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Range Guide

Megan Ihnen range guide for composers.

Chest Voice

Chest voice – E3-C4:
It is very easy to bury this part of the voice with lots of texture.
Not loud or ornate in this area. C4 is my lower passaggio shift.

Middle Voice

C4-G5:
Most resonant and focused middle voice work can be done in the F4 – C5 range. D5/D flat 5 is my passaggio shift and I prefer not to “sit” on that area for an extended period of time.

C4-G5 affords for lots of different timbre and tone qualities. My best story-telling range is F4-D5 – this can include a lot of text without fatiguing the voice. This area of the voice loves a good legato vocal line. Some melismatic movement is good but an abundance of melismatic movement will be more difficult. 

Head Voice

“High notes” from E5 – A5 can still have a round, warm mezzo quality. These notes can also have a sweet, floating quality.

B5 and above will be loud and severe. This is unlike a high soprano sound that lightly floats in this area.

Please use anything above A5 sparingly. A good rule of thumb is “you get one of the notes in this area per piece.” Anything beyond that… be prepared to pay for the privilege with good bourbon.

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I’m happy to hear from composers. I would love to answer your questions about what works for my voice.

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