Date: August 6-9, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah


Join the NCVS , along with renowned voice scientists and vocal trainers,

for a 4-day singing workshop with "wired" master classes. Melding

professional voice and technology, these enhanced techniques

will explore in-depth singing instruction, using technology in studio.

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Hear and interact with international voice professionals like: Ingo Titze, Brian Gill, Cynthia Munzer, Stephen Robertson, John Nix and Donald Miller.

Understand how vocal health and voice science are intertwined.


Learn spectrographic & EGG technology that can be used

in the studio to help with singing instruction & biofeedback.


Gain hands-on experience by presenting your own teaching techniques
in an open session, while being ‘wired’ with the technology


Participate in four days of focused master classes


This 4-day event for only $600 (professional) $500 (student)


NOTE: The first day will be intensive review of acoustics, recording and technology. You may opt to attend only the final 3 days for $525


Join us August, in Salt Lake City, for this truly unique event!


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The symposium will feature the follow keynote speakers:


Ingo R. Titze, Ph.D., is a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the School of Music. He is also the Executive Director for the National Center for Voice and Speech, which is located at the University of Utah.

Dr. Titze has published over 350 articles in scientific and educational journals, authored books entitled Principles of Voice Production and The Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation, Fascinations with the Human Voice, and is currently completing his most recent book, entitled Vocology. Dr. Titze is considered the" father of vocology" (a specialty within speech-language pathology).  He has defined the word and the specialty as “the science and practice of voice habilitation.” 



Donald Gray Miller, Ph.D.
is an operatic bass-baritone. After earning a Master of Music degree from Yale University, he sang professionally for several years in Europe. When he joined the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Music, he continued an active performing career in opera, concert, and recital. In the 1980s, he started doing research on the acoustics and physiology of the singing voice with Harm Schutte in Groningen, The Netherlands. Later in that decade he settled in Groningen full time, where he and Prof. Schutte published a number of articles, earning him a PhD with the publication of Registers in Singing in the year 2000. Since 1996, a product of that research has been the software program VoceVista, providing digital feedback for singing instruction from spectrum analysis and the electroglottograph (EGG). In 2008, Miller published Resonance in Singing, concisely describing the application of the system to analysis of the recorded literature, as well as to live instruction in the voice studio.


Stephen Robertson Ph.D., is a vocal pedagogue who is much in demand both nationally and internationally. In the USA, he has given regular masterclasses and lectures at the University of Indiana singing workshops. He also gives presentations on aspects of vocal technique for both singers and pedagogues. As Head of Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he brings to the post the multi-disciplinary skills of singer, teacher and voice researcher and a clear vision for the future training of young singers.

Stephen studied Music at the University of Oxford and Singing with Marjorie Thomas and David Johnston of the Royal Academy of Music. He sang at Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Osterfestspiele, where he was invited to join the music staff. He taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for six years and has been teaching at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) for eleven years. Stephen’s students have sung at many of the world's leading opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, Le Chatelet, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Opera, Canadian National Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Strasbourg, Wiesbaden, English National, Glyndebourne, Opera North, and others. In addition to his teaching, Stephen is actively involved in singing voice research, especially in the area of the male passaggio. In August 2012, he was an invited speaker at the international Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference in Stockholm, and in May this year he is giving a demonstration master class for the British Voice Association in London.



Mezzo-soprano Cynthia Munzer has sung over twenty roles in 223 performances with the Metropolitan Opera, in New York at Lincoln Center, and on tour in the United States and Japan. Audiences across America have known her through weekly Metropolitan Opera Saturday Broadcasts and over 20 Met Opera broadcast recordings with Pavarotti, Milnes, Domingo, Sutherland, Caballé, Kraus, Corelli, Birgit Nillson, Scotto. Broadcast performances have included....Wagner's Die Walkure. Her students are winners of such regional, national and world wide competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Berlin Opera, Prague Dvorak, and International Liszt competitions.
Currently a tenured associate professor of vocal arts and opera at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Ms. Munzer is sought after for her vocal master classes. Having already garnered praise for presentations in China, Taiwan, Croatia, British Columbia, Mexico, Austria, Italy and Australia, she also has major presenters in the United States: The Metropolitan Opera National Council master classes, the Met Opera Guild in New York City, The Schubert Club Song Festival in MN, celebrity master classes at the Classical Singer Magazine Convention in NYC and LA, and over a dozen major universities throughout the US.



briangillBrian Gil, D.M.A., (tenor) - Faculty Fellow in Residence (University Hall) and the 2011 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded by The Voice Foundation/NATS - has performed numerous operatic and musical theater roles, concerts, and recitals in the United States and Europe. Performances include Rodolfo (La Bohème), The Magician (The Consul), Lippo Fiorentino (Street Scene), The Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), First Armored Man (Die Zauberflote), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), The Beast (Vittorio Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast), Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Anything Goes) and Luther Billis (South Pacific). Dr. Gill has sung with Opera Carolina, Colorado Lyric Opera, Colorado Lyric Theater Festival, and Kentucky Opera. Professor Gill also played bass and sang in Disney’s Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Paris, France where he performed with the Grammy-nominated country band, The Moody Brothers (winners of three International Country Music Awards). While in France, Professor Gill performed in the 7eme Festivale Nationale de Rimes et Accords as tenor soloist/guest recitalist. He performed in several other concerts and recitals including a celebration of Armistice Day at Notre Dame Cathedral. 


John Nix, Tenor, is Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, coordinator of the Vocal Area for the 2011-2014 academic years, and founding director of the UTSA Vocal Arts Laboratory.  Previously he was on the staff of the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, where he worked with Ingo Titze.  Mr. Nix has also served on the music faculties of The University of Colorado at Denver and Eastern New Mexico University.  He holds degrees in Arts Administration from Florida State University, in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Certification in Vocology from the University of Iowa.  At Colorado, he studied voice and pedagogy with the late Barbara Doscher and the Alexander Technique with James Brody.  His current and former students include two Santa Fe Opera apprentices, members of the Army Soldiers’ Chorus, a second place winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, a two-time finalist in the American Traditions competition, and faculty members at universities in several states.  UTSA students of his have gone on to win graduate fellowships to universities such as Indiana and Westminster Choir College. His work has been funded by The San Antonio Area Foundation, The Grammy Foundation, UT-San Antonio, and two R-13 grants from NIH.  Mr. Nix was the 2006 winner of the NATS/Voice Foundation Van Lawrence Award.  His published articles have appeared in The NATS Journal, The New York Opera Newsletter, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Journal of Voice, The Journal of Singing, The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, Vocalease, Australian Voice and The Opera Journal.  Mr. Nix is editor and annotator of From Studio to Stage: Repertoire for the Voice, compiled by Barbara Doscher (Scarecrow, 2002), is Vocal Music section editor for the Oxford Handbook of Music Education (to be published in summer 2012) and a general editor (along with David Howard and Graham Welch) and author for The Oxford Handbook of Singing (to be published in 2013 or 2014).  

Historical Note:
Even while battling cancer, Paul Kiesgen extended his teaching career by hosting high-level annual workshops at Indiana University. These justifiably drew participants from over the whole of North America, as well as abroad. Like other professionals, singing teachers need to continue to learn. The particular difficulty for singing teachers, however, is that the severely limited ability of language to describe sound, coupled with the hidden and personal nature of the instrument, makes the sharing of information about what singers “do” very difficult. In his last years Paul, who did so much to upgrade singing pedagogy as a serious and sharable discipline, introduced to his workshops the feedback signals of VoceVista, thus greatly improving the chances of individual singing teachers to be discussing the same objective phenomena. Mutual learning among singing teachers takes a great leap forward in this way.

It takes years of learning and experience to make an accomplished teacher of singing. Paul’s passing leaves a gap for those who seek to enhance their knowledge with an intensive summer course. The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) in Salt Lake City has picked up the thread and engaged Stephen Robertson and Donald Miller, who figured prominently in the most recent of Paul’s workshops. They will be joined by prominent master teachers Roy Delp and Cynthia Munzer to focus, respectively, on countertenors and mezzos. The considerable similarities, as well as some differences, between these two categories of singers show up brilliantly and objectively in the display of real-time feedback from the signals. We look forward to learning at all levels, and not just among countertenors and mezzos.

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