The word “cambiata”, when used in the context of keeping boys singing, means “changing” (as in voice). The Cambiata Concept was developed in the United States by Irvin Cooper and his successor Don Collins. The home of Cambiata is the Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music, now based at the University of North Texas under the directorship of Alan McClung.
There is no “Cambiata UK” as such, but the Boys Keep Singing project chose to promote Cambiata in the UK as a means of bridging the 11 – 14 gap when many boys give up singing, as often as not because somebody has told them that their voice has “broken”. This short extract from Singing in the Lower Secondary school explains how Cambiata came about. It is important to state that Cambiata is not a universal panacea for boys’ difficulties with their singing or their vocal identity and I do not endorse it as such. These pages attempt to explain its strengths and limitations and to offer support to those who would seek to use its methodology as a means of promoting healthy voice use and enthusiastic participation in choral work by adolescent boys.
If the idea is new to you, you should first read this short paper by Alan McClung.
There are currently two BKS Information sheets available;
BKS media have produced two podcasts:
Introduction to the Cambiata Voice
One Cambiata Journey.
Why do we not just move boys to alto or tenor? The page Tenors or Cambiate? will give you a lot more in-depth information on how it all works.
Why is music hard to find? It no longer is! Go to the OUP Emerging Voices page.
What is anybody else doing and where can I hear Cambiata in the UK? Go to the Choirs in the UK page.
What should I be listening for in a boy’s voice? Go to the Exploring Voices page.