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A University of Illinois student is researching how acoustics affect singers’ performances

Natalia Łastowiecka is an undergraduate student at the U of I — double majoring in vocal performance and speach and hearing science — conducting research into how a singer’s vocal performance can change depending on the acoustics of the room they are performing in. 

She is working alongside associate professor Yvonne Gonzales Redman as well as collaborating with Dr. Pasquale Bottalico in Speech and Hearing Science at the U of I. 

Research has been conducted with singers at various U of I performance spaces, including Smith Recital Hall and various Krannert Center stages. The research has shown that singers tend to change the extent of vibrato — as well as other vocal parameters —depending on the performance space.  

The research is to be presented at The Voice Foundation Symposium in June. For more information on the research, check out the School of Music’s article here

Top image from Krannert Center’s website.

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