Answer: As long as you are not harming your voice and using correct vocal technique, you are good to go. "Correct vocal technique" would be singing in a way as to have less pressure on the voice. That would be breathing low and opening/preparing your body space for resonance. Here is the first step to doing that:
These voice lesson videos are a playlist that will help you to breathe more efficiently when singing. When breathing in this way, you can expect to sing more powerful, louder, and have a more balanced vocal tone.
Voice Lesson Video Breathing Playlist
Question: I want to be able to sing higher notes. How can I do that?
Answer: You can sing higher and more powerful notes by checking out these resources;
Sing Higher and More Powerful Voice Lesson Video
Question: How is singing in a choir different from singing solo?
Answer: Sometimes when you sing in a choir, you may be asked to sing in a different vocal range then is your most comfortable. Reasons for this could be that your choir needs more men who sing very high, as an example. Or, maybe if you prefer to sing higher as a female and are assigned to be an alto, this means that you are better at reading music so you have been put in a position where you can sing more harmony.
It can be difficult to feel like you are able to sing open and full in a choir, but you should never feel like you are holding back your voice. Holding back your voice is BAD. Don't be afraid to talk to your director if a range or singing next to someone is making your voice feel uncomfortable or hurt.
Question: I lost my voice. How long will it take to get back? I was working on the breathing exercises and then singing loud and I lost my voice.
Answer: Your voice can take up to 3 weeks to heal. That would be VERY LITTLE talking and zero singing along with taking care of your body. You can take a regular dose of Tylenol before bed to reduce swelling. Lots of liquids are also encouraged.
When you were practicing your breathing and singing loudly, make sure that the "pushing out" tension/sensation (that are used in the breathing videos) that you are putting that tension into your stomach and not in your voice. Most likely, the loss of voice is from too much pressure (or pushing). In order to remedy this, check out the breathing videos and then when singing, push a wall in the push up position in order to have more energy when you are singing. Refer again to the breathing voice lesson videos above.