My soul is in my breath; and with my breath will I lift up my voice in speech and song.
For my breath shall be turned into sound; and I will pour forth my voice, even from the depths of my lungs.
And the sound shall be made true and steadfast; by the security of my breath and the watchfulness of my sense that heareth from within.
My neck shall be as a temple around the sound; and its spaces shall expand to adorn every cadence with fullness of tone.
The inner portal shall be open wide; for in my throat there shall be no manner of contraction.
About the outer gate my lips and jaw and tongue shall play with all the supple freedom of a graceful dance; and bring to life the beauties of my native speech.
Thus will I sing with my breath as with my soul; and speak with my mind the simple language of my life.
For I am in my breath and in my voice; and all my countrymen will hear me and understand.
Festival Encore Orchestra and the Centenary College Choir, under Dr. David Hobson
Katie Baker, soprano solo