Voice Power Versus Crystal Glass

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Members of the High Desert Opera have a crack at this one first. Tara Gatseos, a teacher at Mesa State and personal voice coach, Leah Lyon, the executive director for High Desert Opera and Tarasina Compagni, president of the board at High Desert Opera tried early Thursday morning to sing the crystal wine glass to pieces.

After doing a little research the ladies concluded to effectively break the glass they had to sing at the exact resonence of the glass. To find our what that was they flicked the glass to listen to the sound.

A straw placed in the glass would help indicate when the vocal pitch reached the glasses resonance by how it vibrated.

Unfortunately no-one was able to break the Glass. Laurie Leste, also with High Desert Opera and owner of Willow Pond Bed and Breakfast even gave it a try with the help of an amplifier. To no avail.

Grand Junctions' own Sweet Adeline's also tested the power of thier vocal cords. Also to no avail.

While nobody could break crystal wine glass that doesn't mean it can't be done. Discovery Channel's own Mythbusters tested the theory and found a singer who could reach the right note.

High Desert Oper will be performing soon, here is where you can catch them.

Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" a first on the Western Slope, July 18th @ The Robinson Theatre - Mesa State

2:00 Matinee & 7:30 Evening

July 19th @ The Montrose Pavilion

2:00 Matinee

Ticket information @ highdesertopera.org
or call (970) 523-9605


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