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Helena Daffern


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Singing voice Analysis; choral singing practices; vocal pedagogy; voice synthesis; voice source analysis; singing performance; history of the singing voice


Helena is currently a lecturer in Music Technology in the Department of Electronics. She completed her PhD in Music Technology in the Dept of Music and Dept of Electronics at the University of York in 2008 and obtained a Masters degree in singing performance from the University of York before training as a postgraduate at Trinity College of Music. Her doctoral thesis examined the acoustic differences between operatic and early music singing which she continued to explore at postdoctoral level. Her research remains focussed on voice science and acoustics, particularly classical singing techniques and vocal pedagogy, drawing on her experiences as a singing teacher in the Music Department.  To this end, Helena has formed York Centre for Singing Science, a cross-departmental reserach centre exploiting all perspectives of voice research. She also continues to run the York Audio Network, a successful project which promotes cross-discipline collaboration in audio research at the University.A trained BBC expert, Helena has appeared on radio and television broadcasts including BBC Breakfast, and Click for the World Service. Helena continues to sing professionally as a soloist and with various ensembles and opera companies including Opera Holland Park, Opéra de Baugé, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Northern Sinfonia, and has recorded for Warner Music UK, NMC records, and Oxford University Press. 

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