Who’s Who in Singing Research

This is a list of researchers that I put together while researching my book about singing. It is by no means complete, it only reflects areas I looked into. Also, the descriptions in parenthesis are notes to myself and they are not necessarily how the person indicated would categorize their work. Some of the people on this list may not be researching singing per se, but I felt their work was related. (And a few of them were added recently.)

I thought this list might be useful to others looking into the science of singing. Suggestions for additions would be most welcome. I think I might update it later to include the papers I found useful and links to the researcher’s labs or websites.

Singing Researchers

Stephen Clift (Singing and Health)
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

Mary Cohen (Prison Choirs)
University of Iowa

Proj. Jane Davidson (Group singing paper)
The University of Western Australia

Robin Dunbar (Performance and pain threshold)
University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK.

Dr. Thomas Fritz
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Grenville Hancox (Singing and Health)
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

David Huron (Sad music)
Ohio State University
School of Music

Petr Janata
University of California

Sebastian Jentschke
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Julene Johnson, PhD (Singing and Aging)
UCSF School of Nursing
Institute for Health & Aging

Ai Kawakami (sad music)
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Prof. Gunter Kreutz (Singing, S-iga)
University of Oldenburg

Edward Large (Singing, rhythm, mirror neurons)
Florida Atlantic University
Music Dynamics Lab

Daniel Levitin
McGill University
Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise

Linda Maguire (Singing and Alzheimers)
George Mason University

Istvan Molnar-Szakacs (Singing and autism, mirror neurons)
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Kazuo Okanoya (sad music)
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Katie Overy
University of Edinburgh

Lawrence Parsons
The University of Sheffield

Aniruddh Patel
The Neurosciences Institute/Tufts

Julie Ann Pooley
Edith Cown University

Valorie N. Salimpoor (effects of listening to music)
Rotman Research Institute

Ahmet Muhip Sanal
Abant Izzet Baysal University

Gottfried Schlaug (singing and stroke)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
The Music And Neuroimaging Lab

Dr. Jeanette Tamplin (Singing and brain injury)
University of Melbourne

Michael Thaut
Colorado State University

Laurel Trainor (infant response to singing)
McMaster University
Auditory Development Lab

Robert Zatorre (music and the brain)
Montreal Neurological Institute 

I Might Try a Raffle

There’s this app, Rafflecopter, that I can use to set up a raffle for my books. I suppose I could do a raffle without it, but still. The thing would be thinking of a way to conduct it that wouldn’t be annoying for people to enter. Or be too much work.

For Christmas I got two prisms for my window, and I love them. The colors move around my apartment throughout the day, sometimes lighting up my hands, or the cats, and other things. This is a gargoyle thing on the wall in my kitchen


Amahl and the Night Visitors at Grace Church

Every year I attend the Grace Church performance of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. I grew up listening to this opera at Christmas, to hear it now makes me feel … like life goes on forever. I remember snippets of the holiday from my childhood, my grandparents, our house in Huntington, tinsel (never used now due to cats). Sigh.

Here’s a very short video I made of their performance 7 years ago, in 2014!! I really am a creature of habit. Another nice thing, attendees get a poinsettia out of it! The church invites the audience up onto the altar afterwards to help themselves to a plant. The green one (once red) was from last year, the red one was this year’s.


More Caroling

A brief video of caroling at Jenny and Christy Spiecher’s house. Jenny used to live in the first floor of my building. I have a picture from their party last year (scroll down). Two of the musicians are the same, and they are from the Romp family, from Christmas on Jane Street: A True Story. They’ve been selling trees on Jane Street since 1988. This party was packed, by the way, but most of the people were in the room behind me. Where the food was.

It’s Freaking Cold out There

The maddening thing is, when I went out I realized later that I’d gotten some things for Christmas that would have helped. Like the “infinity” scarf, which would have protected with my freezing-to-death face. And ear muffs. Speaking of which, check out the Tweetie Pie ear muffs.


Well, as cold as I was, at least I wasn’t these poor guys. (Checking off bus driver as a possible mid-life career change.)