ASA Best Student Paper in Musical Acoustics

Award Winners (1997-2020)

All students presenting musical acoustics research at ASA meetings are invited to participate in the Best Student Paper Award competition.   The specific requirements are published in the Call for Papers for each meeting as well as on the ASA meeting web site.  From 1997-2001 one award winner was selected at each meeting.  Beginning in 2002, two awards are given, with first and second prize winners selected.

Acoustics Virtually Everywhere (December 2020)
1. Song Wang – McGill University

“Two Methods for Acoustic Modeling of the Saxophone Mouthpiece.” (Paper 3aMU2) JASA 148, 2611 (2020);

2. Erik Rokni – Pennsylvania State University
“Noninvasive methods for quantifying sound post placement in a cello.” (Paper 3pMUb2). JASA 148, 2644 (2020);

San Diego (December 2019)
1. Sauhaarda Chowdhuri (high school student)
“PhonoNet: Multi-Stage Deep Learning for Raga Preservation in Hindustani Classical Music” (3pMU5) JASA 146, 2947 (2019);
2. (tie) Mark Rau – Stanford University
“A comparison of nonlinear modal synthesis using a time varying linear approximation and direct computation” (3aMU6) JASA 146, 2909 (2019);

2. (tie) Colin Malloy – University of Victoria, BC
“Study of Timbral Influence of Mallets on the Steelpan Through Spectral Analysis” (4aMU) JASA 146, 2998 (2019);

Louisville (May 2019):
Montserrat PàmiesVilà – University of Performing Arts Vienna
“Reproducing tonguing strategies in single-reed woodwinds using an artificial blowing machine,” Montserrat Pàmies-Vilà, Alex Hofmann, and Vasileios Chatziioannou, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 145, 1677(A), 2019.
2. Jade Case – Rollins College
“Nonlinear generation of sum frequencies in Sitka spruce,” Jade Case, Lauren Nelder, and Thomas Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 145, 1709(A), 2019.

Victoria (November 2018):
1. Iran SanadzadehElder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide
“Heuristic finite element models of the Japanese koto,” Iran Sanadzadeh, and Angela K. Coaldrake, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 144, 1753(A), 2018.
2. (tie) Timothy Greer – University of Southern California
“How beatboxers produce percussion sounds: A real-time magnetic resonance imaging,” Timothy Greer, Reed Blaylock, Nimisha Patil, and Srikanth S. Narayanan, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 144, 1827(A), 2018.
2. (tie) Jack D. Gabriel – Rollins College
“Studying the clarinet with an artificial mouth: Comparison of playing frequencies between model and measurement,” Jack D. Gabriel, and Whitney L. Coyle, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 144, 1891(A), 2018.

Minneapolis (May 2018)
1. Colin Drown – Truman State University
“The barbershop sound: The characteristic timbre of the male barbershop quartet,” Colin Drown and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 143, 1843(A), 2018.
2. (tie) Richard C. Lissemore– City University of New York
“Articulatory correlates of the acoustic transition during the second passaggio of sopranos,” Richard C. Lissemore, Christine H. Shadle, and D.H. Whalen, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 143, 1907(A), 2018.
2. (tie) Susan R. Bissemeyer– University of Southern California
“The time and place of cochlear implant pitch perception,” Susan R. Bissemeyer, Shaikat Hossein, and Raymond L. Goldsworthy, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 143, 1933(A), 2018.


New Orleans (December 2017):
1. Montserrat Pàmies-Vilà – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
“Investigating vocal tract effects during note transitions on the saxophone,” Montserrat Pàmies-Vilà, Gary Scavone, Alex Hofmann, and Vasileios Chatziioannou, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 142, 2445(A), 2017.
2. Lauren Neldner– Rollins College
“Acoustical nonlinearities in the structural components of the piano,” Lauren Neldner, Eric Rokni, Cierra Gibson, and Thomas Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 142, 2605(A), 2017.

Boston (June 2017):
1. Eric Rokni – Rollins College
“Acoustic characteristics of a guitar,” Eric Rokni, Camille Adkison, and Thomas Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141, 3800(A), 2017.
2. (tie) Kurijn Buys – Open University
“Development of a hybrid wind instrument – some key findings,” Kurijn Buys, David Sharp, and Robin Laney, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141, 3619(A), 2017.
2. (tie) Timothy Wofford – LAM, University Pierre et Marie Curie
“Measurements and perceptions of interactions between musicians and cellos,” Timothy Wofford, Claudia Fritz, and Benoit Fabre, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 141, 3800(A), 2017


Honolulu (November-December 2016):
1. Peter Rucz – Budapest University of Technology
Time domain sumulations of a novel lingual organ pipe construction,” Peter Rucz etal., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 140, 3036(A), 2016.
2. (tie) Thomas Kirk
– St. Olaf College
“Modes of vibration of a sheng reed
,” Thomas Kirk, James P. Cottingham, and Eric Sindelar,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 140, 3143(A), 2016.
2. (tie) Sho Iwagami – Kyushu Institute of Technology
“Numerical Study on acoustical intensity of edgetone with change of jet velocity,” Iwagami Sho et al.,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 140, 3254(A), 2016.

Salt Lake City (May 2016):
1. Michael H. Denison – Brigham Young University
Resonant mode characteristics of a cajon drum and its effect on sound directivity,” Michael H. Denison, K. J. Bodon and Kent L. Gee, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2203(A), 2016.
Mark Rau – McGill University
vestigating the effect of body geometry on the acoustics of electric guitars,” Mark Rau and Gary Scavone,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2203(A), 2016.


Jacksonville (November 2015):
1. Sarah R. Smith – University of Rochester
Impact of acoustic resonances on overtone correlations across a large musical instrumental database,” Sarah R. Smith and Mark Bocko, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138, 1936(A), 2015.
Tim Ziemer – University of Hamburg
“Complex point source model to calculate the sound field radiation from musical instruments,” Tim Ziemer and Rolf Bader,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138, 1936(A), 2015.

Pittsburgh (May 2015):
1. Corey A. Taylor – Penn State University
“Acoustic Characteristics of a Guitar,” Corey A. Taylor and Daniel A Russell, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2338(A), 2015.
Mingfeng Zhang – University of Rochester
“Measurement and analysis of musical vobrato parameters,” Mingfeng Zhang, Mark Bocko, and James W. Beauchamp,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2404(A), 2015.


Indianapolis (October 2014):
1. Nikki Etchenique – Rollins College
“Coupling between transverse and longitudinal waves in piano strings,” Nikki Etchenique, Samamtha Collin and Thomas R. Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2132(A), 2014.
Daniel M. Wolff – University of North Carolina Greensboro
“Detailed analysis of free reed initial transients,” Daniel M. Wolff, Spencer Hennessee, and James P. Cottingham,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2201(A), 2014.

Providence (May 2014):
1. Arshia Cont – IRCAM, Paris
“The cyber-physical system approach for automatic music accompaniment in Antescofo,” Arshia Cont, José Echeveste and Jean-Louis Giavitto, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 2377(A), 2014.
2. Whitney L. Coyle – Penn State University
“Clarinet playing frequency predictions: Comparison between analytic and numerical simulations,” Whitney L. Coyle, Jean Kergomard, and Philippe Guillemain,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.135, 2184(A), 2014.


San Francisco (December 2013):
1. John Granzow – CCRMA, Stanford University
“Digital fabrication of vocal tract models from magnetic resonance imaging during expert pitch bending on the harmonica,” John Granzow, Peter Egbert, David Barrett, and Thomas Rossing, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134: 3993(A), 2013.
2. Jennifer Biernat – Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
“Attack transients in free reed instruments,” Jennifer Biernat and James P. Cottingham,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 134: 3993(A), 2013.

Montreal (June 2013):
1. Hossein Mansour- McGill University
“Time domain simulation of the bowed cello string: Dual-polarization effect,” Hossein Mansour, Jim Woodhouse, and Gary P. Scavone, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 133: 3270(A), 2013.
2. Jiaxi Liu- University of Cambridge
“Properties of violin glides in the performance of cadential and noncadential sequences in solo works by Bach,” Jiaxi Liu,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 133: 3234(A), 2013.


Kansas City (October 2012):
1. Rohan KrishnamurthyEastman School of Music
“Cross-cultural concepts and approaches in musical rhythm,” Rohan Krishnamurthy , J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132: 2043(A), 2012.
2. Mert Bay – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Multiple-timbre fundamental frequency tracking using an instrument spectrum library,” Mert Bay, and James W. Beauchamp,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 132: 1886(A), 2012.

Hong Kong (May 2012):
1. Brian B. Monson – National Center for Voice and Speech
“Analysis of high-frequency energy in singing and speech,” Brian Monson, Brad Story, and Andrew Lotto, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131: 3378(A), 2012.
2. Brandon August – Rollins College
“Dynamics of the Himalyan singing bowl,” Brandon August, Aditya Mahara, and Thomas Moore,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 131: 3330(A), 2012.


San Diego (November 2011):
1. Miles Faaborg – CoeCollege
“Wall vibrations in air-driven free reed bamboo pipes,” Miles Faaborg and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 130: 2343(A), 2011.
2. Nicholas Eyring II – Brigham Young University
“Methods for automating multichannel directivity measurements of musical instruments in an anechoic chamber,” Nicholas J. Eyring II, Timothy W. Leishman, Kristina M. Sorensen and Nathan G. W. Eyring,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 130: 2399(A), 2011.

Seattle (May 2011):
1. Juliette Chabassier  – ENSTA ParisTEch
“Modeling and numerical simulation of a piano,” Juliette Chabassier and Antoine Chaigne, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 129: 2542(A), 2011.
2. Kevin Dooley – University of California, San Diego
“Absolute pitch is correlated with high performance on relative pitch tasks,” Kevin Dooley and Diana Deutsch,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 129: 2582(A), 2011.


Cancun (November 2010):
1. Chao-Yu J. Perng  – Stanford University
“Sound synthesis of the harpsichord pluck using a physical plectrum-string interaction model,” Chao-Yu J. Perng, Julius O. Smith, and Thomas D. Rossing, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128: 2309(A), 2010.
2. Charalampos Saitis  – McGill University
“Evaluating violin quality: How consistent are skilled players?,” Charalampos Saitis, Gary Scavone, Claudia Fritz, and Bruno L. Giordano,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128: 2284(A), 2010.

Baltimore (April 2010):
1. Gang Ren – University of Rochester
“The shape of musical sound: Real-time visualization of expressiveness in musical performance,” Gang Ren, Justin Lundberg, Mark F. Bocko, and Dave Headlam, J. Acoust. Soc. Am.127: 1983(A), 2010.
2. Chao-Yu J. Perng  – CCRMA, Stanford University
“Toward the modeling of harpsichord plucking,” Chao-Tu J. Perng, Thomas D. Rossing, Marshall J. Brown, and Juliette W. Ioup,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127: 1733(A), 2010.


San Antonio (October 2009):
1. Daniel Zietlow – Rollins College
“The auger shell whistle,” Daniel Zietlow and Thomas Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126: 2199(A), 2009.
2. Whitney L. Coyle – Murray State University
“Influence of accordion reed chamber geometry on reed vibration and airflow,” Whitney L. Coyle, Sarah L. Behrens, and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126: 2216(A), 2009.

Portland (May 2009):
1. Nicholas Goodweiler – University of Iowa
“Acoustics of single reed duck calls,” Nicholas P. Goodweiler and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 125: 2559(A), 2009.
2. David Krueger – Brigham Young University
“Acoustic and vibrometry analysis of beating in a large Balinese gamelan gong,” David W. Krueger, Kent L. Gee, Jeremy Grimshaw, Dorothy Manuel, and Molly E. Jones, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 125: 2516(A), 2009.


Miami (November 2008):
1. Summer Rankin – Florida Atlantic University
“Tempo fluctuation and predictive synchrony in music,” Summer Rankin, Edward Large, and Philip Fink, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 124: 2432(A), 2008.
2. Hiroko Terasawa – CCRMA, Stanford University
“A hybrid model of timbre perception,” Hiroko Terasawa and Jonathan Berger, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 124: 2449(A), 2008.

Paris (July 2008):
1. Jer-Ming Chen – University of New South Wales
“How to play the first bar of Rhapsody in Blue,” Jer-Ming Chen, John Smith, and Joe Wolfe, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 123: 3123(A), 2008.
2. Edgar Berdahl – CCRMA, Stanford University
“Applications of passivity theory to the active control of acoustic musical instruments,” Edgar Berdahl, Guenter Niemeyer, and Julius O. Smith, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 123: 3522(A), 2008.


New Orleans (November 2007):
1. Rohan Krishnamurthy – Kalamazoo College
“Acoustics of the mridangam: Study of a new design of a South Indian drum,” Rohan Krishnamurthy, Ian K. Hempe, and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122: 3055(A), 2007.
2. Edward L. Toussaint – Lawrence University
“Reed vibration, pressure, and airflow in Western free-reed instruments,” Edward L. Toussaint and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122: 3056(A), 2007.

Salt Lake City (June 2007):
1. Brian R. Monson – University of Arizona
“The 1-6 ratio in vocal pedagogy,” Brian R. Monson, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121: 3087(A), 2007.
2. John Anderson Mills, III – University of Texas
“Application of cochlear analysis techniques to finding percussive events in electro-acoustic music,” John Anderson Mills III, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121: 3061(A), 2007.


Honolulu (November-December, 2006):
1. Andrey Ricardo da Silva – McGill University
“A hybrid approach for simulating clarinetlike systems involving the lattice Boltzmann method and a finite difference scheme,” Andrey Ricardo da Silva and Gary Scavone, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 120: 3362(A), 2006.
2. Eric Dieckman – Truman State University
“Input impedance of Asian free-reed mouth organs,” Eric A. Dieckman and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 120: 3076(A), 2006.

Providence (June, 2006):
1. Andrey Ricardo da Silva – McGill University
“Benchmarking the lattice Boltzmann method for the determination of acoustic impedance of axisymmetric waveguides,” Andrey Ricardo da Silva, Philippe Depalle, and Gary Scavone, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119: 3383(A), 2006.
2. Jacob Skubal – Rollins College
“Tuning parameters of a Nigerian slit gong,” Jacob Skubal, Nathan Hall, and Thomas Moore, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119: 3324(A), 2006.


Minneapolis (October, 2005):
1. Harald Jers, KTH Stockholm – University of Cologne
“Multitrack analysis of amateur and professional choirs?” and “Directivity of singers,” Harald Jers, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 118: 2007(A) and 2008(A), 2005.
2. Jyri Pakarinen, Helsinki University of Technology
“Modeling of tension-modulated strings using finite difference and digital waveguide techniques,” Jyri Pakarinen, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 118: 1974(A), 2005.

Vancouver (May, 2005):
1. Patricio de la Cuarda, CCRMA, Stanford University
“A physical model and experimental testbed for real-time simulation of flute-like instruments,” Patricio de la Cuadra, Benoît Fabre, Jonathan S. Abel, and Julius O. Smith III, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117: 2414(A), 2005.
2. Niels Werner Larsen, Oersted DTU, Technical University of Denmark
“A variable passive low-frequency absorber,” Niels Werner Larsen, Eric R. Thompson, and Anders Christian Gade, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117: 2392(A), 2005.


San Diego (November, 2004):
1. Rolf Bader, Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Hamburg, Germany
“Multiphonic model of split pressure-phase modes using the finite-element method,” Rolf Bader, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116: 2593(A), 2004.
2. Yumiko Sakamoto, Kyushu University
“On the acoustical design of the ears of flue organ pipes,” Yumiko Sakamoto, Shigeru Yoshikawa, and Judit M. Angster, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116: 2512(A), 2004.

New York (May, 2004):
1. Stephanie Weisser, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
“The acoustics of the Bagana,” Stephanie Weisser and Didier Demolin, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115: 2566(A), 2004.
2. John Anderson Mills III, University of Texas
“The application of cochlear audio analysis techniques to electro-acoustic music,” John Anderson Mills III, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115: 2450(A), 2004.


Austin (November, 2003):
1. Todd W. Bigelow, Utah State University
“Software tools for developing an acoustics multimedia CD-ROM,” Todd W. Bigelow and Paul A. Wheeler, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 114: 2309(A), 2003.
2. Ammon Paquette, Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois)
“Modes of vibration of air-driven free reeds in transient and steady state oscillation,” Ammon Paquette, Justin Vines, and James P. Cottingham, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 114: 2348(A), 2003.

Nashville (April-May, 2003):
1. Andrew Morrison, Northern Illinois University
“Modal Analysis and sound radiation from Caribbean steelpans,” Andrew Morrison, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 113: 2315(A), 2003.
2. Jared Grogan, Central Washington University
“An experimental study of changes in the impulse response of a wood plate that is subject to vibrational stimulus,” Jared Grogan, Michael Braunstein, and Andrew Piacsek, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 113: 2315(A), 2003.


Cancun (December, 2002):
1. Gregoire Derveaux, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées -Unite de Mecanique (ENSTA-UME)
“Time-domain simulation of a guitar,” Gregoire Derveaux, Antoine Chaigne, Patrick Joly, and Eliane Becache, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112: 2409(A), 2002.
2. Tamara Smyth, CCRMA, Stanford University
“The syrinx: Nature’s hybrid wind instrument,” Tamara Smyth and Julius O. Smith III, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112: 2240(A), 2002.

Pittsburgh (June, 2002):
1. Eric Cox, Northern Illinois University
“Regimes of oscillation and reed vibrations in lingual organ pipes,” Eric Cox and Thomas D. Rossing, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 111: 2395(A), 2002.
2. Michael Busha, Grinnell College
“Laboratory measurements on free reeds from the reed organ, accordion and khaen,” Michael Busha, James P. Cottingham, and Philip D. Koopman, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 111: 2376(A), 2002.


Ft. Lauderdale (December, 2001):
Pantelis Vassilakis, UCLA
“Auditory roughness estimation of complex spectra-roughness degrees and dissonance ratings of harmonic intervals revisited,” Pantelis Vassilakis, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 110: 2755(A), 2001.

Chicago (June, 2001):
Daniel O. Ludwigsen, Brigham Young University.
“Normal modes of a finite element lip reed model,” Daniel O. Ludwigsen and William J. Strong, ,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 109: 2483(A), 2001.


Newport Beach (December, 2000):
Jeffrey Moffitt, The College of Wooster.
“Self-sustained oscillation as a function of blowing pressure,” Jeffrey Moffitt and Daniel Ludwigsen,  J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 108: 2591(A), 2000.

Atlanta (June, 2000):
Joon-Hee Beth Hwang, of the University of Sydney, Australia.
“Lip and throat configuration in flute playing,” Joon-Hee Beth Hwang, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 107: 2895(A), 2000.


Columbus (November, 1999):
Teresa Marrin Nakra, MIT Media Lab
“Incorporating gestures into the musical control stream with the conductor’s jacket”,  Teresa Marrin Nakra, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 106: 2161(A), 1999.


Norfolk (October, 1998):
Keith D. Martin, MIT
“Musical instrument identification: A pattern-recognition approach”, Keith D. Martin and Youngmoo E. Kim, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 104: 1768(A), 1998.

Seattle ICA/ASA (June 1998):
Leïla Rhaouti, Inria-Rocquencourt
“Time-domain modeling and numerical simulation of timpani”,  Leïla Rhaouti, Patrick Joly and Antoine Chaigne, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 103:3043(A), 1998.


San Diego (December, 1997):
John M. Hajda, UCLA
“Relevant acoustical cues in the identification of Western orchestral instrument tones”,  John M. Hajda, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 102:3085(A), 1997.

State College (June 1997):
Lucile Rossi, University of Corsica
“Use of note partials’ energy to improve the identification of polyphonic piano signals”,  Lucile Rossi and Gerald Girolami, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 101, 3167(A), 1997.