Monday, March 06, 2023

The secret world of … Sopranos

This is a series of five posts looking in a light-hearted way at the different types of singers in a typical community choir.

First up are the Sopranos. Enjoy! In other posts I deal with Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Floaters.

Here are ten things I’ve learnt about Sopranos after leading community choirs for over 25 years:

  1. Sopranos are always right. Except when they’re wrong.
  2. Sopranos always have the tune. Except when they don’t.
  3. Sopranos are super-confident. Each soprano thinks she’s got it right, and all the others are wrong.
  4. Sopranos like to sing out loud and proud. Even when the high notes are just out of reach. Especially when the high notes are just out of reach.
  5. Sopranos love to chat amongst themselves. They don’t like paying too much attention to what the choir leader is saying.
  6. Sopranos are individuals and don’t tend to be team players. There is a lot of hidden competition going on.
  7. Sopranos tend to freak out a bit when they are singing a harmony. It’s not something they’re used to.
  8. Sopranos like to dress up, even for rehearsals. They prefer bright colours.
  9. The Soprano spirit animal is the chicken.
  10. Being a Soprano is not always the easy option, even though that’s why many singers join the section.

You might also find this fun from Classic FM: 10 worst things about being a soprano


And finally, from an unattributed meme that’s circulating the internet:

Top Ten Reasons for Being a Soprano

1. The rest of the choir exists just to make you look good.

2. You can entertain your friends by breaking their wineglasses.

3. Can you name an opera where an alto got the man?

4. When Sopranos want to sing in the shower, they know the tune.

5. It’s not like you are ever going to sing the alto part by accident.

6. Great costumes - like the hat with the horns on it.

7. How many world famous Altos can you name?

8. When the fat lady sings, she’s usually singing soprano.

9. When you get tired of singing the tune, you can sing the descant.

10. You can sing along with Michael Jackson.

Chris Rowbury


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