Home Community Blog The Effects of Singer Laryngeal Height on Acoustic Measurements of Adolescent Choral Ensemble Singing

The aim of the study was to identify trends in acoustic measurements of choral singing specific to laryngeal placement. The singers were trained to sing vocal exercises and repertoire excerpts using high, low, and neutral larynx positions. The singing was recorded, and acoustic analysis was completed on the recordings to examine the impacts of laryngeal height on spectral slope, singing power ratio, average intensity, average pitch frequency, and formant frequency.

The results of the acoustic analysis will be presented in this recital, and the implications of the findings in the field of choral music will be discussed. The Troubadours will demonstrate the technique protocol used in the study. They will also demonstrate how the study techniques can be applied to an artistic choral music performance, culminating in a mini-concert at the end of the recital.

This lecture recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Utah that I am studying towards.

Lecture Recital featuring the Waterford School Troubadours

Patrick Tatman, conductor

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