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When There Are No Wrong Notes
Freeing the Voice through Improvisation

by Ellen Denham


“Just make up the notes?” We were undergraduates in an acting for singers class at the North Carolina School of the Arts when our professor, Martin Rader, asked us to improvise singing the dialogue in the scenes from plays he had assigned us. As I recall, much of what we sang sounded like Mozart recitative—which made sense, as we all sang lots of Mozart. Suddenly, we were much less stiff. We were in our element: as opera-singers-in-training, singing our lines came naturally to us. Too bad, I thought, that as a classical singer, I wouldn’t get the chance to do more of this.

Years later, as a voice teacher, I find myself increasingly using improvisation as a technique to free my students’ voices and their creativity. I recently discovered that I am not alone in this. Ann Baltz, founder and artistic director of the highly successful training program OperaWorks, uses improvisation not only as a tool for her students but also to create new works for performance, even incorporating audien...

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