Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Recent Research in Singing

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Recent Research in Singing

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THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RECENT RESEARCH in singing is a brief sampling of articles and dissertations published during the last few years. It is by no means comprehensive and reflects only a small fraction of the available documents.

If you have published recent research in singing, voice pedagogy, voice science, vocal repertoire, pedagogic methodology, or other topics of interest to the membership of NATS, please send citations and abstracts to Donald Simonson at for review and possible inclusion in future columns. Furthermore, if you come across recent articles that you believe may be of interest to NATS members, please send citations to the same address.

Barber, Felicia R. M. "Phonological Features Employed in the Text Set by Arrangers of African American Spirituals and an IPA Guide to Proper Pronunciation of Dialect." PhD Dissertation, The Florida State University, 2013, 226 pages; ProQuest 3596455.

The pronunciation of dialect in African American spirituals is discussed, with particular attention paid to the texts found in collections of African American arrangers such as Burleigh, Dett, and Dawson. The author provides IPA transcriptions of texts set by these composers/arrangers. The study serves to identify the phonological features of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) dialect and to identify and define pronunciation rules common in AAVE dialect. Instructions on employing these rules using the IPA are also provided. While directed toward choral settings, the information contained is also applicable to solo settings of AAVE texts.

Holmes-Bendixen, Allison R. "The Influence of Whistle Register Phonation Exercises in Conditioning the Second Passaggio of the Female Singing Voice." PhD Dissertation, The University of Iowa, 2013, 161 pages; ProQuest 3595108.

Standard repertoire for the soprano voice often requires the use of the uppermost segment of the female voice. This segment is typically produced using "whistle register" phonation. The study was designed to measure the effectiveness of employing exercises that include whistle register phonation as a treatment for poor intonation and pressed and/or breathy vocal quality in singers with challenges in negotiating the second passaggio of their voices. The results of the study indicate that whistle register phonation exercises can be used to facilitate range extension in all female voice types. That there was a correlation between the use of whistle register phonation exercises and increased breathiness, indicates that the exercises tested in the study may not be effective in treating singers with breathy voices. Further investigation is needed to determine the impact of whistle register phonation exercises on intonation, vocal quality, and severity of strain in singers.

Fiertek, Michelle M. "A Performance Guide to 'Eve-Song' by Jake Heggie." DMA Dissertation, University of Hartford, 2013, 150 pages; ProQuest 3560710.

Jake Heggie is widely recognized as an innovative twenty-first century composer. His first commissioned song cycle, Eve-Song, stands as one of only four extant song cycles featuring the Eve of biblical times. Offering a take on the experiences of Adam and Eve, the cycle is spoken largely in the first person by Eve, who is presented as a progressive feminist. The author examines the genesis of the cycle; biographies of the composer, poet, premiering soprano, and patron; the process of its creation and premiere; and also provides an analysis of each of the songs. The author also examines the poetry in the context of relevant biblical passages, biblical criticism, and the poet's avowed interpretation of Eve from the feminist perspective. …

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