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Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Abra K. Bush, DMA, oversees all elements of the curriculum and personnel for the academic and applied study areas of the Peabody Institute, including faculty affairs, Academic Affairs, Ensemble Operations, and the Arthur Friedheim Music Library. Read Abra Bush's full bio>>
Luke Housner has maintained a balanced schedule with a combination of opera assembling, music direction, vocal coaching, and extensive concertizing.
For twenty years as accompanist of the Philadelphia Singers, Housner performed on various subscription series concerts as pianist, organist and harpsichordist, served as rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for soloists and has played under the batons of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, and Kurt Masur.
Native of Western Massachusetts, Housner earned a Master’s Degree of Music in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with instruction from internationally acclaimed vocal coach John Wustman. Previously, he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Music, with a double major in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Ian Howell's scholarly work explores the special psychoacoustics of the singing voice, with an eye toward practical applications for singers and voice teachers. Human senses interpret reality according to a dependable set of rules. These same senses also perceive greater detail once we internalize more precise labels and conceptual models. Dr. Howell’s work produces new aural/visual models that better characterize the perceptual qualities of sung vowels and voice registration. He unpacks and identifies the perceptually coherent components of a vowel, showing how absolute, objective labels apply to the relative scale of tonal brightness.