C of I to host guest music lecture and demonstration

The College of Idaho is set to welcome alumnus Lynn Maxfield back to campus for a special guest lecture and demonstration on the human voice.  Maxfield, associate director for the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, will speak about the acoustics of singing classical and musical theatre styles during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, inside Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The event is free and open to the public.

Maxfield’s presentation will explore the incredibly versatile instrumental qualities of the human voice. He will explore how two small folds of tissue, coupled with a resonant airway, can produce sounds capable of both lulling an infant to sleep and being heard over a 60-piece orchestra. Maxfield, with the help of C of I voice students, also will demonstrate the properties that give various performance genres their distinctive sounds.

Maxfield, a 2005 C of I graduate, holds a master’s in voice performance and a Ph.D. in voice pedagogy from the University of Iowa. In his current position at NCVS, he contributes to a multi-site research consortium committed to research and education about voice and speech. Prior to joining the NCVS, Maxfield taught at Eastern Connecticut State University, Knox College, Monmouth College and Carl Sandburg College in western Illinois. Maxfield is the primary instructor for the vocal studio at NCVS and also maintains an active performance presence. His opera credits include Monastotos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sam Polk in Floyd’s Susannah, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Guglielmo in Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma. He also sings with the Utah Opera chorus.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit