Thursday, January 20 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(Snow Date: Tuesday January 25, 10:30 a.m. -1 1:45 a.m.)
Dr. Robert Swift, Professor of Music, Department of Music, Theater, and Dance,
An exploration of the most common musical instrument – the human voice. In this presentation, adapted from his popular music appreciation course at Plymouth State University, Dr. Swift will discuss the mechanism of singing, the method of voice classification, various voice ranges from child soprano to basso profondo, the now-obsolete castrato, and some of the many categories of vocal literature. Recordings will be included. The session concludes with community singing for those who wish to “break forth.”
Dr. Swift received his bachelor’s degree in music education summa cum laude from Hartwick College, and his master’s and doctoral. degrees from the Eastman School of Music in music education. He has taught public school music grades 3-12, and college and university courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Memphis State University and Plymouth State University. He has directed the Pemigewasset Choral Society since 1979. Dr. Swift is an active church musician and is the author of several published musical compositions. Dr. Swift has served as a choral conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of MUSIC FROM THE MOUNTAINS: New York State Music Camp, 1947-1996. In 1998 he received the Music Educator of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and the Distinguished Teaching Award 1998 from Plymouth State University.