristers are presented relating to the changing female voice during puberty as part of a longitudinal study of female choristers in a major English Cathedral Choir School. In addition, discussion is presented on important considerations with respect to the female choral singing voice with a particular focus on specific choral aspects during rehearsals and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Voice
Early online date21 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2018


  • singing
  • choral performance
  • girls
  • acoustics of singing

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