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Stephen Austin

Chair of Vocal Studies

/ (940)369-7214

Stephen F. Austin, M.M., Ph.D. is associate professor of voice. Dr. Austin joined the faculty of UNT in 2001 after several years of teaching at Louisiana State University. He teaches applied voice and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Austin received a masters degree in vocal performance from UNT and continued his studies at the University of Iowa where he earned the Ph.D. in voice science from the Department of Communication Disorders under the direction of Dr. Ingo Titze. His unique training in performance and voice science has placed Dr. Austin at the forefront of interdisciplinary work in vocal pedagogy.

Dr. Austin is an active performer, published author, and a popular lecturer in vocal pedagogy and voice science. He has presented recitals, lectures, and master classes across this country, in England, The Netherlands, and in Australia. He is regularly featured on the faculty of the "Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice" sponsored by the Voice Foundation and held in Philadelphia each summer. He has made presentations to the national conventions of the America Speech and Hearing Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He has offered lectures and master classes at national and international conferences and workshops including the Westminster Choir College Summer Workshop, the international meeting of the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, the NATS mid-winter workshops, and recently the Pan European Voice Conference held in London, England. He has also appeared as special guest for the New York Singing Teachers Association.

Dr. Austin is known for his ability to clarify for the voice teaching community the complexities of voice science and to make it applicable to the studio teacher and singer. His articles on this subject have been published in AUSTRALIAN VOICE, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and in the JOURNAL OF SINGING. He writes a featured column in the JOURNAL OF SINGING called 'Provenance' where he examines the historically significant treatises on vocal pedagogy and elucidates important pedagogical principles from the past. His scientific research has focused on the articulatory behavior of classically trained singers and has been published in the JOURNAL OF VOICE. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing, and serves on the Voice Science Advisory Committee of NATS. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Voice Foundation. A successful teacher, he has students singing professionally in this country and in Europe.

Publications

  1. There's a hole in the middle, the middle, the middle.' In Defense of Garcia's Placement of the Falsetto in the Middle of the Singing Range in Both Men and Women." Austin, Stephen F. Journal of Singing, Volume: 62. Date: January, 2006.
  2. "Just for the "Trill" of It!" Austin, Stephen F. Journal of Singing, Volume: 62. Date: March, 2006.
  3. Suoni Filati: The Messa di Voce." Austin, Stephen F. Journal of Singing, Volume: 62. Date: May, 2006, Page 573.
  4. "Words from William Shakespeare." Austin, Stephen F. and William Shakespeare. Journal of Singing, Volume: 63. Date: September, 2006. Page 87.
  5. "Flapping Jaws and Acoustic Laws: A Singer's Guide to Inertive Reactance." Journal of Singing, Volume: 63. Date: November, 2006.
  6. "Buried Treasure: >The Voice Teacher's Problems'". Journal of Singing, Volume 63. Date: January, 2007, Page 325.
  7. "Herman Klein; A >Contemporary' Link to Mozart (I)". Journal of Singing, Volume 63. Date: March, 2007. Page 469.
  8. "Herman Klein; >Contemporary' Link to Mozart (II)". Journal of Singing, Volume 63. Date: May, 2007. Page 577.
  9. Howden, H., Austin, S. F. "Effect of estrogen replacement therapy in the menopausal singing voice". J. of Research in Singing, Vol. XIV, 2, p. 41-50. 1991.
  10. Austin, S. F. "The effect of subglottal resonance upon vocal fold vibration." Journal of Voice. Vol. 11(3), 1997. Pg 391-402.
  11. Austin, S. F. "Movement of the velum during speech and singing in classically trained singers" Journal of Voice. Vol. 11(2), 1997, pg 212-221.
  12. Austin, S. F. "Treasure chest" - a physiological and pedagogical review of the low mechanism". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 3. Jan/Feb. 2005. Pg. 241-251.
  13. Austin, S. F. "Jaw Opening in Novice and Experienced Classically Trained Singers". Accepted for publication in the Journal of Voice, August 10, 2005.
  14. Austin, S. F. "Nasal Resonance - Dispelling the Myth". Australian Voice, Journal of The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 1, 1995, pg. 18-23.
  15. Austin, S.F. Book Review: " Listening: An Introduction to the Perceptions of Auditory Events" by S. Handel. Appeared in Ear & Hearing, Vol. 16 No. 4, July/August, 1995.
  16. Austin, S. F. "Principles of Voice Science: Studio Applications". Australian Voice, Journal of The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing. 1996. Pg. 1-9.
  17. Austin, S. F. "I couldn't understand a single word!" Australian Voice, Journal of The Australian National Association of Teachers of singing. 1997. Pg. 1-5.
  18. Austin, S. F. "Confessions of a Golf-Playing Voice Scientist". Australian Voice, Journal of The Australian National Association of Teachers of singing. 1998. Pg. 1-11.
  19. Austin, S. F. "Pedagogical Application of the Two-Register Theory". Australian Voice, Journal of The Australian National Association of Teachers of singing. 1999. Pg. 25-31.
  20. Austin, S. F. "Nasal Resonance-Fact or Fiction?" Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 57, No. 2. Nov/Dec. 2000. Pg. 33-41.
  21. Austin, S. F. "Scientific Support for the two-register theory of the singing voice". Chapter in The Modern Singing Master. A Festschrift published in honor of master teacher Cornelius Reid's 80 th birthday and 60 years of teaching. Singular Press. Spring, 2002.
  22. Austin, S. F. "Portamento". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 60, No. 3. Jan/Feb, 2004. Pg. 301.
  23. Austin, S. F. "Staccato". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 60, No. 4. March/April, 2004. Pg. 405.
  24. Austin, S. F. "Aspirato: an exception to the rule". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 60, No. 5. May/June, 2004. Pg. 33.
  25. Austin, S. F. "You say marcatto, I say martellato". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 1. Sept/Oct, 2004. Pg. 89.
  26. Austin, S. F. "Register unification - Give me a break!". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 2. Nov/Dec, 2004. Pg. 71.
  27. Austin, S. F. "'Like the Squawk of a Capon' - The tenor do di petto". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 3. Jan/Feb. 2005. Pg 309.
  28. Austin, S. F. "The voce chiusa". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 4. Mar/Apr. 2005. Pg 421.
  29. Austin, S. F. "Singing as straight as you can point". Classical Singer Magazine. Vol. 18, No. 3. March, 2005. Pg. 50.
  30. Austin, S.F. "The Attack on the 'Coup de la glotte'". _ _Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 61, No. 5. May/June 2005. Pg 521.
  31. Austin, S. F. "Two-headed Llamas and the lutte vocale". Journal of Singing, Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Vol. 62, No. 1. Sept/Oct. 2005.
  32. "First Things First". Journal of Singing, Volume 64. Date: September, 2007. Page 89.
  33. "Eye Witness Views". Journal of Singing, Volume 64. Date: November, 2007. Page 217.
  34. "Building Strong Voices: Twelve Different Ways!(1)". Choral Journal, 48:7 Dec, 2007: Pg. 55 66.
  35. Austin, S. F. AJaw Opening in Novice and Experienced Classically Trained Singers@. Journal of Voice. Vol. 21 (1), 2007, pg 72-79.
  36. "Building Strong Voices: Twelve Different Ways!(2)". Choral Journal,Vol. 48:8. Feb, 2008. Pg. 59-73.
  37. "Lean on Me!; The Art of the Appoggiatura" The Journal of Singing. Volume: 64 January, 2008. Pg. 363.
  38. "Plugging the Holes" The Journal of Singing. Volume: 64 March, 2008. Pg. 497.
  39. "Filling the Gap with Guideppe Aprile" The Journal of Singing. Volume: 65 November, 2008. Pg. 225

Presentation to the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference held in Denver, Colorado, 2004.

The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop Power Point presentations Articulation
Training the Male High Voice
Phonation
Registers
Respiration
The Open Throat
Vocal Health

The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop 2007
Vocal Registers
The Voce Chiusa
The Onset
Articulation
Intertive Reactance

The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop 2009
Registers 09
The Vocal Timbres
Articulation

The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop 2011
Vocal Registers
Jaw Position
Vocal Health
Chiaroscuro

The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop 2012
Building Strong Voices 12 Different Ways
Keeping Your Voice Healthy
Stick To The Chest
Out Of the Darkness Into the Bright