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Academic Voices

Academic Voices is an open-access, non-auditioned choir. Entrance is by a short voice test to hear your range and to find out about your previous singing experience. Academic Voices is the choir for singers who already sing from music notation and would like to develop fluency in sight singing, and singing more adventurous music, in three or more parts and in a range of languages. Academic Voices is also the training choir for those who wish to join the Chamber Choir but need more experience or fluency in order to do so. Academic Voices will also welcome additional singers at the weekend festivals that take place each term, and this expanded choir will sing symphonic choral works with our new festival orchestra.


Rehearsals take place on Thursdays in term time, 18.30-20.30 in Building L29, London Road Campus. 


Academic Voices is conducted by Rebecca Berkley, for more information about Rebecca, click here.


If you are new to Music at Reading, or would like to come and hear about everything that we do, we would like to invite you to A Night of Music. You will get to meet the Music at Reading team, meet other musicians from around the University and local community, sign up for auditions and more, plus take part in a scratch performance in the Great Hall! For more information, click A Night of Music.

The musicianship focus for Academic Voices is:

Developing and refining your voice through technical exercises and physical work focused on breathing and posture to develop vocal strength and a range of different vocal tone colours.

Building two and three part hearing through group rhythm, pitch and harmony exercises and games so the individual singer may learn to work in the choral team

Refining your understanding of rhythm notation with a focus on delivering rhythmic feel in the music you're learning to sing

Developing pitch and tonality awareness through singing with solfa, focusing on effective intonation

Understanding how to modify individual vocal sound within the choral sound for effective communication with the audience

Exploring the idiosyncratic stylistic features of the choral repertoire that Academic Voices sing.

Learning to sing choral repertoire by heart

Please fill out the form below to sign up for more information and/or voice tests.


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