Overtone singing

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Overtone singing

Overtone singing is a fascinating vocal technique where it seems like one person is singing two notes at the same time. This happens by filtering and amplifying the harmonics that are contained in the sound of the human voice through specific and precise modulations of the tongue and the vocal tract.
In the western style of overtone singing it is worked without pressure on the larynx. This allows a flexible use of overtone singing technique while keeping up the ability to perform other singing styles.
Overtone singing can be used artistically as a musical instrument or it can function as an educational tool for singers, choral conductors and voice teachers. The capability of being able to hear and control the harmonics in the voice refines the singer‘s audio perception regarding timbre and vowel colour and improves blending and intonation in any vocal ensemble.
The participants will learn, how to amplify and filter the harmonics in their own voices through singing slow vowel transitions on a long note.

Teacher: Anna-Maria Hefele

Anna-Maria Hefele

Anna-Maria Hefele is an overtone singer and voice artist. In 2018 she graduated as Master of Arts in Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy with classical singing as her main subject from Mozarteum Salzburg. 2014 she published her YouTube video „polyphonic overtone singing“ that became viral and has resulted in more than 13 million views, followed by regular appearances of Anna-Maria in various international television shows and radio broadcasts. „A voice as from another world“, „the lady with the two voices“, „polyphonic vocalist does the impossible“ - these and other headlines have spread across the world.

Anna-Maria Hefele began with overtone singing in 2005 and has written compositions and arrangements for polyphonic solo voice from 2006. Since 2010 Anna-Maria is working as a soloist with different ensembles, choirs or orchestras and collaborates with contemporary composers. As a musician she is frequently integrated in contemporary ballett, circus and dance theatre productions.


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