On your first visit an MNC chorus rehearsal, please plan to arrive at 6:15. A member of our music team will voice-place you. That simply means she’ll listen to your voice and determine your most comfortable range. Then you join us on the risers, standing next to a member singing the same part: Tenor, Lead, Baritone, or Bass. Descriptions of each part from Sweet Adelines International:
- Lead is the melody and is sung in the range between A below middle C, and C above middle C.
- Tenor is a harmony part sung consistently above the lead. Although tenor is the highest voice in barbershop harmony, it should not be confused with soprano of conventional singing groups. The tenor should have a light, sweet, pure tone that will compliment but not overpower the lead voice.
- Baritone covers approximately the same range as lead. The baritone harmony notes cross the lead notes; sometimes sung below and sometimes above. Baritones must constantly adjust their balance to accommodate their position in the chord.
- Bass singers should have a rich, mellow voice and be able to sing the E flat below middle C easily. Basses should not be confused with the alto of conventional groups. Many altos can sing the bass part, but others are much better suited to lead or baritone, depending on range and vocal quality.