Theatre Voices is unique in that we’re NOT a choir. We’re an ensemble. Most of the musical arrangements are geared towards the individual group and their needs. Often we avoid the usual four-part harmony, but not necessary a simplified arrangement, in fact quite often the arrangement can be more complex. Choosing the right repertoire for a group can be challenging. Finding the right balance is as important as it is with any professional singer or ensemble. The right repertoire can be challenging and raise the ability of the ensemble whereas the wrong repertoire can weaken the group. Each group has its own dynamic and personality, perfecting existing repertoire is just as an important part of rehearsal as learning new material. All our members are challenged in the way we divide the group; the way the group is divided on one song is not necessarily how it will be divided on another. Members are encouraged to solo, perhaps only a line or two for the less confident but again finding the right repertoire which allows for this is challenging.
Musical Theatre repertoire is like an iceberg; the top ten percent is visible, the showstopper we all know and love from the blockbuster musical we all know from the West End and Broadway. However it’s the other ninety percent that is far more challenging and interesting. The lesser well-known musicals that don’t make it to the West End or Broadway or in fact were never intended for that kind of performance. The chamber musicals, the small-scale musicals, musicals by lesser well-known composers and writers yet no less talented that their more commercial brethren.
There’s a gold mine of material out there and it’s definitely worth digging to find it.