Teaching Tricky Diphthongs to Your Choir

Jon Tschiggfrie

In the past few months, we’ve started up an informal singing club here at MakeMusic. As I’ve led rehearsals, I’ve been reminded that few pronunciation issues give choral directors more headaches than the dreaded diphthong. Trying to get an entire ensemble of unique voices to perform complex vowel sounds uniformly can test the mettle of even the most seasoned director.