Some of the material in is restricted to members of the community. By logging in, you may be able to gain additional access to certain collections or items. If you have questions about access or logging in, please use the form on the Contact Page.
The study of choral sound is accomplished through acoustic choral music measurement. Physical acoustics are the aspects of sound that can be quantifiably measured and psycho-acoustics is how we perceive what we hear. This study of choral sound will focus on the measurable physical acoustic facets of amplitude, frequency and the quality of sound. These facets of acoustic choral sound have psycho-acoustical correlates of loudness, pitch and timbre. The success of individual singers within a choral setting is largely dependant upon the conductor's capacity to identify unconscious vocal habits and provide guidance for their ameliorated vocal function. A clear understanding of the acoustics of choral sound and the appropriate application of this knowledge can enable choral conductors to better facilitate the creation of a superior choral sound. To assist the conductor, appropriate solo and speech research literature has been included to provide an historical foundation and additional clarification of apropos subject matter. An extensive glossary has been provided in this document that codifies terminology from music acoustics, voice science, choral studies, voice studies, equipment guides and usage, mathematics, and statistics. The goal of this glossary is to facilitate the intermingling of many divergent disciplines present in this document and to provide a resource for reference when reading documents not included in this writing. The acoustics of choral sound are introduced to provide a unified document in a concise format that can serve as a springboard for informed practice, rehearsal and study.
A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
André Thomas, Professor Directing Dissertation; Richard Morris, Outside Committee Member; Judy Bowers, Committee Member; Kevin Fenton, Committee Member.
Florida State University
Use and Reproduction
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). The copyright in theses and dissertations completed at Florida State University is held by the students who author them.