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

Monday, April 18, 2022

In this lecture recital, I worked with the Waterford School Troubadours to present the findings of a vocology research study completed in the winter of 2022 through the University of Utah. 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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Patrick Tatman Patrick Tatman serves as the Choral Director at the Waterford School where he oversees choral music studies at the Middle and Upper School level. Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Penn State University. His career has included teaching experience in choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels in Utah, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at the Waterford School, Patrick serves as a conductor, professional singer, and guest clinician with several organizations in the Utah and Salt Lake valleys, including the Mapleton Chorale, Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake Choral Artists, and the Brevitas professional choir. He is a published choral composer and operates a private voice studio specializing in classical voice. In the past he has served as the conductor of the BYU University Chorale and the Cantorum early music chamber choir. Since coming to the Waterford School in 2015, Patrick has started the Waterford Chorale, a community choir comprised of students, family members, alumni, faculty and other friends of the Waterford School. The choir holds scheduled evening rehearsals and presents an opportunity for everyone to participate in the choral music community at Waterford.