July 2015 - News!


  • AIRS 6th Annual Meeting.  The AIRS 6th Annual Meeting (2015) will  take place in Nashville, Tennessee  (Music City, USA ) July 31 - August 1(noon).  A student/early career professional pizza dinner, round-table, including "on-the-town" experience will take place at 5:30 pm July 30 (contact Arla Good agood@arts.ryerson.ca).  The Policy and Planning Committee meeting will also take place the evening of July 30.  The AIRS Annual meeting takes place prior to the opening of the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), 1:00 pm August 1st, co-convened by Reyna Gordon and Elisabeth Dykens. Note: Registration in the AIRS meeting is open to all those seriously interested in research in all aspects of singing. For further information contact Ross Dwyer (rdwyer@upei.ca,  902-566-6023).

The following will be presented during the 1.5 days of the AIRS 6th Annual Meeting:

Oral presentations

Test-retest reliability and repeated  attempts in singing accuracy measurement. Bryan E. Nichols and Sijia Wang (University of Akron, Ohio, USA) Theme 1

Natural singing practices surrounding babies in their daily lives. Alisa Chitwood & Beatriz Ilari (University of Southern California) Theme: 2.1 and 1

Childhood songs: Views and values in the Vietnamese American home. Tina Huynh and Beatriz Ilari (University of Southern California). Theme: 2.1 and 1  and 3.1

The impact of singing on language development in 4-year old children. Caitlin Bridson-Pateman, Petra Hauf, Annie Larouche, and Helene Deacon  (St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia Canada, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia Theme 2.3

Singing-Voice and the acquisition of phonetics in the learning of French as a foreign language. Sandra Cornaz (Lansad, Univ. Grenoble Alpes  (Grenoble, France); Diane Caussade (Univ Grenoble Alpes, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France). Theme 2.3

Antecedents to the career of singer-songwriter: Preliminary on-line survey results.  Christopher Robison & Annabel Cohen (University of Prince Edward Island). Theme 3.3  (2.1)

Alzheimer’s hand gestures and speech disorders in spoken and sung modalities. Diane Caussade I(GIPSA-lab, CNRS & LIDILEM ); Fanny Gaubert (Centre de formation en orthophonie, ISTR, Univ claude Bernard, Lyon, France); Maud Seriux (Centre de formation en orthophonie, ISTR, Univ claude Bernard, Lyon, France; Nathalie Henrich-Bernardoni (CNRS, Grenoble, France); Nathalie Vallee (CNRS, Grenoble, France). Theme 3.3 and 1.2


AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills. Bing-Yi Pan and Annabel Cohen (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Pitch Analysis. Pauline Larrouy Maestri  presiding (Max Planck Institute of Empirical Aesthetics, Munich, Germany)

Voice Studio Analysis – Developing analysis methods for student and student-teacher interaction: What to look for

How to access and upload to the AIRS Digital Library.  Karen Ludke  (Edge Hill University, UK)

Master Classes

Western-European vocal  repertoire – Darryl Edwards  (University of Toronto)

North Indian classical music vocal training – Utpola Borah   (Independent scholar, Ohio)

For additional information about the AIRS Annual Meeting keep checking the website and click here

Congratulations to all students who received travel awards toward their travel costs to present at the meeting!


  • Student Amy Yu, who is a student researching the role of singing in second language acquisition of vocabulary and grammar with supervisor Henrietta Lempert  in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, has recently received the Dr. Lorus J. Milne and Dr. Margery J. Milne Research Award from U of T Victoria College in support of her project .   She will also be the Medal Tray Bearer at the PanAm games (televised during the medal/gift award ceremonies).  Congratulations Amy!

  • Frank Russo, has been invited to  Singapore to  present an invited talk on July 1 at the Science of Learning Workshop organized by the National Research Foundation (NRF).  The talk is entitled " A neuro-cognitive perspective on the efficacy of singing in foreign-language learning".

  • Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

    ICA 2016, the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 5-9, 2016. The Congress venue will be the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires (UCA).   LINK 




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