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Transcript of SPEECH CHOIR
speech choir or choral speaking has a hallowed and proud tradition.
The first plays put on by
featured choruses of speakers.
Today, speech choir is a
popular teaching tool
, as well as a
operates like a music choir minus the music
. Instead of singing,
speech choirs perform spoken-word pieces.
is a powerful art that is experiencing a revival
A verse choir is a group of people experiencing together, expressing thoughts and feelings largely and freely for the purpose of communicating with each other and an audience, being led by a director and adapting themselves to the disciplines of the art of group oral interpretation."
Choral Speaking and the Verse Choir
Conventional Speech Choir
has no use of costumes, nor props, nor choreography
the choir simply speaks or read
A speech choir is typically the same size as a singing choir having anywhere from
12-100 members or more.
More schools and competitions feature choirs of 25 to 40 members.
typically poems or poetic passage
such as from Greek dramas or Shakespeare's plays.
in the Greek tradition, speech choirs marched from side to side in alternating patterns called “strophe” and “aristrophe”.
sequence of steps and movements
Costumes can be
as matching outfits or robes.
The ability to combine successfully the light, medium, and dark voices in the choir.
The ability to communicate, through voice, reactions to thoughts or emotions.
It refers to the
variations of the voice
on the musical scale is
generally referred to as infection.
use volume, force or loudness
as emphasis in appropriate places
to better express feeling and meaning.
It refers to the
rate of speed
at which a reading progresses. The
ability to balance the rhythm
The ability to
successfully organized and position the choir on stage
or risers for performance effect.
The ability to
stage entrances and exits
which enhance the mood of the poem and performance.
it is also called the
Thank you for Listening!!
Noting where it makes sense to take breath, so you don't interrupt the word flow but have enough breath to make it through the line.
Breathing in performance links you with your whole group, calms your nerves, and gives your performance life.
Articulation and Diction
By practicing your articulation and diction, your
words will be clear and vibrant.
Diction is a learned skill; articulate strongly in rehearsal and in your everyday life.
Connection to the Group
choir is your family
Listen to those around you. Connecting with them will eliminate any stage fright. If anything unexpected happens, the group must respond and correct together.
text is your guide
, it’s what the audience came to see and hear you perform.
"Let your audience “see’ what you are saying."
"Let your personal reaction to the words sprinkle meaning on the performance."