Saturday's Morning Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator John Nix
Panel Members Jim Daugherty, William Carey, Lisa Popeil, Sten Ternström, Graham Welch (left to right in following picture.)
Picture of Panel

[Comment] Jim Doing – I misspoke when I said that Ponselle looked very different from the Ferenian. When she does her high first harmonic, that’s very typical, that warmer sound, is very typical of the Ferenian. I meant when she has her more characteristic Ponselle sound with a different look, that’s very different.. Audio link.

Gail Hodgkin – My question/Statement is for Lisa, whom I was very privileged to meet yesterday at her brilliant seminar. I wanted to let her know that she’s not alone. We at the academy we teach all styles of singing. Our style of teaching is so coupled with Lisa’s that it would be brilliant and inspiring to arrange a collaboration at some point and time. My question for all of you is, I know this is only the 2nd conference, I don’t have a Ph.D., I came knowing that there was so much more to singing than what I had experienced in my life. After having to sit through a lot of physics, which I wasn’t very good at in high school, and certainly not now, but it opened so many spheres to me as a voice teacher and emphasized the importance for us to know acoustics, to know physiology, the more knowledge we can gain, the more tools we can give our performers. I’m very grateful to be here. Has anyone ever researched the structure of the resonating surfaces in the face as it pertains to somebody’s propensity to be able to sing, to belt, to sing more easily in soul, R & B, or what have you. It does seem to me after doing 10 years of observing in my own studio as well as professional pop singers, [……listen to audio link for remaining.]. Audio link.
Answer and Discussion – John Nix, Sten Ternström, Lisa Popeil. Audio link.

Herman Vandoorn – Lisa - talking about styles, you chose ‘Amazing Grace’, did you do any research into the different styles to get a clear definition of what the correct characteristics of the styles are? […listen to the link for remaining] Audio link.
Lisa Popeil. Audio link.

Herman Vandoorn for Graham Welch – Shouldn’t it be interesting, because with commercial singing, jazz, pop, etc, it’s not only about the beauty of the sound, but it’s about where it’s coming from and what the expression is. It’s a different tradition; most of the time you have the freedom to do whatever you like with the music, you don’t have to stick that much to the traditional composition. Wouldn't it be interesting to do social research to singers within commercial styles related to the music, the performance, where it is and how the tradition is getting there and how the sound is developing in history in a social context? Audio link.
Graham Welch. Audio link.

Brian Monson–Dr. Ternstrom, I was very fascinated and interested in the research you’ve done with Dr. Howard. I appreciated that on your scale, you showed it in a logarithmic scale with the responses that you showed; and the measurements were given in db. Have you taken in account the a weighting or c weighting on that? I’m wondering if that would give some sort of explanation as to why the buzz we hear at about 8-9 Khz, if that gives some explanation, 50 db down but that would be skewed down a little bit. Audio link.
Sten Ternström. Audio link.