hhw vocal program
L to R: Roderick Dixon of the “3 Mo’ Tenors”and
Co-Founder/Instructor, Daniel Henry.
Preparing the National Anthem “Star Spangled Banner” for the Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at McCormick Place.
HHW uses the Bel Canto method to develop vocal techniques. Bel Canto is the Italian vocal technique and style of the 18th and early 19th centuries, with its emphasis on beauty, of sound thus the term which literally meant “beautiful singing”, more specifically, it is the method of singing a line of music with great ‘legato’ or smoothness. This method of singing is a strong vocal technique for all kinds of singing. Although this method will not make you an opera singer, it does create an excellent foundation for the highest and purest form of vocal preparation. Our vocal foundation classes are rooted and grounded in the classics, because we believe the classically trained artist will be able to grow and protect their instrument regardless of which genre they choose to perform. Stylistic studies include vocal timbre, anatomical studies of the vocal mechanism, diction, vowel colors, range, oral and written traditions (notation/improvisation), attention to instrumentation, electronic effects, ornamentation and tuning. The students are taught history, music appreciation, sight reading, vocal nutrition, health tips, stage presentation and demeanor, plus improvisational techniques as used in the music of jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues. The following is a list of some of the music genre taught: