David M Howard, BSc (Eng), PhD, CEng, FIET, FIOA, MAES

Member of the Education and Skills Sector Panel

David Howard

David Howard holds a Personal Chair in Music Technology in the Department of Electronics at the University of York where he is currently Head of Department. David’s main research interests are the analysis and synthesis of singing, speech and music and the use of computers for voice teaching. He has taught for many years on York’s Music Technology degree programs; a subject that was started at York and provides a highly creative route into electronics as a strong motivating thread for many students. A key goal in his research is to understand what naturalness equates to in the context of listening to electronically generated sounds. As a Research Council Senior Media Fellow (2005-2008), he presented two TV programs for the BBC: Voice and Castrato, and he has acted as a forensic acoustic expert on a number of occasions including the Who wants to be a millionaire trial.

David has a number of musical performance interests including choral conducting, choral singing and organ playing. He plays organ at a local church and conducts the Vale of York Voices (a choir organised by email that sings evensong in York Minster usually once a month).