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"Survey Underway on Pitch Drift" by Richard Seaton

Location: England, United Kingdom
Pitch drift in a cappella choral singing – a Ph.D. research project at the UK Open University – needs your help!
No doubt you have experienced times when your choir struggles to maintain the pitch when singing unaccompanied. In many circumstances the change passes unnoticed by the audience, if not by you, but the fact that it happens is always of concern. This research project focuses on possible causes of pitch drift other than those due to the music itself. This aspect is being studied by a team from the University of York in the UK with whom we are collaborating.
In order to establish some of the most likely reasons why pitch drift occurs the project really needs to survey your opinions. To do this could you please complete a short questionnaire? The outcomes of the survey, which will be completely anonymous, will inform a set of experiments. These will be undertaken with selected choirs over an extended period in their usual rehearsal venues.
Please feel free to access the survey. It will only take a few minutes and may be completed anonymously if you wish. However, if you want to be kept informed about the project and its progress you are very welcome to register your interest. If you would like further information about the project please email the research team at
The researchers will take the opportunity to feed back their findings at appropriate points in the progress of the project.
Richard Seaton, Ph.D. student at The Open University.
Dr. Dennis Pim, lead supervisor at The Open University.
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