Regional sounds

Lincoln, NE–

With three days of auditions now in the books, I can safely make this statement:

Regional sounds are disappearing amongst teenagers.

We have heard folks from nearly every state in the country.  With few exceptions, each of these students sounded pretty much the same.  I heard two kids who sounded like they were from the South, and one who sounded like New Jersey.  But for the most part, a generic Midwestern flatness is now part of the speaking voice of the several hundred high school students who auditioned this week.

I lament the loss of regional vocal differences!


About Jeffrey Carter

University administrator, voice teacher, choral director, professor, singer, professional theatre music director, brother, son, uncle, Anglican, Scotch drinker, chef of moderate talent, NPR fanatic, gin aficionado, proponent of the music of Herbert Howells and Elgar and Vaughan Williams, pianist, composer, theatre geek, dog love & cat hater, author & blogger, world traveler, church organist, Anglophile.

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