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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Una McMahon
  • Course Code W23VSSA16A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Discover the joy of singing in small ensembles. A class devoted to singing duets, trios and quartets, learning how to sustain your vocal line against other parts, how to blend with other voices and how to create a well-communicated ensemble performance of style and variety.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have a greater understanding of ensemble singing
  • Develop ensemble rehearsal technique
  • Build an awareness of how your vocal line fits into a larger work
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues such as tempo, dynamics, articulation and their impact on ensemble performance
  • Improve ability to sustain own vocal line in an ensemble


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be singing with your peers, rehearsing your repertoire and being coached on ensemble, style and communication. You will be listening to colleagues’ performances and engaging in class discussion.

    Entry requirements

    This is a class for advanced students with at least four years of classical singing tuition. You should be able to sing in tune, have a good sense of timing and be able to follow a music score.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will need to bring a piece of solo repertoire to perform in week one to enable the tutor to allocate an ensemble to you. From week two you will engage in group work on the ensemble you’ve been given. You may bring music for any duet, trio or quartet you’d like to work on.

    What you need

    You will need to bring copies of any ensemble you are working on and any preferred equipment for taking notes e.g. a recording device, notebook and pen.

    What you can do next

    You can enrol on other courses for more advanced students such as Solo Singing Intermediate to Advanced, Solo Singing Advanced or one of the singing masterclasses in Lieder, French Song or Oratorio. If you wish to continue working on ensembles you may like to audition for the Morley Opera Course.