Falsetto Sotto Voce

Yesterday was the Christmas Candlelight Service at First Baptist DC, which, for the choir, meant a full day practicing with two other choirs and a brass ensemble. Musical highlights included Verdi’s Ave Maria (the one with the scala enigmatica, and no, I don’t know what Baptists were doing singing an Ave Maria) and Dirksen’s Welcome All Wonders (which sounded frightfully dissonant in rehearsal but seemed to even out a bit with the brass). The tenors have been lacking in number lately, so I offered to switch up to tenor from my standard baritone, just for the day.

The tenor parts were very, very high. Hence the title of this post.