Choral Vowel Shaping Guide

This is a guide for choirs and classical singers to inform about accurate vowel shapes.

Church or Italian Latin

AAhh[a]As in “Father”

E Eh [e]As in “May” (no diphthong)
Ehh [Ɛ] As in “Letter”

IEee[i]As in “Feel”
Ih[I]As in “Chill”

O Ah (Rounded)[ɔ]As in “Domino”
Oh[o]As in “Boring”

UOoo [u]As in “Soon”
Uhh[ʌ] As in “Hug”

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