Antiphonal Singing

Antiphonal singing is the practice of dividing up music between alternating choirs. These alternating “choirs” can be two people; two similarly sized groups; men and boys; men and women; cantors and full choir; choir and congregation; etc. The key is to have contrasting groups that can trade off and take turns singing sections of a chant, especially a longer chant such as a Psalm. Below are a couple of examples of music being sung antiphonally at Notre Dame in Paris.