Over at Rich's site, there is an ongoing discussion about the role of the Cantor at Mass.
A commentor mentioned this: "For me a good cantor is a man with a powerful, low voice, and chants the prayers instead of 'performing' a song."
Which leads me to ask the following question:
Is it easy for women to pick up the tune when the cantoring is done by a male voice?
I ask seriously, because for me, I have a terrible time trying to match the singing of a predominantly female choir or soprano cantor. So much so, during the recent discernment weekend for women, I could not sing along with the young women and sisters that were present. I couldn't find the key.
Now, I realize I am not a finalist for American Idol, and my vocal abilities will never get me on stage at Radio City Music Hall; but my range and ability greatly increased during my time in the seminary and continues to improve; but I still struggle mightily in such a situation. Is it the same the other way around?