A recent groundbreaking study published in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing seeks to investigate the interaction between singers and listeners. Conducted at the University of São Paulo and led by Professor Rafael Rego Gonçalves, the researchers sought to uncover how listener reactions affect the performance of music sung by choristers and how singers adjust their own performance as a result.
The experiment asked participants to sing three different types of vocalizations of increasing difficulty: a song from their native culture, a hymn, and an a cappella piece with no accompaniment. Throughout each rendition, participants’ performances were recorded and their reactions assessed. The researchers observed subtle changes in both vocalization and behavior when listeners either reacted positively or negatively to the performers’ efforts.
The results showed that when listeners had positive reactions to a performance, singers increased the complexity of their vocalization and held sustained notes for longer periods of time. Conversely, when listener reaction was negative, singers tended to simplify their vocalizations and reduce dynamic range. This suggests a strong connection between what individuals experience while singing and listener expectations or feedback.
The findings of this study offer new insight into how performers interact with their audiences—particularly those involved in choral singing. Most importantly, they supply us with insight that could be used to inform future vocal training and performance practices. The research could have bigger implications for our understanding of choral singing overall, and help singing teachers understand how critical audience support can be for encouraging relevant vocal performances from their students.
It’s been a hot topic in choral circles lately – the importance of research in the field of choral singing. Many choruses are striving to be more global in their outlook and reach, but it can be difficult to find reliable research on the topic. Luckily, there is now an International Journal of Research in Choral Singing (IJRCS), dedicated to advancing the knowledge of choral singing and its impact around the world.
The IJRCS is run by a distinguished editorial board from universities across Europe and North America. The journal publishes both empirical research and critical commentaries which are useful to choral singers, conductors, music theorists, and other members of the profession. This means readers can get both a global perspective on what’s happening with choral singing today and learn more about theoretical approaches to it.
The IJRCS offers an invaluable resource for those interested in current research matters regarding choral singing. Readers can find publications on diverse topics such as musical style, performance practices, and audience engagement. This peer-reviewed journal also publishes special issues with focuses on specific regions or issues related to choral singing.
In addition to its scholarly content, the IJRCS also supports community building activities such as workshops and conferences. Through these events, experts in the field can connect and share knowledge. This helps bring practitioners together to discuss various aspects of choral singing from a global perspective.
Overall, the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing provides an excellent platform for those in the field of choral singing to access high-quality research from across the globe. As more people become interested in choral singing topics such as pedagogy and repertoire development, this journal will become increasingly important for both scholars and practitioners alike.