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  The role of vibrato in the aesthetic of blended choral singing

   School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

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.

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Engineering (12) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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