Butterfield, Benjamin

Associate Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-7917
Email: benjamin@uvic.ca
Department: Music

Research description:

-Music of Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, G.F. Handel, Ukrainian Art Song
-The inter-relationships of the various musical periods and styles in music
-Voice (through functional freedom)
Expertise Profile
"Music is at the core of who we are," says voice professor Benjamin Butterfield. "It frees the mind and soul to take on the challenges that life presents."

Prof. Butterfield has sung with all the major orchestras and opera companies in Canada as well as having performed all over the world. He sees music as a powerful way to grow as a person and connect with others, but finds that many people push aside their passion for music to find success in high paying careers. Later, they realize they're missing something important from their lives. This is one reason why he encourages people to learn to sing while they're still young.

When people practise their singing, they grow in self-confidence and function better as human beings, he says. "Getting a degree in singing isn't just about singing, it's a lifestyle, and that's why I do it and why I like to teach it."

He says students discover their abilities when they simply let their bodies function naturally, but to perform well, they need to focus and use the tools their instructors have given them: "To make art you need technique--to develop technique you need art. They live hand in hand."

Related Links
Benjamin Butterfield's Faces of UVic ResearCh Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwsfj1wIlOA

Health related research:

Continued research on vocal health.

Countries lived or worked in:

United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, Japan, New Zealand.

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