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Chapter 6: Singing in Contemporary Musicals

Performing in Contemporary Musicals
Chapter 6: Singing in Contemporary Musicals

Online Resources


Why Technique is Important 

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Three Modes of Singing 


Applying Vocal Technique to Various Musical Styles 


Translating Direction into the Voice



Recommended Resources


Recommended Reading: Vocal Writing in Contemporary Musicals

  1. Freeman, Warren, Green, Kathryn, and Sargent, Philip. (2015). “Popular Song and Musical Theatre: Deciphering Vocal Demands for Today’s Broadway Leading Ladies.” Journal of Singing, Vol. 71, No. 4 (March/April, 2015), 491-495.

  2. Huston, Caitlin. 2019. “Speaking out about vocal injuries on Broadway.” Broadway News, September 19, 2019. 

  3. Sisco, David. 2015. “Vocal Health on Broadway and Beyond.” NATS Conference, Chicago, July 9, 2016. Video of lecture.  

  4. Sisco, David. n.d. “Writing for Today’s Musical Theatre Performer.” 


Recommended Reading: Understanding the Singing Voice

  1. Emgård, Harald. 2021. Developing Your Voice: From Personal to Professional. Release Date TBD: Methuen.

  2. Malde, Melissa, Allen, MaryJean, and Zeller, Kurt-Alexander. 2017. What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body, 3rd ed. San Diego: Plural Publishing.

  3. MCoy, Scott. 2019. Your Voice: An Inside View, 3rd ed. Ohio: Inside View Press.

  4. LeBorgne, Wendy and Rosenberg, Marci. 2021. The Vocal Athlete, 2nd ed. San Diego: Plural Publishing. 

  5. Spivey, Norman and Barton-Saunders, Mary. 2018. Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. San Diego: Plural Publishing. 


Recommended Reading: Singing in Contemporary Styles

  1. Borch, Daniel Zangger. 2008. Ultimate Vocal Voyage: The Definitive Method for Unleashing the Rock, Pop or Soul Singer Within You. Sweden: Notfabriken Music Publishing AB.

  2. Harrison, Scott D. and O’Bryan, Jessica, eds. 2014. Teaching singing in the 21st Century. Dordretch: Springer.

  3. Malone, Bill C. and Neal, Jocelyn R. 2010. Country music, U.S.A., 3rd. rev. ed. Austin: University of Texas Press.

  4. Melton, Joan. 2007. Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors. New York: Allworth Press.

  5. Sanders, Sheri. 2021. Rock the Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals, 2nd rev. ed. Brooklyn, NY: Rock the Audition.

  6. Soto-Morettini, Donna. 2014. Popular singing: a Practical Guide to Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel, 2nd ed. London: A&C Black.

  7. Titze, Ingo, Worley, Albert S., and Story, Brad H. 2011. “Source-Vocal Tract Interaction in Female Operatic Singing and Theater Belting.” Journal of Singing, Vol. 67, No. 5 (May/June, 2011), 561-572.