Guidelines for the classical singer of non-classical American song
Pilkington, Jonathan Wayne
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This document addresses the issues of performance of non-classical songs by classically trained singers and provides performance practice guidelines for the classical singer when singing non-classical repertoire, specifically American folk songs, African American spirituals, and American standards. Although many non-classical genres (Contemporary Commercial Music) require changes of vocal technique, the genres discussed in this document were specially selected because they require little to no alteration of classical singing technique in order to sing them. Instead, the performance practice guidelines discussed involve changes in style. The intent of this document is to serve the needs of the classically trained singer who needs to occasionally sing non-classical songs, whether in recital, for a cabaret performance, or for various other settings. When appropriate repertoire is chosen and certain stylistic elements are applied, a more pleasing and authentic performance may be given.