When I was a freshman in high school, my choir director, Mr. Goad, put me in the alto section. In my infinite 14-year-old wisdom, I assumed that meant I had a really low voice. The following year, I tested that theory by telling Mr. Goad that I was most likely going to need to sit in the tenor section because I’d discovered I had a really low voice. He laughed only a little – points for restraint to Mr. Goad – and told me he thought I’d be just fine in the alto section.

Later that year, my new private voice teacher showed me the vastness of my range and told me I was NOT an alto. She wanted Mr. Goad to move me to the soprano section. I was mystified, but I started to understand what my range was capable of.

That’s what I want for you.

Today, we’re going to talk about your vocal part, how it relates to your vocal range, and why you are, more than likely, not an alto either.