Presentation: What the Fach: The Language of Musicians
This presentation will provide terminology and definitions of common musical terms used by singers and teachers of singing in the voice studio. Terms that relate to functional efficiency in singing will also be discussed. Audio and video examples will be used to demonstrate and help bridge the gap between clinical language and the understanding of what singers actually mean when talking about their own singing voices.
Panel: Useful Lies: Pseudoscience in the Voice Studio and Clinic
This panel will discuss phrases and ideas often used in the voice studio and clinic that could be considered “useful lies.” We often have to simplify complicated scientific ideas to help clients facilitate a change in vocal efficiency. The panel will examine some of our favorite “useful” lies and explore fact and fiction.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Klein has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Klein is a member of the conference planning committee. He has no other non-financial relationships to disclose.
A teacher, singer, conductor, and pianist/accompanist/coach based out of Cleveland, OH, Nicholas Klein, tenor, is often known for his warmth and clarity of tone in addition to his exceptional musicianship. Dr. Klein is a member of the music faculty at Cleveland State University as a Lecturer and the Head of Voice in the School of Music. Prior to his time at CSU, Dr. Klein served as a Lecturer in Vocal Music at Eastern Washington University and at Seattle Pacific University as an Instructor of Voice and the director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Nicholas has also served as Director of Music for numerous churches including Central Lutheran Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, OH, where he also served as the Interim Director of Music for the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. In addition to his duties as Director of Music, Nicholas was also a tenured soloist and section leader of the St. Joseph Cathedral Schola. Nicholas has been recognized internationally as a soloist and chorus member for his performances in Hungary, Switzerland and Italy (Tuscany region and Rome). Recent engagements/roles include Dr. Caius (Falstaff) with Puget Sound Concert Opera, BWV 97 (Soloist) with the Seattle Bach Choir, Larry/Matt (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Don José (Carmen - excerpts), and Flavio (Norma). Nicholas is also a member of Choral Audacity, a professional choir based in the San Francisco bay area.
Nicholas holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington where his research focused on The Efficacy of Mental Practice for Motor Skill Enhancement in Singing. Secondary areas of research include Vocal Pedagogy for Transgender singers, and homoerotic subtexts in the music of Benjamin Britten. Dr. Klein has also earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education from the Capital University Conservatory of Music in partnership with the Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and a Kodály Certificate from the Zoltan Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Visit him at: www.nicholaskleintenor.com.