Some Tips for Speech Choir

To be able to present a good speech choir, keep in mind the following:

  1. Teach the students pronunciation. Simply use a dictionary that has a pronunciation guide to it. Refer to its pronunciation key which you can find on its introductory pages to determine how a word is pronounced. If you are still unsure of its pronounciation, you can listen to it at
  2. Teach them stress and intonation. You can refer to your English Expressways II book pages 64-65. Things such as rising intonation and falling intonation are crucial in speech choir. Which word to be stressed depends also on your intended meaning. Furthermore you can listen to a lecture by Peter Roach on this topic:
  3. A good number for speech choir is 40 members. But you can have 20-25 participants if so desired.
  4. The contest piece is often a poem.
  5. Divide your participants into three voices: light, medium and dark. Light voices are often chosen from the first year females. Medium are also females with deep voices (preferably from the fourth year). Dark are of course only males with very deep voices. There should also be a solo for each voice: solo light, solo medium and solo dark.
  6. Arrange the contest piece before giving it to your participants. This means that you have already assigned parts for each voice, for the solo and for the unison (meaning all three voices). Keep in mind though that even if all three voices speak together but their voices should be clearly distinct from each other.  This is called blending.
  7. Memorize the piece. If you are the conductor, the more you should memorize it. Before giving the contest piece to your participants, see to it that you have double-checked its pronunciation in the dictionary or the web.
  8. Drill into your participants to feel the piece. Their facial expression should reflect what they are speaking. Facial expressions can’t be taught. It should come from within. It should not look artificial but should come from their hearts.
  9. Deliver with the intent to be understood; hence, for conventional speech choir, actions and props are unnecessary. Simply standing with hands on their sides is enough. What counts are the voice and the facial expression.  Remember the audience should understand what you are talking about.
  10. The conductor may stand at the back of the judges. He may conduct in any manner he wants as long as he is able to guide his participants for an effective speech choir presentation.
  11. Speech choir participants should only look at the conductor the whole time of their presentation. They should not fidget or make unnecessary moves throughout their delivery. Nevertheless they should not be standing tensed in front of the crowd but relaxed. Below is a picture of Consolacion National High School – Day Class participants. They were the champion in the Northeast Area Level Speech Choir Competition this year. Look how they stand:

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rex
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 09:06:13

    Hi Ms. Fritz, thank you for this information. I am actually having trouble on how to conduct a 35 member speech choir as we have limited time and resources. I think I can recommend the conventional approach for “Reverse Creation” by Bernard Backman. I’ve seen lots in Youtube, and all acts have lots of movements, drama and props. What do you think? Thank you again. God bless you more!


  2. Sarah
    May 07, 2015 @ 22:57:57

    Ma’am, some help please. We were assigned to do the piece of Carl Sandburg “wilderness” and the worst is it’s our first time to so this.

    Any suggestions would
    Be much appreciated.. Thanks


  3. wyvert jhake villaflor
    Feb 05, 2015 @ 02:37:52

    maam can you help us for our speech choir about the ‘like the molave’ story?
    just give us some tips please.. thank you


  4. Koa
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 13:05:03

    hi ma’am. May i know the title of the sample piece you’ve posted in your blog? thanks a lot. God bless.


  5. Judymae
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 03:34:06

    may tanong po pala ako .. first time ko pa lang po magLead ng speech choir, Ok lang po ba yung nagpapaturo kami sa ibang students na may alam na sa speech choir?


  6. Judymae
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 03:25:46

    it HELPS a LOT! :D Maraming maraming Thank you po! :-)


  7. Mycha Wong
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 11:17:07

    Leader po kasi ako sa group nmin. Tatanung ko lang kung bawal tlga ang movements sa speech choir?


  8. rhejane
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 13:15:17

    you really help me!!


  9. Kristine Lyka Curada
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 12:54:49

    thank you ma’am Fritz…. by d way, is it okay to have a short drama for our entrance???


  10. jovynard
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:46:17

    humming is not adviseable,right? but is it okay tp input sound effects like gush of wing a bubble pop?…those are’nt considered humming right?


    • Fritzie Soronio
      Jan 17, 2014 @ 00:41:43

      usually in the guidelines for a conventional speech choir, any form of sound effects other than those inherent in the words themselves are discouraged. What you can do instead is to exaggerate the sounds of some words. For example, with the word ringing, you may exaggerate the -ing sound, so it will sound like a real bell ringing.


  11. junjie lugo pocong
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 09:36:40

    i don’t have to ask anything… thanks for the tips!!! may god bless you and more power!!! :)


  12. Isiah John Hernandez Moreno
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 16:03:24

    hello po :))
    Actually I don’t have any idea on handling a speech choir. group leader po kasi ako. kinakabahan po ako because I don’t know what to do with my group.
    pwede po ba naming lagyan ng konting humming and song ung speech choir? choir member po kasi ako ng church namin..


  13. jcapuyan2
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 04:18:02

    I need example of a speech choir about nature


  14. Berna
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 08:33:41

    is it good to hear when some of the lines are to be sung?


  15. ruel
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 03:58:46

    how is verse choir different from speech choir??


  16. chillnee dominguez
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 07:42:39

    hi maam..can you help me?im looking for a speech choir piece about christmas. can you give me some recommendations?thanks a lot!


  17. Michele
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 15:27:51

    could some lines in the speech choir be sung?


  18. Malyn
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:41:54

    Is it ok to repeat some words or phrases in the piece to give emphasis?


  19. Arial Laguing
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 15:03:09

    umm…You know,I’m the leader of our group but frankly I don’t know a thing about speech choirs and all that stuff.This is really a big help to me because since I’m not into this stuff and my group is suffering because I’m not a good leader at all.I don’t execute steps well and I don’t listen to my Assistant.In fact,I suck at performance,at practice and everything.That’s why I need this.Anyhow,with this,we might beat the other team which has experience.Wish us luck and Thanks a lot!!


  20. theo
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 13:13:25

    thankyou for the tips.this will help us in our presentation.
    if you have some more tips that can help me, please do so,,
    this is my e-mail
    our piece is entitled “if i were a voice”


  21. lilia jaime
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:36:33

    hank you for the tips. i dont have to ask my question because i already found the answer while reading your responses.


  22. Alyssa Banzuelo
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 10:07:08

    What are the arrangements or positions during a speech choir? and where do i find their definitions??? …. :)


    • Fritzie Soronio
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 07:29:45

      the arrangement of voices in a speech choir depends on you as the conductor. Usually, group all dark voices between the light and the medium voices. Light – Dark – Medium. Your rule of thumb is all voices should be heard by the judges distinctly.


  23. abbhy
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 03:15:19

    ..thanks for the tips! I’ll use it for my report and I’m sure it will help us a lot…


  24. jerson daniel
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 06:39:06

    this is such a great help to our group..,.,
    tnk u ms. FRITZ.,.,. may God Bless u.,.,
    As u share ur blessings to us/.,.,


  25. aimz
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:43:15

    yehey naa na website para sa speech choir anhi na mi mag get ug infos…….
    galinga nmo maam fritzie uie…..


  26. THanie ROz
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 02:53:26

    Your tips is so helpful to our group.
    Especially now, were going to present a speech choir tomorrow.
    thanks a lot ….


  27. ghie
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 10:28:57

    thanks for the tips..GOD BLESS…


  28. kier
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:10:25

    this is a great help! thank you so much! :)


  29. akosimoike
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 04:04:12



  30. annabelle
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 14:17:39

    does speech choir has actions?….


  31. manilyn
    May 12, 2011 @ 13:34:12

    thanks for the tips… now i have an idea about a speech choir… :)


  32. rachelle ann
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 04:59:56

    the tips are helpful lalo na sa mga bagong susubok na sumali sa isang speech choir


  33. jhum
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 04:52:50

    thanks 4 the tips …. now i know how to teach my group!!:)


  34. rejn
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 09:33:56

    thanks! a big thanks to you! :)
    i have a question.
    does speech choir needs background musics and props? or additional words ?


  35. rejn
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 09:31:37

    thank you for the helpful info.. :)
    i have a question.
    does speech choir needs background musics and props? or additional words ?


  36. painabi
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:13:21

    is a conductor required in speech choirs?


    • Fritz
      Oct 27, 2010 @ 09:02:15

      A conductor is not necessary if you are sure that your choir members really know their parts well but most often those who win in the speech choir contest has a conductor. A conductor helps direct the focus of your members. Personally, I would recommend having a conductor.


  37. Emely L. Gatab
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 03:03:06

    Ma’am hi!
    I would be very glad if you could email me an example of speech choir that talks on nature.

    Thank you


    • Fritz
      Sep 13, 2010 @ 04:18:00

      A speech choir piece is preferably a poem. There are so many poems on nature. Try to arrange Wordsworth’s poem for speech choir using the 3 voices.


  38. KEVIN
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 17:38:52

    this is a very helpful info for me,…especially,..when i am the leader and conductor of 40 members,



  39. Vita B. Iman
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 02:42:34

    I’m happy that I was able to read about speech choir. The presentation was so clear and well understood.


  40. Harmon
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 07:18:34

    thanks for the info.. it help alot. . .:-)


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