This volume came to fruition through the engagement and dialogue of many invaluable voices. The editors wholeheartedly thank the authors, who have each contributed a unique perspective and fascinating research, for their hard work and patience as the book developed. And we are truly indebted to Senior Editor Norman Hirschy for his vision and for his consistent encouragement, patience, expertise, and thoughtful guidance throughout this book project. We appreciate Trevor Pinch for first suggesting this project to Norm and for making the introduction. We also thank the six extremely thoughtful and helpful readers who reviewed the manuscript.
Beyond the authors, editors, and reviewers, many have worked hard on getting this volume to the finish line. The brilliant Juliette Bellocq and Jessica Fleischmann took on the challenge to render Yoko Ono’s text. We owe thanks to graphic designer Gabriel Lee, who masterfully handled the broad range of figure styles across the many chapters. Additional thanks to Jonas Herbsman, Ms. Ono’s legal representative, and David Leaf, who facilitated the introduction to her team. We also acknowledge Jake Johnson and Schuyler Whelden for their careful copyediting work with the book’s diverse material. Devastatingly, not everyone was able to cross the finish line with us. We remember with gratitude countertenor Brian Asawa, whose chapter was unfinished at the time of his unexpected passing.
For space, staff support, funding, and more, we are also deeply grateful to the University of California Los Angeles, the Herb Alpert School of Music, the UCLA Department of Musicology, the RU Nelson Endowment, University of California Multicampus Research Group (MRG), Keys to Voice Studies: Terminology, Methodology, and Questions Across Disciplines, the UCLA Faculty Research Grant, and the UCLA Arts Initiative award. Without this support, we would not have been able to organize the Voice Studies Now conference in 2015, which allowed the authors to exchange ideas in person and with an enthusiastic audience. And the conference and volume would not have been possible without the further support of Deans David Schaberg and Judi Smith, Mike D’Errico, Jessica Gonzales, Luis Henao, Raymond Knapp, Anahit Manoukian, Tiffany Naiman, Barbara van Nostrand, Jillian Rogers, Jessica Schwartz, and Neal Stulberg, to whom we offer sincerest thanks. Special gratitude goes to Jody Kreiman for coteaching two seminars on voice with Nina and for answering all questions voice, as well as to her colleagues at the Bureau of Glottal Affairs, UCLA School of Medicine—especially Bruce Gerratt, Zhaoyan Zhang, Rosario Signorello, and Jennifer Long—who hosted our seminar for two vocal apparatus dissections. At Bowling Green (p. x) State University, Kathy is grateful to Ron Scherer not only for his work with her on their chapter, but for his advice and support of the project.
Finally, we thank our families and friends for their support and patience throughout this process.
The cover photo features Valeriy Mongush playing a contemporary doshpuluur. Photo by Vasilii Maksimovich Balchyi-ool, courtesy of the Övür House of Culture, Xandagaity, Tyva Republic.
About the Companion website
Oxford has created a website to accompany The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies. Material that cannot be made available in a book, namely figures and audio content, are available here. The collaborative syllabus, described in chapter 23, is also provided here. The reader is encouraged to consult this resource in conjunction the chapters. Examples available online are indicated in the text with Oxford’s symbol.
The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies
Edited by Nina Sun Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel