Latest Advances in Acoustics & Resonance with Dr. Don Simonson

Dr. Donald Simonson, tenor, holds the B.M, B.M.E., and M.M. degrees in voice and vocal performance from Drake University, and the D.M. degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University. He continued his studies in voice and opera at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, Austria. His principle teachers include Marion Hall, Otto Edelmann, Anton Dermota, Berton Coffin, and Norman Gulbrandsen. He has sung leading roles and appeared as a soloist with opera companies, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, America, and the Far East including concert performances with ensembles such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Wiener Philharmonia Solisten, the Clemencic Consort, and the Austrian National Radio Symphony, and has been featured on Austrian, German, and Italian national radio and television broadcasts. He has recorded for the Musical Heritage, Harmonia Mundi, Musique D’or, and CBS/Sony Classical labels. As a recitalist, Simonson performs regularly in the United States and abroad, recently completing a recital tour of the Republic of China, where he also performed the title role in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. In addition to his active performance schedule, Simonson currently serves as chair of the voice division at Iowa State University where he teaches voice, vocal literature and pedagogy, and directs musical theatre. Simonson also maintains an active research laboratory at ISU specialising in vocal acoustics and regularly publishes his findings in leading scientific journals.