Widening Young Male Participation in Chorus

An interdisciplinary study of the conflicts faced by boys undergoing voice change. The study draws on the sociology of boyhood and the physiology of vocal development during puberty. The project addressess the question of how high boys should sing between the ages of 11 and 14, when large numbers are lost to singing. There is conflict between speech quality singing in a tessitura that descends with the growth of the larynx and falsetto/"head voice" (thin fold phonation) which maintains a high tessitura thought to sound "angelic".


Principal investigator
Professor Martin Ashley
Principal project staff
Professor Martin Ashley
Start date
Tuesday, January 1, 2008