Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center

a room inside the vocal arts center
Photo credit: Julie Gulenko

Students can record, play back, and analyze vocal performances using sophisticated audio and video equipment. The lab features high-tech tools for examination of both the function and the timbre of the artistic singing voice.

For example, a sonograph captures voice phonations, displaying them as waves on a computer screen; a nasometer shows nasality in the voice; a laryngograph determines the accuracy of pitch and vocal onset; and other instruments measure levels of air flow, air pressure, and sound pressure.

Vocal studies majors, with guidance from conservatory faculty, often use the center to review and analyze their vocal technique and artistry.