Mastering Ensemble Singing: The Science and the Art

Date & time 16/04/2016, 13.30

City/place: York

Venue/address: Department of Music, University of York, Heslington, York YO10

Country: GB

Performer/s: Early music vocal quartet led by Robert Hollingworth and barbershop quartet led by Rob Barber.

More info: World Voice Day provides an excellent opportunity for exchange with musicians, voice experts, voice amateurs and interested people from the general public; this year’s event will take you behind the scenes of an exciting research project between the University of York, Sheffield University and Leeds University as part of the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Exploring ‘Expressive Ensemble Performance’ this research seeks to understand the nuances behind good ensemble singing.

Masterclasses: The day will feature two master classes for two vocal ensembles specialising in Early Music and Barbershop by invited singing maestros Robert Hollingworth and Rob Barber respectively. You the audience will have a say – voting live on your experience of the singing performances. Throughout the event we will demonstrate some of the different measures of ensemble singing related to auditory synchronisation and visual communication which are critical aspects of your listening experience. Cutting Edge Research We will be trailing technical aspects of the research project that have never been tried before, including different ways to measure ensemble performance using common and bespoke technologies including the XBox Kinect and Electrolaryngographs. As well as explaining how and why aspects of good ensemble singing are being measured the audience can take part by listening out for specific aspects of the music and trying to determine what gives a music experience the wow factor.

If you are a listener, performer, or just mildly curious there will be something here for you! Singers!!! Come and learn techniques to improve your performance. Listeners!!! Hone your listening skills to enhance future experiences


Contact person/s: Dr. Helena Daffern,, 01904 32(2350)

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