Confirmation of Candidature - Paolo Fabris


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Presenter:  CDU College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society

Date: Aug 27, 2019

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), CDU
T: 08 8946 6402
E: Research.Degrees@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Yellow 1.2.48, Savanna Room, Casuarina Campus, CDU

The attractor states of the human voice: applying the Dynamic System Theory to evaluate the impact of ethnic and cultural background, gender and lifestyle on the singing abilities of non-trained singers in a multicultural society.

Paolo Fabris
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Charles Darwin University

BIO
Paolo is an accomplished Italian actor, singer and vocal coach. He earned his Diploma of Jazz Singing in 2000 from Centro Professione Musica in Milan, Italy. Paolo studied singing under Francesca Oliveri and Paola Folli. He was introduced to Estill Voice Training during the 2001 course where he studied under Jo Estill, Jim Heiner, and Anne-Marie Speed and later ElisaTurla’.

With a passion for Musical Theatre, Paolo studied acting in the Stanislavskij's Method and has worked with a number of major companies in Italy playing leading roles in Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Sound of Music. During his career, Paolo has given his voice to several animation movies, TV and Radio advertisements. In 2006 he obtains the qualification as Certified Course Instructor in the Estill Voice Training making him one of the seven Australians authorized to teach the EVT in public courses. Paolo started lecturing in Vocal Studies at Charles Darwin University in 2009. He conducts five choirs for the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Societies: Growing voices, Mixed Youth Choir, (VoxCrox community Choir), Still Belting Out! (Senior Citizens choir) and the CDU Students Choir. Currently he is the director of the Centre for Youth and Community Music (CDU) and lecturer
in Vocal Studies

Research Areas
• Anatomy and physiology of the Voice
• The employment of the Estill Voice Training in Tertiary education
• Pedagogy of Voice
• Choral conducting
• Musical Theatre (studies and performance)

Recent Research and Presentation
• The employment of the Estill Voice Training in Community Choirs (Masters by Research, 2017, CDU)
• Teaching Estill Voice Training to aboriginal musicians (2013, Harvard)
• The employment of Estill Voice Training in tertiary education (2012, CDU)

Awards
2012 - Ryan Family Award
2013 – Best presentation: Estill World Symposium - Harvard University
2015 – Ryan Family Award

ABSTRACT
In the late 1980’s Josephine Estill (1921-2010), scientist and founder of the Estill Voice Training (Jo Estill, Klimek, Obert, & Steinhauer, 2005b), suggested that the Dynamic System Theory (DST) could be applied to the complex system of the vocal instrument. The Dynamical Systems Theory (ColomboDougovito) applied to biomechanics (Kelso, 1995) is the adaptation of motor behaviour changes through a serious of tasks, organism and environmental constraints. Within the DST, Attractor States
(AS) are the conditions of stability of any structure forming each dynamical system. Like the human body rebalances itself when standing on a moving surface, so the voice readapts itself according to each vocal task by moving into a new condition of stability (a new attractor state). According to this theory, trained singers, as opposed to non-trained singers, make structural choices to over-ride primordial attractor states.

Using the Compulsory Figures and the Voice Qualities (Jo Estill, Klimek, Obert, & Steinhauer, 2005a) of EVT as the paradigm for evaluation, this research aims to analyse from an anatomical, linguistical, ethnographic and sociological point of view, the physiological changes that non-trained singers make when singing, and how these changes are influenced by the background and the lifestyle of the singer. It will contribute to understand what vocal structures are associated to different cultural background, different gender and different lifestyle. Furthermore, this research aims to determine which cultural elements influence, stimulate and develop the singing ability.

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