Journal of Singing

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 2, November/December

A Conversation with Sharon Daniels, Part 2
[Continued from Journal of Singing 75, no. 5 (May/June 2019).]Leslie Holmes: Was it when you were at City Opera that you did Broadway with Giorgio Tozzi in Most Happy Fella?Sharon Daniels: Yes, I'd been at City Opera for several years, and got that job...
A History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science
Talia, Joseph. A History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science. Samford Valley, QLD, Australia: Australian Academic Press, 2017. Paper, xxvii, 624 pp., $79.95 AUD. ISBN 978-1-922117-81-6 www. Australianacademicpress.com.auA book title can be deceptive....
Comparative Voice Pedagogy
prov-e-nance (prov'a-nons) n. Place of origin, source. [Lat. Provenire, to originate.]COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN ITS MOST SIMPLE form is examining two or more objects and documenting the similarities and differences. The roots of this methodology of research...
Day Jobs-Expand Your Possibilities
INTRODUCTIONFive years ago, I "came out" on Facebook as having taken a full time information technology (IT) job after having had a full time, independent voice studio for some years. I hesitated to tell people, because I thought it might somehow impact...
Déjà Vu, All over Again
I ALWAYS LEAVE THE VOICE FOUNDATION'S Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice energized and hopeful, because our profession is getting more science-based, more fact-based, and more accepting of diversity in genres and especially in ages. This...
George London-Between Gods and Demons
George London-Between Gods and Demons. Marita Stocker, director. (Art Haus Musik 101 473; 59:50 + 95:00)During the summer of 2019, a documentary about tenor Luciano Pavarotti was screened in movie theaters across the country. Ron Howard's film turned...
Hier: Melodies of Francis Poulenc
Hier: Melodies of Francis Poulenc. Alissá Deeter, soprano; Arlene Shrut, piano. (Centaur CRC 3577; 39:03)La courte paille: "Le sommeil," "Quelle aventure!" "La reine de coeur," "Ba, be, bi, bo, bu," "Les anges musiciens," "Le carafon," "Lune a'avril."...
How Do You Teach Voice? Six Vital Nonmusical Teaching Principles
INTRODUCTIONDuring all of my years in school studying to be a university voice teacher, I thought a lot about the question, "How do you sing correctly?", but I almost forgot to answer the question, "How do you teach voice?" Music education researcher...
Ich Denke Dein: Songs and Chamber Works by Nikolai Medtner
Ich Denke Dein: Songs and Chamber Works by Nikolai Medtner. Rachel Joselson, soprano; Sasha Burdin, piano; Scott Conklin, violin. (Albany TROY 1757; 71:39)Goethelieder: "Wandrers Nachtlied," "An die Türen will ich schleichen," "Selbstbetrug," "Sie liebt...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,Thank you for the current issue of the Journal of Singing which I downloaded today.I am writing to correct an error made in the "Provenance" column, "Charlatans and Quacks: Motivation of NATS's Creation." On page 76, the author states: "In...
Mixed Up and Upside Down
INTRODUCTIONIn 1967, William Vennard labeled falsetto the unused register for men and chest the unused register for women, and at that time, it was true.1 Voice teachers, especially those with young or beginning students, can no longer have this expectation....
Neuroscience for Singers, Part 1: Neuroanatomy
COGNITIVELY SPEAKING, SINGING IS A COMPLEX motor task, stringing together numerous individual motor skills ranging from very fine (e.g., variations in adductory forces) to relatively gross (e.g., jaw opening and closing). In fact, the complexity of this...
Recent Research in Singing
THE FOLLOWING LIST OF RECENT RESEARCH in Singing is a brief sampling of dissertations/theses published during the last year. It is by no means comprehensive and reflects only a small fraction of the available documents.If you have published recent research...
Respiratory Behaviors and Vocal Tract Issues in Wind Instrumentalists, Part 1
[Modified from: Robert Thayer Sataloff, Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, 4th edition (San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing Inc., 2017).]LARYNGEAL AND RESPIRATORY BEHAVIORS, and the consequences of those behaviors, have been studied...
She Who Continues. A Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano (2018)
Draper, Natalie (b. 1985). She Who Continues. A Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano (2018). Text by Judy Grahn (b. 1940). 1) "The Ice Queen," 2) "The enemies of She Who call her various names," 3) "She Who Continues." Score available through www.sparksandwirycries.org,...
Singing in Dialect: Phonetic Transcription of the Chants d'Auvergne
PART 1. PROBLEMS OF DIALECT PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTIONINTRODUCTIONThe Chants d'Auvergne is a collection of thirty folksongs, set to piano and orchestral accompaniment by French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957). Apart from a single text in French, the...
Songs for Soprano/Songs for Mezzo Soprano/Songs for Tenor/Songs for Baritone
Conahan, John (b. 1974). Songs for Soprano/Songs for Mezzo Soprano/ Songs for Tenor/Songs for Baritone. E. C. Schirmer, 2019. The Warm Deeps of the Sky (Constance Naden, 1858-1889): 1) "The Gift"; 2) "Amor mundi"; 3) Song ("We Sail Toward Evening's Lonely...
The Female Broadway Belt Voice: The Singer's Perspective
INTRODUCTIONTHE FEMALE MUSIC THEATER BELT VOICE was heard on the musical comedy stage at the beginning of the twentieth century as a way for the unamplified female voice to be heard in its middle, more speech-like range.1 Thus, the belt sound emerged...
The Gomezanda Mexican Song Collection, in Three Volumes: Songs, Arias, and Rancheras. Antonio Gomezanda (1894-1961)
Ulloa, Dr. Juanita, coll, and ed. The Gomezanda Mexican Song Collection, in Three Volumes: Songs, Arias, and Rancheras. Antonio Gomezanda (1894-1961). Vocal Reprints, 2018. Volume I: "Detente" (low and high key); "Mariposas azures" (low and high keys);...
Vehicular Vocalizing to Start Your Day
INTRODUCTIONSINGERS SPEND A LIFETIME TRAINING THEIR singing voice, often not considering that it is the same vocal instrument used in speech and song. They understand the necessity to train the singing voice, but consideration for healthy speaking patterns...
Vocal Science for Elite Singers
Talia, Joseph. Vocal Science for Elite Singers. Samford Valley, QLD, Australia: Australian Academic Press, 2017. Paper, xvi, 332 pp., $59.95 AUD. ISBN 978-1-92564402-9. www.Australianacademicpress.com.auIn his previous book, A History of Vocal Pedagogy...
What Is Inverse Filtering?
MOST VOCOLOGISTS UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT of filtering. In the voice technology world, it means the enhancement or attenuation of selected frequencies from a given spectrum of frequencies. The vocal tract acts like a series of band-pass filters, one for...
What Kind of Collab Do We Want to Educate?
IF THERE IS ONE PROFESSIONAL CONVERSATION I believed I would never have, yet am of late frequently forced to join, it is: to bifurcate a collaborative piano graduate program or not. From many years of teaching experience, I strongly believe in educating,...
Where Are We Going? Mentoring! International Initiatives! Advocacy! NSA Categories! Philanthropy!
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019 WAS MY FIRST DAY of teaching at the Brancaleoni Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. It is a charming Italian town with a population of around two thousand. You can walk everywhere. The uphill climb to the castle where the festival...
Wisdom and Knowledge
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Locksley Hall"WITH THE NATS 75TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR coming to a close, and this issue of the Journal of Singing the last of 2019, I ask the reader's indulgence as I write one more column related...
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