10 years since the last PAS. What has happened in the meantime?


Nathalie Henrich Bernardoni is a multidisciplinary voice scientist. She is Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Department of Human and Social Sciences. She is also a worship singer and choir conductor. Her research projects focus on experimental and clinical phonetics in speech and singing, on physiological and physical characterization of vocal techniques (lyrical singing, amplified singing, world singing), on speech and singing embodiment, and on developing and improving non-invasive experimental techniques and mechatronic voice avatars. She coordinates World Voice Day in France (April 16th). She was awarded a CNRS Bronze Medal in 2013 for her work in vocology.



SOVTE -- pros and cons, Dos and Don'ts


Anne-Maria Laukkanen, PhD, is a Finnish speech scientist and voice trainer. She is Professor of Speech Technique and Vocology at Tampere University, Tampere, Finland. Her main research interests are Voice quality in speech and singing, effects and bases of vocal exercises, effects and mechanisms of vocal loading, and applicability of various research methods in vocological research. Since the 1990’s she has carried out multi-disciplinary investigations on the effects of semi-occlusions, like phonation into tubes, working in various international research groups. 



Singing in a virtual space


Helena Daffern received a BA and MA degree in Music and a PhD in Music Technology from the University of York. She went on to train as a classical singer at Trinity Laban College of Music, London, and develop her own teaching practice whilst enjoying a career as a freelance oratorio soloist, opera singer and chorister. Helena is currently Associate Professor at the University of York where her research brings together the disciplines of performance, science, and technology, with a focus on the acoustics of the singing voice. She is particularly interested in vocal ensembles and utilising virtual reality technology to further our understanding of the processes and benefits of group singing.