Brenau Hosting October VoceVista Singing Software Workshop and Concert

Sep 14, 2017
Kristen Bowman

Brenau University will host a music workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 11, utilizing VoceVista software and hardware for singers to technically analyze their vocals.

The focus of the workshop will be to demonstrate how to find effective and accurate ways to measure subglottal pressure, formant frequencies and other performance techniques such as onset and consonant use in hopes of improving vocal tone and ensemble singing through the use of the VoceVista software.

VoceVista, which means “visible voice,” builds tools to analyze vocal signals. The software package incorporates the two electronic signals most revealing of the singing voice – real-time spectrum analysis and electroglottograph – into an integrated, user-friendly package for PCs and Apple computers running Windows. The software is simple to operate,  non-invasive and intended for use by singing voice experts.

The software is on the forefront of vocal technique education and was developed primarily for singing teachers to help their students improve. However, it’s also used in other fields such as voice pathology.

The master clinicians for Brenau’s workshop are alumna Kirstin Ariel and Robert Dunlap. Ariel, who earned a bachelor’s in music performance from Brenau in 2013, earned a vocal performance master’s degree in music and a vocal pedagogy master’s degree in music from Syracuse University, Setnor School of Music. She attended the Singing Voice Science Workshop held at Montclair State University in 2016 and 2017, this year as a VoceVista practitioner. Dunlap is a recent graduate of the Vocal Pedagogy Masters program at Syracuse University, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in applied voice with a minor in communication disorders and sciences from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2015. When not learning music, Dunlap teaches others how to use the VoceVista program in their training and teaching.

As a bonus to the workshop, the two artists will give a concert Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University historic campus. The concert will offer repertoire by familiar classical composers including Charles Gounod, Johann Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as contemporary composers Tom Cipullo and Ben Moore.

The VoceVista workshop at Brenau will begin at 9 a.m. in the Banks Recital Hall, Burd Center for the Performing Arts, and will go until 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break. The cost is $30 for instructors and $10 for students.

For anyone interested in technical research of the singing voice, this event is not to be missed. Contact Nichole Finley at +1-770-538-4764 or for more information.