Singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a goal of so many. It takes skill—some are born with it—and training. That's where Rebecca Wilberg comes in. She holds two bachelor's degrees in music from ASU and a PhD in Musicology and Choral Music from BYU. As vocal coach for the Choir, she works closely with prospective members who have been accepted into the Temple Square Chorale, the training ensemble of the Choir. She does individual vocal assessments for each new Chorale member before that member begins rehearsals.
Warm Up Your Muscles
The diaphragm and larynx are the two most important body parts for singing, and both must be warmed up at the start of any singing session. “My very favorite exercise is called the raspberry,” said Wilberg, and it should come naturally to anyone familiar with playground antics.