Stephen F. Austin, PhD

Provenance: Historic Voice Pedagogy Viewed through a Contemporary Lens

ISBN: 978-0-9905073-7-6 (361 pages, soft cover)

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Provenance, by Stephen F. Austin, PhD, presents an anthology of fifty-nine articles and essays that originally appeared in the Journal of Singing over the period from 2005-2016. Austin’s work, which links historic and contemporary voice teaching, with additional support provided by voice science, follows in the rich tradition established by Berton Coffin, Cornelius Reid, and James Stark. But none of these prior authors came close to the comprehensive content of the current volume. Original sources are both cited and reprinted—in translation and facsimile—with Austin’s commentary demonstrating the efficacy of the work of distinguished master teachers from Manuel Garcia, through Lamperti, Shakespeare, Bassini, Stockhausen, Root, Klein, and many others. Each new generation of singing teachers seems to think it must “reinvent the wheel:” Austin clearly proves that there is an alternate, more effective path to vocal excellence.
           Scott McCoy, publisher

Stephen F. Austin, MM, PhD is Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Texas. He serves as the Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies in the College of Music. Dr. Austin is a singer, voice teacher, and a trained voice scientist, having earned his Ph.D. in voice science under the direction of Dr. Ingo Titze at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa.

He has published original scientific investigations on articulation and acoustics of the singing voice in Journal of Voice and has published articles on pedagogy, voice science, and historical pedagogy in the Journal of Singing, Australian Voice, The Choral Journal, and Classical Singer. He was creator of the popular column, “Provenance” in the Journal of Singing from 2004 until 2016.

Dr. Austin is a popular lecturer and has given presentations and master classes around the world. Dr. Austin serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Singing. He is a successful studio teacher with current and former students singing throughout the United States and in Europe. He has mentored graduate students who hold university faculty appointments around the country and Australia. Dr. Austin conducts The Vocal Pedagogy Workshop around the country and every summer on the campus of the University of North Texas where he teaches the practical application of important scientific concepts and pedagogical tenets of the historical Italian School of singing.