HELPING YOU SELECT A VOICE PART
Here are some considerations in choosing a voice part in barbershop harmony:
Tenor – Tenor is the highest voice part. A tenor should have a light, pure tone that will complement but not overpower the lead.
Lead – Lead is a mid-range voice part. Since the lead usually sings the melody, a lead should sing with authority, clarity, and a consistent quality throughout her/his range. Leads also sing with color and warmth since they are responsible for conveying the interpretation and emotion of a song.
Baritone – Baritones cover approximately the same range as lead, with the baritone harmony crossing above and below the lead notes. Baritones are flexible and must be very accurate.
Bass – Bass is the foundation of barbershop harmony. Bass singers should have a rich, resonant voice and be able to sing with as much authority as the lead.
For Young Women:
Tenor: F above Middle C -> G above the staff
Lead: Middle C -> E an octave above
Baritone: B flat below Middle C -> C an octave above
Bass: F below Middle C -> G above middle C
For Young Men:
Tenor: Middle C -> D an octave above
Lead: E below middle C -> G above middle C
Baritone: D below middle C -> F above middle C
Bass: A an octave and half below middle C -> D below middle C