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Solfège ~ Sight Singing & Ear Training

Group Classes with Luciana Cecille

Teens & Adults

Placement session or teacher recommendation required.

Improve your sight-singing and ear training skills to prepare for choral and other singing auditions with solfege training.


What is Solfège? Solfège, also known as solfedge or solfeggio, is a system of sight reading, reading music without hearing it beforehand or hearing a pitch. It uses the syllables Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, to teach pitch relationships, intervals, and melodies. You've probably already heard the "Do, Re, Mi" song from the Sound of Music? Those are the solfège syllables.

Types of Solfège: Fixed and Movable There are two types of solfège, fixed and movable.

In Movable Do, the solfège syllables are assigned as steps of a scale; the pitch is transposable/movable from scale to scale but the step of the scale is static. Here you're able to take the syllables of solfège and transpose them to any key. In Movable Do, the Do is always the tonic, meaning the first note of the scale. For example, in the key of F Major, Do starts on the note F. In G Major, Do starts on G.

In Fixed Do, the solfège syllables are assigned a specific, immovable pitch value. The Do is always the note C, Re is always D, Mi is always E, and so on.

Who Should Learn Solfège?

Learning how to sing a melody just by looking at the printed music is a great skill. If you are a musician, learning solfège will give you more confidence as a performer and broaden your understanding of the music you are performing. Especially if you are a singer, solfège is a critical skill for you to cultivate and master.

*Choral singers: Solfège will help you master sight singing auditions, learning music quickly or on-the-spot, and harmonization.


About the Workshop

In my workshop, Solfège: Sight Singing and Ear Training, will be learning Movable Do. Not only will we learn the solfège syllables and how to use them effectively, we will work on knowing key signatures, rhythms and intervals. I hope to see you all there!


About Luciana Cecille:

Lyric soprano Luciana Cecille is a native of São Paolo, Brazil. She has been a finalist in the International Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul, Turkey and the Bidu Sayao Vocal Competition in Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1999 Ms. Cecille debuted with The Washington National Opera as Bridget Booth in The Crucible. Her other opera roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the leading role in Conrad Susa's Transformations, Nina in Massenet's Cherubin, the title role in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and the Forest Bird in Siegfried with the Emerging Singer's Program under Evelyn Lear.

Ms. Cecille has been a young artist with the Aspen Opera Theater, Ash Lawn-Highlands Summer Festival, and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England. In 2011 Ms. Cecille made her European debut with Concerlirica International in Spain, singing the roles of Violetta in La Traviata, Adina in The Elixir of Love, and Mimi in La Boheme. Recently in London, England she sang Pamina with Chelmsford City Opera’s production of The Magic Flute and 1st Lady with Brent Opera, UK. She has also been a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for 17 years and sings regularly with the Washington Concert Opera.

Ms. Cecille holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in voice from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She teaches a wide range of levels in classical opera technique and repertoire, along with other styles of singing including musical theater, jazz, and popular music. She has studied Italian Bel Canto with the British/Greek mezzosoprano Glenys Linos in Vienna, Austria and is currently the student of the Metropolitan Opera baritone Mark Oswald in New York City.

While pursuing her operatic career, Ms. Cecille also became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. She has taught yoga locally and internationally for ten years. She teaches her voice students about proper body awareness and alignment for the most effortless production of sound, which reduces any excess stress to the vocal cords whether on the operatic stage or behind a microphone. She also is an expert at managing stage fright through breathing and other awareness techniques. Although Ms. Cecille has traveled extensively for her opera and yoga careers, she has called Maryland her home for 35 years. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and 2-year old son.

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