Choral Blend: Sound or Sensation? A Phenomenological Investigation in to Conservatoire Vocal Students' Experience of Ensemble Singing

James Slimings is currently in his third year FTE of studying towards a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Andrews University.  He is looking at how trained singers sing in a choral situation, with a particular interest in spectrographic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, and 'choral blend'.  He has presented his research at the SEMPRE Music, Education, Technology conference in London; the International Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing in Lund, Sweden; the Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Showcase, Glasgow; and the Conservatoires UK Research Student Conference.  He is the elected student representative for the Research Degrees Committee at the RCS, and has been asked to present his research for Scottish Funding Council Staff as part of their staff development day.  He is a copy editor for the Scottish Journal of Performance, and has peer reviewed for academic journals.  He has also delivered Exchange talks for the RCS, and chaired many sessions for them.

With an interest in quality assurance, James is a reviewer for QAA Scotland and MUSIQUE. His teaching at the RCS is diverse and ranges from delivering Vocal Skills lectures to BEd students, to Portfolio Musician seminars for Undergraduate Vocal Studies students, through to supervising and marking academic writing to Masters' level. He has also facilitated workshop performances in the RCS' innovative Introduction to Collaborative Practice module. 

To see more on James' research, visit his research profile on the RCS WEBSITE


Slimings, J. (2019). You Get What You're Given: The agency of choral blend according to trained singers, presented at the Oxford International Conducting Studies Conference, Oxford Conducting Institute, Sydney University, Sydney


Slimings, J., Whiteside, B. (2018). Developing Advanced Practitioners: A Focus on Doctoral Study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, presented at the Becoming Musicians - student involvement and teacher collaboration in higher music education, Association of European Conservatoires, Oslo, Norway

© 2018 by James Slimings. 

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