(Re-run: This program originally aired on June 21, 2013)
Ever since Cher scored a hit with “Believe” in 1998, Auto-Tune, a digital tool which helps singers adjust their vocal pitch, has become a ubiquitous presence in the pop music world. Join Andy Hildebrand, the inventor of Auto-Tune, for a discussion about the tool’s legacy and future.
March 7th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on June 21, 2013)
February 28th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on June 14, 2013)
Opera blogger Charlise Tiee (Opera Tattler) and musical theatre blogger Chad Jones (Theater Dogs) discuss the often porous line that exists between the worlds of musical theatre and opera.
February 21st, 2014
(Re-run: program initially aired on November 23, 2012)
Bob Dylan’s voice has been compared to sandpaper and described as "a catarrhal death rattle." Blues music aficionado Devon Strolovitch discusses the colors of Dylan's vocal instrument.
February 14th, 2014
Virtuoso whistler and music journalist Jason Victor Serinus chats about the art of whistling and making a career out of this oft derided vocal art form.
February 7th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on March 29, 2013)
Singer and early vocal recordings champion Meredith Axelrod chats about the vocalists who pioneered recorded sound technologies in the early twentieth century and the revival of interest in singing and recording techniques from this period today.
January 31st, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on March 8, 2013)
Erin Bregmann of the Little Opera Company, a San Francisco-based organization that creates operas from scratch with grade school students, Ruth Nott, director of education for the San Francisco Opera, and Graham Welch, a professor of music education at The University of London and a major force behind the UK’s Sing Up! Initiative to inculcate singing in schools, talk about why vocal music education matters and off-the-beaten track ways to get kids participating.
January 24th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on March 1, 2013)
Vocalists Riffat Sultana and Sukhawat Ali Khan, siblings who come from a lauded lineage of Pakistani singers, (their father is the Pakistani musical icon Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) discuss their rich vocal music journey from Hindustani classical music to banghra.
January 17th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on February 15, 2013)
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin discusses what it takes to lead a successful career as a singer when you're blind and how other sight-impaired vocalists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli have made world-class names for themselves in a world that's so deeply vision-oriented.
January 10th, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on February 1, 2013)
Aaron Humble and Adam Reinwald, who sing with Cantus, one of only two full-time professional men’s choruses in the country, share their thoughts about the culture of the male singing voice in the United States and elsewhere and how they promote singing to young people, especially boys.
January 3rd, 2014
(Re-run: This program originally aired on January 4, 2013)
Voice Speech pathologist and American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) member Sarah Schneider, 'scream' coaching expert Melissa Cross and thrash metal singer Steve Souza (Hatriot, Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus, Legacy/Testament) chat about the physical risks of screaming and how artists who have to raise their voices on a regular basis can do so safely.
December 27th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on November 25, 2011)
There’s more to the relationship between surfing and singing than Beach Boys songs in praise of surf culture. Join chorus director and surfing enthusiast Bob Geary and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman to find out more.
December 20th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on December 23, 2011)
The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the local movie theatre for a Singalong Sound of Music or Singalong West Side Story. Join performer and impresario Laurie Bushman, the host of the famous singalong soirees at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman, for a look at the culture of the singalong and what makes these events so much fun.
December 13th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on December 16, 2011)
The roots of much western music today lie in the haunting sacred vocal music of Medieval Europe. Join Susan Hellauer, a member of the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman, for a journey into the history and technique of chant.
December 6th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on August 12, 2011)
Believe it or not, ventriloquists used to be a popular fixture on the radio airwaves. Chloe Veltman welcomes playwright and theatrical impresario Sean Owens, ventriloquist Ron Coulter and Ron’s puppet partner of 60 years, Sid Star, for a discussion about the art, technique and culture of throwing your voice.
November 29th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on August 5, 2011)
Vienna isn’t the only place where boys sing like angels. The Bay Area and other parts of this country boast some formidable choruses made up of talented young male singers. Kevin Fox, the founding artistic director of the Pacific Boychoir Academy based in Oakland joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a chat about the defining characteristics of boys’ voices and the ins and outs of training them en masse.
November 22nd, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 15, 2011)
The process of bringing a star recitalist to town for a concert is as thrilling as it is complex. Ruth Felt, the founder and president of the presenting organization San Francisco Performances joins VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for an exploration of what it takes to keep audiences – and divas – happy.
November 15th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 8, 2011)
Music history and culture is full of famous singing families, from the von Trapps to The Jackson Five. Join singing siblings Jennifer and Laurie Hall of the band Ruby Howl and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about the power of sharing the mike with the people you grew up with.
November 8th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on June 24, 2011)
High school choruses are the place where many kids get their musical education. And with TV shows like “Glee” whipping up enthusiasm for group singing among teens, high school choir is finally becoming hip. VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman chats with Steven Hankle, chorus teacher at San Francisco’s Mission High School; and Todd Wedge, chorus teacher at San Francisco's School Of The Arts; about the ins and outs of their jobs.
November 1st, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on July 1, 2011)
In Hawaiian Hula, singing and dancing going hand in hand. Join Patrick Makuakane, director of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, a hula a hula school and performance company based in San Francisco, and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman, for a journey into this ancient artistic tradition.
October 25th, 2013
(Re-run: This program originally aired on May 27, 2011)
Shakespeare praised women with low voices for good reason. Join the deep-souled songstress Melanie DeMore and VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a celebration of some of the world’s most wonderful women vocalists who make the space below the alto line firmly their own.