Affiliation: Youngstown State University
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: A Linguistic Approach to a Lifelong Healthy Singing and Healing Voice for All Ages and Levels
Abstract: This session will explore a linguistic approach to clear diction and flowing choral/vocal tone using consonants as facilitators, especially focusing on voiced consonants. Participants will experience a beautiful vocal onset, frontal resonance, and an effective appoggio that is an essential technique for breath management. This session will also discuss the scientific underpin of the benefits of the consonantal approach and examine voice therapy exercises relevant to consonantal phonation and apply voice therapy principles for healing damaged or weakened voices and strengthening vocal technique.
Biography: Hae-Jong Lee, Associate Professor, has been Director of Choral Activities at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University since 2002. Lee also serves as the Artistic Director of Stambaugh Chorus and Warren Civic Chorus, working regularly with many aged singers. Lee earned the D.M.A. degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the M.M. degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and the B.M. degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Lee has taught a wide range of vocal students in his private voice studio since 1986. Lee is a strong advocate of “linguistic approach to a beautiful tone, using consonants as facilitators.” As he, in addition to working with young singers, is working regularly with many aged singers, he is very interested in promoting a lifelong healthy singing and healing weakened and damaged voices. He remains active as guest conductor and clinician for a variety of choral events in the United States and Korea. He has presented a lecture of the same topic at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea during summer 2014. While visiting Korea, Lee also guest-conducted Seoul Motet Choir, a premier professional choir of Korea and lead multiple lectures and clinics for Korean choirs and choral workshops. During May 2017 he has also lead a successful concert tour to South Korea with the Dana Chorale, a premier chamber ensemble of YSU, additionally sharing his lecture of the same topic “Linguistic Approach” with Gyeong-ju City Choir. He is an active member of professional organizations, including ACDA, IFCM, and NAfME.