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The role of vibrato in the aesthetic of blended choral singing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

A fundamental aspect of good choral singing identified by performers, directors, critics and theorists is the concept of blend. Blend is a term that has essentially come to encompass all aspects of singing that lead to a sound in which no one voice is distinguishable from another. Directors and singers often identify vibrato as a key musical and vocal parameter affecting the blend of a group. Whilst being well analysed in solo singing, and particularly opera, vibrato has not yet been studied in chorus singing. This PhD project will use electrolaryngograph and acoustic data alongside synthesis experiments to analyse vibrato behaviour in individual singers when ‘blending’ their voices in a group. This will help to establish the extent to which vibrato is adapted in a group and to what extent this contributes to perceived choral blend.

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