Friday, May 17 • 10:30am - 10:45am
Singing with Tori: A sopranos search for resonance

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Oral tori are bony protrusions on the palate (torus palatinus) or the mandible (torus mandibularis), which occur, usually bilaterally, in an estimated 7 – 10% of the US population. Tori in the mouth of a singer are potentially problematic, as they can grow over time and affect resonance, speech, breath and facial/mask resonances. In this presentation, we demonstrate the impact of the removal of 3-mm tori palatinus by successful reconstructive oral surgery, on the voice characteristics of an adult operatic soprano. Pre- and post-operative analysis of vocal range, long-term average spectrum for speaking and singing, formant location and maximum declination rate were performed. Analytical results were compared with the soprano’s self-evaluation of vocal improvement. Based on these findings a proposal is presented for teachers and vocal coaches to help singers suffering from these abnormalities to cope with sensations and to modify their singing technique. All Data gathered by Dr. Scott McCoy. Data analysis by Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini and Dr. Caroline Meneses SLP.

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Denise Bernardini

Associate Professor of Voice, University of Toledo
Denise is Associate Professor of voice and opera at the University of Toledo.    Denise appears on both the concert, musical theater and opera stage in music of many periods.  She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, communicative... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Alder Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105

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