Randolph College’s 10th annual Science Festival is now underway, following a musical keynote performance and open class and an engaging panel discussion led by alumnae in science careers. The Science Festival continues this weekend with a wide variety of free, family friendly events and activities.
For the keynote on Thursday evening, Nicholas Perna spoke—and sang—about the science behind different types of voices and the pitches they can produce.
Perna is an assistant professor of music at Mississippi College, where he teaches vocal pedagogy and voice repertoire classes as well as music research and writing. He has garnered international attention for his research on the acoustics of the singing voice, nasality of the singing voice, and laryngeal manipulation in vocal warm-up routine.
In addition to his keynote, Perna led an open class Friday morning in Nichols Theatre, where he demonstrated his techniques to Randolph students and other Science Festival participants.
He will perform once again this Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall with his wife, Mandy Spivak, in a Guest Artist Recital. Perna, who is a tenor, and Spivak, a soprano, will present an evening of German art song and Italian operatic repertoire.
On Friday afternoon, the Science Festival audience and Randolph students tuned in to a panel discussion by three of the College’s alumnae who enjoy successful careers in the sciences. Nurse practitioner Melanie Fastabend ’89, physical therapist Karen Godley ’97, and Randolph’s biology lab technician Catherine Khoo ’11 each spoke and answered questions about their work and offered advice to others who aspire to enter the field.
More events and activities scheduled this weekend include:
ABOUT THE RANDOLPH COLLEGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The Science Festival is a series of free events during March that allow the community to discover and celebrate the beauty of science and its connection to many aspects of life. The program, which has something for all ages, has grown significantly since it began in 2009, and continues to add new attractions each year.
The Randolph College Science Festival evolved from the popular Science Day, a free program offered to children in grades 3-6, which began in 2005. The popularity of the one-day Science Day, which routinely fills its registration early, led to the creation of an even bigger festival that would allow Randolph to share the beauty, fun, and relevance of science to all ages. The event has now grown to encompass multiple days. Led by the Randolph College Society of Physics Students, the Science Festival features one of the largest groups of student, faculty, and staff volunteers on campus.
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