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Anonymous
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posted: 11/11/2005 at 9:14:42 AM ET
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I just joined a choir, and I would like to know what is the difference between soprano and second soprano.
Thank you

suzyq
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posted: 11/11/2005 at 1:13:17 PM ET
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Hi,

I'm not a singer but couldn't resist putting my two cents in.

I think it goes something like this:

first soprano - highest range
second soprano -lower
alto - lowest

Hope this makes sense. Maybe someone in the choir can give you a better discription and of course the choir director.

Anyway, best of luck has you start singing with the choir. Make beautiful music and singing.

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posted: 11/11/2005 at 7:59:36 PM ET
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Here is a good explaination of vocal parts.

...both male and female.

-J

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posted: 1/21/2006 at 11:31:33 PM ET
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well actually,
this is how it goes( if you know how music goes)
First soprano--High Key
Second soprano--Middle Key
Alto--Low key

samanthac

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posted: 2/5/2006 at 12:44:50 PM ET
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Second soprano is the same as normal soprano, the both have aboput the highest range a female can go. Only second soprano will normally sing the lower part where the soprano part splits into 2 parts. This is because they may not be as confident on the really high notes.

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posted: 3/12/2008 at 11:50:21 PM ET
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Second sopranos often have a slightly lower range than first sopranos, but have a higher range than altos or mezzo-sopranos. Seconds are sometimes classified differently from mezzos in that the timbre of their voice tends to be lighter. I'm a second- I can technically make a noise at B3 and C3 (the top notes that aren't painful for most sopranos), but it's not comfortable and not really considered in my range.

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Samanthac, if you knew about music, you would know that they don't sing in different keys. The word you are looking for is range. The second soprano is typically used in an all female choir. The typical choir uses SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass in that order from highest range to lowest). In an all female choir, because most (not all) females do not sing in the range of tenor and definitely not bass, and in order to provide more harmony rather than just a two line piece, the music is split into what is called SSA (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, and Alto). This format is also often used for young choirs containing male vocalists that have not yet reached puberty and still sing in the alto, and sometimes even the soprano, range. I hope this clears things up.

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posted: 9/15/2009 at 11:46:19 PM ET
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Actually, I'm in chorus and I have been since I was in elementary school. I'll be a freshman the next school year. Anyways, a second soprano is somebody who can sing both the high and low parts.
I am a second soprano. If you're a second soprano, it's because you are most comfortable being a soprano and singing high, but you are easily able to switch and sing alto. Hope that clears things up for you (:

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