Voice change and the professional girl chorister

Sarah MacDonald
Lucy Poole

Issue Two | Page 23 | October 2021


Much research has been conducted regarding the male adolescent changing voice. By comparison, however, very few studies exist which investigate voice change in the female adolescent. Although this disparity is beginning to be addressed, there are still gaps in the literature, as well as shared experiences which need exploring. This article begins with a review of relevant literature, which delves into the ideology surrounding the issues. The second section of the article studies a group of elite young teenage girl choristers in an English cathedral, and considers how their lived experiences may differ from the suggested results of research thus far. Finally, the third section sets out a protocol for research, some of which is currently being undertaken by the authors.

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