For hundreds of years, voice teachers have relied solely on their ears to help singers perfect their voices. This workshop will present a sketch of the sort of insights that can be gained from the signals of VoceVista (Visual Feedback for Instruction in Singing), using spectrum analysis and the electroglottograph (EGG), and will serve to launch singing teachers on their way to acquiring expertise. Dr. Donald Gray Miller, developer and designer of the VoceVista system will lead the day’s activities.
The all-day workshop will cover formants, harmonics, and formant tuning in the morning session. The afternoon session will introduce the electroglottograph (EGG) and its role in understanding the registers. Discussion will be free, with participation welcome from those attending. Dr. Miller has also offered, on one or both of the adjacent days, hands-on training in the use of VoceVista and the EGG for a smaller group of those who have an interest in acquiring the system, or for those who are already subscribers and desiring extra help.
Biographical Information - Donald Gray Miller
Donald Miller, who designed and developed the software program VoceVista (Visual Feedback for Instruction in Singing), began his career as an opera singer and voice teacher. He joined the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Music, where he taught for over two decades, rising to the rank of professor. During this time he was very active as a bass-baritone, singing over 25 leading roles from the standard repertory, along with many roles in contemporary works, including the American premieres of Ernst Krenek's Life of Orestes and Philip Glass's Satyagraha.
His interest in the relevance of voice science to the singing voice grew in the late 70's, and in 1984 he spent a semester in Groningen, the Netherlands, on a project with Harm K. Schutte and the late Prof. Janwillem van den Berg. In 1987 he moved permanently to Groningen to devote himself to research on the acoustics and physiology of the singing voice as an associate of the Groningen Voice Research Lab. His book on the practical application of spectrographic and physiological signals to voice pedagogy, Resonance in Singing: Voice Building through Acoustic Feedback, became available in July, 2008.
An important result of his work in Groningen has been the program VoceVista (visible voice -- see www.vocevista.com and www.eggsforsingers.eu), feedback for instruction in singing.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Morning session
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – LUNCH (not included in fee)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Afternoon session
Location: Northeastern Illinois University, Steinberg Fine Arts Center
3600 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, 60625
Directions and Maps
* Cost: $30 – Chicago NATS members / $50 non-members
Northeastern students - free
Please contact Dr. Robert Heitzinger for more information.
Important Information Concerning Directions and Parking:
Northeastern Illinois University’s Steinberg Fine Arts Center is conveniently located on Chicago’s northwest side. Parking for this event will be in the F lot and is best accessed via the entrance at 3600 W. Foster Avenue (due to street construction on W. Bryn Mawr Avenue between Pulaski and Kedzie, please use the campus entrance at W. Foster). Follow the campus access road north to parking lot F. After parking, please proceed to the Fine Arts Center, Room FA-107, to verify registration and pick up your parking permit. You will need to return to your vehicle to display the permit to avoid being ticketed.