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Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Bach Festival (OBF)

The Oregon Bach Festival (OBF) is one of the largest classical music summer festivals in North America. Under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling, the Oregon Bach Festival presents three weeks of choral-orchestral masterworks, guest artists, chamber music, social events, and education programs. Based in Eugene, the University of Oregon event also produces a summer series in Portland, with concerts in other cities and special events throughout the year. The Oregon Bach Festival has commissioned world premieres of many major works, including Sven-David Sandström’s Messiah and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo, the festival’s recording of which won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

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National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS)

The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) is a multi-site research and teaching organization dedicated to studying the characteristics, limitations, and enhancement of human voice and speech. The NCVS is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the Lead Institution located at the University of Utah. NCVS is also a Center at the University of Iowa where it has laboratories in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. In addition, the NCVS has collaborators in Denver and at many institutions around the United States. Its focus is vocology, or the science and practice of voice habilitation. The NVCS offers an intense summer vocology program; voice professionals who complete the coursework earn the Certificate in Vocology.

VoceVista by Dr. Donald Gray Miller


VoceVista professional voice analysis software a unique hardware/software package which incorporates the two electronic signals most revealing of the singing voice (real-time spectrum analysis and electroglottograph) into an integrated, user-friendly package for home computers. It is currently being used by singers and singing teachers throughout the world. VoceVista displays the signals in combinations of three basic formats: spectrogram, power spectrum, and high time-resolution waveforms. VoceVista is the invention of Dr. Donald Gray Miller, a retired operatic bass and singing teacher who is currently an associate of the Groningen Voice Research Laboratory in the Netherlands. Both Shorter University and Auburn University are recognized as official VoceVista institutions.

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Rotary International (RI)

Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or political preference. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals. Rotary's best-known motto is "Service above Self,” and its secondary motto is "They profit most who serve best".

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Smithsonian Folkways

Over the past decade, the Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music has emerged as the most important summer training program for educators interested in integrating world music into their curricula. Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources are sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning as well as developing an understanding of ways to teach music of the world’s cultures. Musical experiences are tailored for use at various levels, including in classes for children, youth, and adults in university and community settings, with occasional small group sessions to decipher and discuss applications for particular teaching contexts and aims. Enrolled participants join together to share particular means of teaching world music, and receive documentation from the Smithsonian Institution that certifies their specialized study in world music pedagogy.


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