Professional engineer, academic, organist, pianist, choral director, singerc
David M Howard is a Chartered Engineer (electronic), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET),  Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior Member IEEE), Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA), Member of the Audio Engineering Society (MAES), Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (MBAAP), Member of the British Voice Association, and the Head of Department of Electronics at the University of York, UK. There he holds a Personal Chair in Music Technology and he teaches and researches in that area with particular reference to the analysis and synthesis of the human voice; for both singing and speaking. In addition, he writes iPhone Apps and real-time software for use in voice teaching.

David is an organist, choir conductor and choral singer and he links his musical interests in with his research whenever possible. He conducts the Vale of York Voices, a choir that sings Evensong once a month in York Minster. He is always looking for opportunities to play interesting pipe organs; they are so varied and typically, each one is unique.

David is very proud to have been made an Honorary Member of the Association of Croatian Choral Directors after giving an Invited Keynote at the Ars Choralis 2014 Conference and to have been presented with a plaque for his Scientific Research in the field of Chorusology. 

David gives lectures to encourage public understanding of science, engineering and technology as often as possible and has led a number of Cafe Scientifique events, National Science and Engineering Week stands, and has appeared on TV as presenter (Voice and Castrato for BBC4-TV) and many times as an interviewee. He works with Francis Newton on providing healthy voice use advice and guidance workshops as 'Voice Matters'.

Away from work David is a keen sailor and having completed the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Day Skipper qualification. He bare-boat charters yachts for holidays with his family  in the Mediterranean when opportunities arise. He hopes to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification in due course when he has sufficient sea miles on his log.

David also enjoys skiing but has major boot issues even after having a pair specially fitted. Perhaps he will move to snowboarding, but maybe not - the last trip was OK when wearing flight socks having taken them out of the drawer instead of silk socks!
News ...

David has written Choral Singing and Healthy Voice Production for choral directors and choir singers to be launched in St. Sepulchre's, London with Ralph Allwood (who wrote the Foreword) with his Rodolfus Choir on Friday 20th February 2015 at 6pm (free admission - please email alexia@shorterhouse.com by 10th Feb to reserve a place). It covers voice production, vocal health, choral singing, warm-up exercises, and tuning and blend with examples to be used in rehearsals to develop skills.

David presents the Vocal Tract Organ in Berlin in November 2014 at the Die stimme im Ausnahmezustand event. The focus is on unusual voice performance instruments and how they are used in practice. This is a 'by invitation' presentation which is rather special!

Help me with my a cappella tuning survey: If you are a choir director and you work on a cappella repertoire, I would be very grateful if you would complete my 10 question survey.

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David worked with Andy Hunt at the 'I'm inclusive' music event in the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York on 1st March 2014 demonstrating new musical instruments and controllers including the Vocal Tract Organ.

David was a Keynote at the SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) conference: 'Researching Music, Education, Technology: Critical Insights' conference at the Institute of Education, London, 2-3 April 2014 where he presented his Vocal Tract Organ.
Croatia Ars Choralis poster David was invited to  the Ars Choralis 2014, the International Symposium on Chorusology in Croatia (24-26 April 2014). There he will conduct and accompany a local choir at the opening ceremony and give a Keynote Paper on the Choral Sound. (Download poster: side A, side B). David is very proud to have been made an Honorary Member of the Association of Croatian Choral Directors and to have been presented with a plaque for his Scientific Research in the field of Chorusology at this event.
David will give a Gresham Lecture as part of the 2014 City of London Festival on Monday 30th June 2014 at 18.00 on The science of choral singing (venue and further details to be confirmed).

David has written a new book on The Choral Sound for choral directors and choir singers to be published in 2014 by Willowleaf Publishing. It covers voice production, choral singing, warm-up exercises, and tuning and blend with examples to be used in rehearsals to develop skills. For advance notice of publication, email
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David appeared on French television 'Arte' in Les mystères de la voix humaine on Arte  on 22nd December 2013 at 22:25. In it he discusses the function and acoustics of the human singing voice and illustrates this with examples from his Vocal Tract Organ using an extract from his Vocal Vision II with York soloists David Howard and Ben Lindley.
David was been invited to speak at the European Choral Association meeting in Pecs, Hungary on 9th November 2014 on his work on choir research which is part of an EU  funded project titled VOICE (Vision On Innovation in Choral music in Europe). There he will outline the UK part of this project which is on healthy choral singing. (Download poster: side A, side B)

Recent events ...
2015 (26th Jan): 'Consonance' sang its first Evensong in St. Helen's Church, York.

2013 (13th Dec): David sang at Fairfax House, York in the AdHoc vocal quartet: Of a rose is all my song.

2013 (6th Dec): David's choir Consonance performed for Save the Children at Tong Hall, Bradford: Christmas Music.

2013 (5th Oct): David gave an Invited Lecture for the Combined British Voice Association (BVA) and Association of British Choir Directors (ABCD) Meeting: Voice Science for Choirs, Royal Academy of Music, London: The sound of the choir singer.

2013 (29th Sept): David gave an Invited Lecture with Ballatrix (World Female Beatboxing Champion) for the British Voice Association (BVA) Meeting: Interactive Rock and Pop Day, George IVth Pub, Chiswick, London: The science of beatboxing.

2013 (30th June): David was  invited to give a lecture at the British Voice Association Meeting: Lend me your ears, Baden Powell House, London on The influence of room acoustics on voice: Perception and adaption.

2013 (30th June): David was invited to give the Annual Gunnar Rugheimer Lecture for the British Voice Association Meeting at the personal invitation of the President: Lend me your ears,
Baden Powell House, London: The singing voice in performance – the shape of the vocal tract and its acoustics.

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