I’d like to believe that the loss of the high notes is more due to lack of practice than advanced age. I’ve seen anecdotal evidence both ways – an 80-year old member of the church choir I used to sing in still has all her top notes, yet a much younger woman from the same choir has shifted to alto. In my own case, I’m finding that my range really hasn’t decreased – it’s just shifted lower.I miss singing. From the time I was in Jr. High School I’ve been in some form of choral performance group – school choirs, madrigal groups, community choirs, church choirs - up until about five years ago. The church we currently attend does not have a choir, and as much as I say I miss singing, I haven’t given up anything of my other activities to make room for singing.
In my retired life I’m hoping this will change. I’ve been researching local opportunities for being a member of a choir – for when I have more free time to practice and to perform. The downside, of course, is that many of these choirs rehearse and perform year-round, so they might not take kindly to my requesting every summer off. Perhaps I can find a choir performing Handel’s Messiah in December 2012 – one needing a good alto.