Stephen F. Austin

Voice and Vocal Pedagogy

Stephen F. Austin, M.M., Ph.D. is Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. After receiving a masters degree in vocal performance at the University of North Texas, Dr. Austin went on to complete the Ph.D. in Voice Science in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Austin's dissertation was titled "The Effect of Sub-glottal Resonance Upon Vibration of the Vocal Folds". This and other research is published in The Journal of Voice and the Journal of Singing.

Dr. Austin taught at Louisiana State University for 11 years before joining the UNT faculty in 2001. At LSU he was the director of the Laboratory for Research of the Singing Voice. This research facility was a comprehensive lab dedicated to the study of the classically trained singing voice through measurement and analysis of vocal tract acoustics and articulatory behavior. He is now associated with the Texas Center for Music and Medicine at UNT.

Dr. Austin is an active performer and lecturer. He has presented recitals, lectures, and workshops across this country and in Australia and The Netherlands. Recent performances include recitals with his wife, soprano Kathryn George, the role of the Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach and tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Baton Rouge Symphony.

He is regularly featured on the faculty of the Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice sponsored by the Voice Foundation every June in Philadelphia. He has made presentations to the national conventions of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Music Teachers National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He has also been featured as a guest at numerous national and regional workshops sponsored by NATS. Dr. Austin is a regular contributing author to Australian Voice, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and beginning in 2004 he will be a regular contributing author to The Journal of Singing in his new column, Provenance, a look at the continuing influence of pedagogical practice from important historical sources. He serves the national organization of NATS as the chair of the Voice Science Advisory Committee and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing. Dr. Austin serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Voice Foundation.

Dr. Austin has students singing leading roles in professional opera houses in Germany and the United States.