Physics Department Colloquium

Date: Thu. 17 Nov, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Location: Workman Center

Loren Jacobson, adjunct faculty member, will present the Physics Department Colloquium. This talk is titled "The Physics of Singing." Jacobson will discuss the one aspect of singing that has to do with the production of a specific set of overtones in the vicinity of 3 kilohertz. This is called the "singing formant" and it is this set of overtones that allows a classical singer to be heard over the sound of orchestral accompaniment. The physical changes which the singer must accomplish will be described, in the context of acoustic resonance, vocal cord behavior and breathing. Even though the phenomenon is well known, it is not widely understood, and from personal experience, it is not easy, or impossible to teach. Jacobson has sung professionally with the choir of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., and with the Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center and on a tour of France and England. He has also performed several operas with in Ohio and has studied voice in Dayton, Ohio, and Seattle. 4 p.m. in Workman101.

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