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At a recent audition, the conductor of the choral ensemble said that my voice had a Naturstimme-like quality. (The conductor is, of course, German.) However, I can't seem to find a good definition of what exactly constitutes a Naturstimme?

Is this a good thing, or is it a sign that my voice needs a lot of extra work?

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In this context, "Naturstimme" means "untrained voice". It's neither a compliment nor a detraction.

I believe that he is pointing out that you do not sound like a classically-trained singer who learns to sing in the operatic manner. Whether he would prefer a "Naturstimme" or a "Kunstgesangstimme" (an "art-song-trained" voice) for his choir is another matter.

There is a vocal technique forum discussion on this very subject that I read in looking for this answer. The entire forum and the discussion are in German.

Was heißt "Naturstimme"?

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tops my answer! +1 – Alexander Troup Aug 30 '13 at 16:28

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