Your Choral Voice Type

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Your Choral Voice Type - Quiz

A simple personality test to determine what choral voice type you correspond to.


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Soprano

You're the leading lady, and you damn-well know it. Sopranos have the longest hair, the prettiest jewelry, the most expensive clothes, and - most importantly - the most beautiful part. Despite the prestige often associated with the soprano line (especially in more difficult material), they are a dime a dozen, and if you've got any weakness in the upper register (or any difficulty holding obscenely long notes while the middle voices move around) you'd probably be better off as an alto. Usually, sopranos can't stand to be seen with altos, much less to sing with them (unless, of course, the soprano has the more interesting part), and never fail to remind the altos that the soprano always gets the leading man. They tolerate tenors because they have to, but are really more fond of basses; the only part with which they feel no need to compete. In traditional voice classification, a soprano would be expected to have a range from C4 ("middle C") to C6 (the notorious "high C"), though this range is shifted down in choral music, typically lying from B-flat3 (the B-flat below "middle C") to G5 or A5 (just above the staff).

Alto

Traditionally, altos (or mezzo-sopranos, in more classical terminology) have supporting roles in the classical repertoire, though more and more contemporary musicals are featuring lower-voiced women as leads. In the choral setting, however, altos remain in the shadow of the sopranos in almost every arena, with one exception; they can read. In fact, many directors have been known to encourage altos by calling them "just sopranos who can read." Altos have a particular loathing for sopranos and a bit of resentment for tenors; after all, they sing in basically the same range and get way more credit for it than altos do. As is true with sopranos, they get along best with basses, whom they regard as sort of kindred spirits, saddled with the similar, thankless job of providing the boring - but necessary - harmonies. In the classical tradition, mezzo-sopranos would have an expected range of A3 to A5 and contraltos from C2 (a low note for tenors) all the way up to F5 (the F at the top of the staff), though the alto range in choral music is considerably smaller, usually spanning from F3 (low F, for women) to no higher than D5 or maybe E-flat5, though such notes are usually reserved for second sopranos.  
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    You think a singer's ability is determined by his or her...
    • A. 

      Musicianship and expression.

    • B. 

      High notes.

    • C. 

      Success.

    • D. 

      Individuality.

  • 2. 
    Your favorite pastime is...
    • A. 

      Nothing special... maybe a day at the mall with some friends.

    • B. 

      Hanging out with the true few - and usually some herb or some booze.

    • C. 

      Reading, writing, composing, or something else intellectually stimulating.

    • D. 

      Spreading rumors and talking smack about the girl in the row behind you.

  • 3. 
    In a partner, you look for...
    • A. 

      Someone laid-back and open-minded, who will love you for you.

    • B. 

      Someone heroic and attractive who'll sweep you off your feet.

    • C. 

      Someone pretty and demure who will let you feel like you're in control, even when you're not.

    • D. 

      Someone smart, but not smarter than you, who'll let you control the flow of discussion.

  • 4. 
    You'd like to sound like...
    • A. 

      Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera... nothing more impressive than whistle-register, after all.

    • B. 

      Stevie Nicks, Adele, or somebody equally folksy, with a nice, warm voice.

    • C. 

      The Plain White T's: lyrical and whiney, that's what you like.

    • D. 

      Jay-Z, Tupac... or somebody else who really doesn't sing at all.

  • 5. 
    Your choir director...
    • A. 

      Puts you on a pedestal.

    • B. 

      Couldn't care less whether you live or die.

    • C. 

      Is always telling you to shut up.

    • D. 

      Is always telling you to sing out.

  • 6. 
    Your most prized possession is...
    • A. 

      Your car - or something else equally expensive.

    • B. 

      Your face, of course.

    • C. 

      Your integrity.

    • D. 

      Your voice.

  • 7. 
    If there's one thing you can't stand, it's...
    • A. 

      People who think they're better than everyone else.

    • B. 

      People who hate you just because you're more talented than they are.

    • C. 

      Stupidity.

    • D. 

      Being forced to repeat your part because no one else can get theirs right.

  • 8. 
    You've always wanted to...
    • A. 

      Get filthy-stinking rich for doing pretty much nothing.

    • B. 

      Travel the world.

    • C. 

      Find the perfect soulmate.

    • D. 

      Devote your whole life to perfecting your voice.

  • 9. 
    What's most important to you?
    • A. 

      Ethics and integrity.

    • B. 

      Money and a roof over your head.

    • C. 

      Love, love, love!

    • D. 

      Perfection.

  • 10. 
    A piece that's perfect for your voice...
    • A. 

      Showcases all the dark, beautiful, sensual colors and partials in your voice.

    • B. 

      Is more about timing and expression than vocal athletics.

    • C. 

      Is beautiful and simple, but lets everyone know just how high you can get!

    • D. 

      Is intricate and probably took months of practice to learn, but probably isn't as well-suited to your voice as you think.

  • 11. 
    Your favorite time of day is...
    • A. 

      Noon; it's nice and hot, just like you!

    • B. 

      Morning, just because nobody else likes it.

    • C. 

      Nighttime; nothing fun happens when the sun's up.

    • D. 

      Evening; it's when your voice is at its best.

  • 12. 
    Your perfect man is...
    • A. 

      A good friend, with whom you can just kick back with a beer or four and watch the game.

    • B. 

      Someone who shares your passion and ambition.

    • C. 

      Someone thoughtful and intellectual, or just plain weird.

    • D. 

      Big and strong and loves to take care of you.

  • 13. 
    Your perfect woman is...
    • A. 

      A girlfriend with whom you can shop and gossip.

    • B. 

      Someone with a strong sense of self, who refuses to conform to the social norm.

    • C. 

      Someone nonmusical who will be thoroughly impressed by your abilities.

    • D. 

      Drop-dead gorgeous.

  • 14. 
    At choir rehearsal, you're most likely to get yelled at for...
    • A. 

      Whispering and conspiring.

    • B. 

      Talking while the other parts are rehearsing.

    • C. 

      Flirting.

    • D. 

      Openly disagreeing with with the director.

  • 15. 
    Your very best friend is...
    • A. 

      Your mirror.

    • B. 

      Jack.

    • C. 

      A great musician.

    • D. 

      A social outcast, like you.

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