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Voice Studio News & Fun
September 15, 2019 | Issue #7
Voice Technique: Larynx (aka Voice Box)
The larynx, commonly called the voice box, is an organ in the top of the neck of tetrapods involved in breathing, producing sound, and protecting the trachea against food aspiration. The larynx houses the vocal folds, and manipulates pitch and volume, which is essential for phonation. It is situated just below where the tract of the pharynx splits into the trachea and the esophagus. 

Here is an interesting video discussing the position of the larynx in singing. This video discusses position for contemporary singing, but has lots of good information no matter what style you sing.

Folk Song Favorites
Hava Nagila
This week's folk song favorite is Hava Nagila , an Israeli folk song in the Hebrew language, written in 1915 and traditionally sung at Jewish celebrations..

Check out some fun versions of the song:

Click here to download the song and sing or play for yourself!
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. Over 70 of her musical compositions are known, putting hers among the largest repertoires of medieval composers.

Below are some beautiful performances of her music, which is sung in the original Latin language. You might notice that it has the sound of "Gregorian chant," and is mainly sung by treble voices because Hildegard lived in a convent for most of her life and wrote liturgical music for the women there to sing.