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Lynn Maxfield, Ph.D.

Lynn Maxfield, Ph.D., is the associate director of science and research for the Utah Center for Vocology where, in addition to research activities, he coordinates and teaches at the UCV's trademark Summer Vocology Institute. He is also assistant professor (lecturer) in the University of Utah School of Music, where he teaches courses in voice pedagogy and vocology. In addition, he serves as a vocal coach for the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, where he provides patients habilitative voice coaching in coordination with the medical team, both during and following medical treatment. 

Dr. Maxfield has served as first author for peer-reviewed publications in the Journal of Voice, Journal of Singing, and Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, and has additional peer-reviewed co-authorships in Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, PLOS Computational Biology, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the Voice and Speech Review, among others. He was co-author of “An Oral Pressure Conversion Ratio as a Predictor of Vocal Efficiency,” which was awarded Best Paper in Basic Science by the Journal of Voice in 2016. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, overseeing the “Mindful Voice” column, and as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for Folia Phoniatrica, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the Journal of Voice

Dr. Maxfield has given podium presentations for the Acoustical Society of America, Fall Voice Conference, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference, Ohio State University Voice Forum, Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) Symposium, Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference, and the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium. Additionally, he has given invited presentations for the Northwest Voice Conference, Speech Level Singing Vocology Workshop, Utah Educators Association Convention, Utah Health Performance Voice Conference, Utah Theatre Association, and the Women’s Health: Sex and Gender Research Conference at the University of Utah. 

He is a founding member of the Pan American Vocology Association, having served on its first Board of Directors, and is an active member of NATS.

As a performer, Dr. Maxfield’s operatic roles include both Tamino and 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 has served as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli. He has also performed in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Opera, and for the Cathedral Choir of Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine. 

Dr. Maxfield holds a Ph.D. in voice pedagogy and an Master of Arts in Voice Performance, both from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Music Theory/Composition from the College of Idaho and a licensure for secondary music education from Idaho State University. Prior to joining UCV and the University of Utah, he taught voice and voice science/pedagogy at Eastern Connecticut State University, Knox College, Monmouth College, and Carl Sandburg College. 

He enjoys visiting family back in the peaceful, wide-open spaces of his native Idaho and running around the foothills of Utah with his wife, Ellen, and their twins.

Last Updated: 11/19/21