Talking of Singing - Heidi Moss 9th August, 5-6.30pm

Learning songs – lessons from a songbird

Heidi is an expert in the neurology of singing and learning to sing. She has found  remarkable parallels between the brain processes and pathways that are used by other vocal learners such as songbirds.

Heidi will talk us through a learning model for teaching a song, using the theories of motor/linguistic learning in a simpler reductionist format. As she puts it: ‘brain stuff with practical application tied in’.

Heidi Moss, is a Bay Area performer, educator, and scientist. Noted for her “rich and radiant soprano” (Edward Oriz, Sacramento Bee) has performed on national and international stages, including numerous local companies such as Opera Parallele, Festival Opera, West Edge Opera, Livermore Opera, Fremont Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the Sacramento Choral Society.

In addition to her musical life, Heidi graduated with a double biology and music degree from Oberlin and a masters in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied telomeres at Rockefeller University and has several publications, including a landmark paper in Cell which was featured in the New York Times elucidating a revolutionary discovery that the ends of DNA are looped.

Her interest in voice science came from her work in the lab of the late Richard Miller at Oberlin. Throughout her career, she has collected historical vocal pedagogy texts and scientific papers both inside and outside the field to fuel her unique perspective on singing. In 2007, a rare cranial nerve injury sidelined her singing career, and both doctors and teachers warned her she may not ever perform again. Using her own scientific research and strategies, particularly in how speech and singing is processed in the brain, she rehabilitated to return to the art she loves. In 2019 she was awarded a ‘Best in the Bay’ award for her Richard Strauss recital featuring John Parr of Deutsch Oper Berlin at the piano.

In addition to a private studio, Heidi teaches voice and vocal physiology at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been an invited speaker at The Pacific Voice Conference, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Oregon, Vocal ProcessUK, and NerdNiteSF. Her writings have appeared in blogs, such as The Naked Vocalist, and her paper on mobile applications and biofeedback will appear in the Journal of Singing in 2020. This June she presented her latest research projects in a lecture and poster at the NATS National Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is currently working on a a series of articles entitled “Minding the Gap: connecting research from basic science and neuroscience to vocal pedagogy”. She is the wife of composer/pianist Kurt Erickson, winner of the NATS Art Song Prize, and they proudly parent 4 children together.

Event fee:

£20 for each conversation booked individually, 10% discount for two, 15% for four and 20% for six in one basket

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