August 20, 2015 at 3:45pm

Vocology Recognition

Ricardo SepulvedaRicardo Sepúlveda (baritone), Millikin University adjunct instructor of voice, opera and pedagogy, was recently awarded a Certificate in Vocology in July 2015 from the National Center for Voice and Speech Summer Vocology Institute (SVI), and the University of Utah.

"Due to the nature of the voice, and how its main functional structures are 'part' of our individual anatomy, the need for more objective tools for voice training, those that are subject specific, are needed," said Sepúlveda. "This is one of the goals of programs like SVI. Vocologists' mission, as I've come to see it, is to inform, habilitate and promote the optimal voice use of an individual. It was a humbling experience to learn from such a passionate group of people."

As a vocologist, Sepúlveda was trained in the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles of voice production, voice habilitation, instrumentation for voice analysis and voice for the performer. Sepúlveda had the opportunity to work closely with a group of professionals led by some of the country's leading voice and speech scientists and clinicians, including Dr. Ingo Titze, Dr. Lynn Maxfield, and Dr. Katherine Verdolini-Abbott.

In addition, Sepúlveda recently appeared as Marcello in Muddy River Opera Company's production of Puccini's "La Bohème," under the direction of Scott Schoonover in June 2015.

"I've performed three roles in a few productions of 'La Bohème,' and have also sung in the chorus," said Sepúlveda. "It was the first foreign language opera to which I was exposed, and still up to this day, the music, and the story touch me deeply."

Sepúlveda has performed with the Puerto Rico Opera Theatre, New Jersey Opera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and other companies in the United States and in his native Puerto Rico.

His credits include Polyphemus in Händel's "Acis and Galatea," Papageno in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte," Dulcamara in Donizettii's "L’elisir d’amore," Émile de Becque in "South Pacific," and roles in plays by García Lorca and Myrna Casas.

Sepúlveda holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he is a candidate for a Doctorate in Musical Arts with a cognate area in the science of the singing voice.

Additionally, Sepúlveda is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, and the Pan-American Vocology Association.