Peaks That Pique Our Interest: Acoustical Differences Between Musical Genres with Dr. Brian Gill


This talk will focus on the spectral changes, brought about by space adjustments within the vocal tract, which are commonly found in different musical genres. The different tunings will be illuminated by the use of VoceVista (Donald Miller) and Madde (Svante Granqvist). Definitions will be given for many of the most often employed terms/concepts in the land of voice acoustics, including harmonics, partials and overtones (Oh my!); formants/resonances; formant tuning/detuning; damping; impedance; timbre;  and the divisions of the pharynx. If time permits, a special segment on new findings regarding the acoustic effects of different degrees of velo-pharyngeal opening will be discussed.

Tenor Brian Gill, D.M.A., Certificate in Vocology, and 2011 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship winner, is associate professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He was previously music associate professor/director of vocal pedagogy at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School and Voice Center (Langone Medical Center).

He has performed numerous operatic and musical theater roles, concerts, and recitals in the United States and abroad. From opera companies and world famous churches/cathedrals to sold out arenas, recording studios, and packed houses playing/singing hard rock, funk, country, jazz, and even Indian classical music, Gill has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, a very diverse performing career entertaining a broad range of audiences around the world

In addition to NYU, he has taught at Eastern Kentucky University, Pace University, University of Kentucky at Lexington, and University of Colorado at Boulder in the Continuing Education program.

A sought-after master clinician/guest lecturer, Gill has taught/presented for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA), U.S. Army Soldier’s Chorus, South Carolina Governor’s School, NYU’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders, New York Voice Study Group, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conferences (Los Angeles, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana) , The Fall Voice Conference, The Voice Foundation, The National Center for Voice and Speech, Acoustical Society of America, Physiology and Acoustics of Singing conference, Pan-European Voice Conference, OPERA America, and Johan Sundberg’s Science of the Singing Voice course.

Abroad, Gill has taught in Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic, and South Korea. His students perform throughout the United States and abroad, including at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Sante Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, The Royal Opera House, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, On and Off Broadway, in Broadway national/international tours, The Soldiers’ Chorus, and many regional theaters in the United States and abroad. He has been published in VOICEPrints (NYSTA official journal), Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology, and Journal of Voice.