I'm an amateur choral singer trying to get a better handle on what kind of voice I have or should aspire to. My full range when I'm singing actively is from about a D3 (D below middle C) to a shaky A5.
My training has all been in choirs (classical/renaissance repertoire, plus modern composers like Lauridsen, mostly not jazz/show choirs), and I'm basically aware of two registers in my singing voice, chest and head. My chest and head voices sound noticeably different from each other. I can sing down (weakly) to about an E4 in my head voice, and up to a Bb4 in chest, so I do have some overlap/blending ability. It feels most natural to switch from one register to the other at about an A4. In choirs, I sing alto, unless I sing tenor parts to fill things out. Unless I sing second soprano in an emergency.
I took voice lessons briefly in high school, and the focus was entirely on expanding my upper range. I like my low notes, especially for Sacred Harp and other folk traditions, and I haven't smoked or used a ton of vocal fry or done anything in particular (other than sing low notes) to 'mess up' my voice. On the one hand, most of what I can find online suggests that there are many fewer 'true altos' than people who just haven't learned to use their upper ranges. On the other, I can definitely hit lower notes than any of the other women in my current choir.
I'd love to take a few lessons with someone who can help me figure out if I'm an honest-to-goodness contralto and help me develop the range & timbre that I personally should be aiming for. But there is not a single alto listed on these two
vocal coach directories, and I'm having no luck googling for alto vocal coaches. I'm perfectly happy taking lessons from a soprano or a male singer, but I don't want to work with a teacher who's going to assume that I'm a frustrated soprano. If anything, it might be most helpful to my singing 'career' to develop a better timbre for blending with male tenors. Who knows!
So - any recommendations for vocal coaches in the Boston area? Bonus question - do you have a range similar to mine? How do you classify yourself, and how do you approach your singing development?