The College of Idaho is set to welcome alumnus Lynn Maxfield back to campus for a special guest lecture and demonstration on the human voice.
Maxfield, associate director for the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, will speak about the acoustics of singing classical and musical theatre styles during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, inside Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.
The event is free and open to the public.
Maxfield’s presentation will explore the versatile instrumental qualities of the human voice. He will explore how two small folds of tissue, coupled with a resonant airway, can produce sounds capable of both lulling an infant to sleep and being heard over a 60-piece orchestra. Maxfield, with the help of C of I voice students, also will demonstrate the properties that give various performance genres their distinctive sounds.
Maxfield, a 2005 C of I graduate, holds a master’s in voice performance and a Ph.D. in voice pedagogy from the University of Iowa. In his current position at NCVS, he contributes to a multi-site research consortium committed to research and education about voice and speech.