Training a Chorus in Ancient Greece


In this paper, I shall analyse the information we can extract from
ancient Greek texts about the training of those citizens chosen to
become members of a chorus during the Athenian festivals, as well
as the importance to become such. I shall offer a revision of the role
of the chorodidaskalos, the person in charge of their instruction,
considered, in a certain way, a maestro di canto in the ancient world,
in order to determine if we can delimit the professional grounds
with which they used to work, from a technical point of view,
especially when, in many cases, they had to deal with members not
professionally educated for their chorus lines. This panorama will
show the importance that the practice of singing within a chorus,
principally on an Athenian theatre, implied for those citizens who
partook their experience at each festival, and how things were
dealt with from the Classical period until we find the phonaskos, a
professional trainer of voice that appears in the Greek world from
the Roman period onwards.

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