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Welcome to the 2017 Northwest Voice Conference: The Art & Science of the Performing Voice! The conference is in Alder Auditorium at 1310 40th St NE, west of the UW Campus.
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Friday, April 21
 

8:00am

Registration
First-day registration will run from 8:00-8:30. No coffee will be offered during registration, so grab a coffee at one of the many local coffee shops before you come in. Coffee breaks will be provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Friday April 21, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

8:30am

Overview and Opening Discussion
This is an overview of the conference with a discussion of learning objectives.

Conference Team
avatar for Albert Merati, MD

Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, University of Washington
Dr. Merati is a UW Professor and chief of the laryngology service in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an expert on throat and voice disorders and related upper airway conditions. | | Clinical Interests include: Care of the professional voice; swallowing dysfunction; airway diseases; vocal fold paralysis; airway stenosis. | | Research Interests: Vocal fold paralysis; reflux affecting the larynx; and airway stenosis. | | Expertise: Ear, Nose... Read More →
avatar for Marty Nevdahl, MS

Marty Nevdahl, MS

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
Marty Nevdahl is a Senior Lecturer in Voice in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department at the University of Washington. He coordinates the Voice Unit in the SPHSC Speech and Hearing Clinic. He is a founding member and Member at Large/Treasurer of the Northwest Chapter of The V... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

8:45am

Laryngeal Videostroboscopy: What Are We Looking At?
This presentation will provide an overview of laryngeal videostroboscopy: how it's done, how the images are interpreted and how it helps us assess vocal production. The goal of this presentation is to make sure all attendees have an understanding of this common technique for vocal fold examination and are able to understand the stroboscopy images that are presented throughout the conference.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to explain how larygeal stroboscopy allows us to see vocal fold vibration
  • Participants will be able to identify the basic laryngeal structures of interest during videostroboscopy
  • Participants will be able to identify gross abnormalities noted during laryngeal videostroboscopy  

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Schindler, MD

Joshua Schindler, MD

Otolaryngologist, OHSU
Dr. Schindler's current clinical interests include voice disorders in both professional and non-professional voice users, swallowing disorders, breathing and upper airway disorders, and cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract. His research interests include molecular diagnosis an... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:45am - 9:15am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

9:15am

Do I have to Sound so Old? Evaluation & Management of the Aging Performer

Presbyphonia, or age-related voice change, is a diagnosis of exclusion, and other comorbidities must be considered in a complete evaluation of elderly patients with dysphonia. The aging voice can have a significant effect on the quality of life of the patient. In addition to the molecular effects of aging on the laryngeal tissues, the etiology of presbyphonia is often multifactorial because of comorbidities in the other organ systems involved in phonation. After a comprehensive evaluation, presbyphonia may be treated conservatively with voice therapy or with a range of interventions. Research into tissue engineering and electrical reanimation offers future options for treatment of presbyphonia. Currently, a multidisciplinary approach offers the most complete improvement in the vocal quality of life in this patient population.

Learning Objectives - Upon completion of this discussion, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the pathophysiology underlying age-related dysphonia. 
  2. Discuss advanced diagnostic techniques for presbyphonia. 
  3. Apply current treatment strategies for patients with presbyphonia

Speakers
avatar for Michael Johns III, MD

Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

10:15am

Break
Friday April 21, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

10:45am

Submitted Paper: Hearing Vocal Nodules and Polyps
Lesions and swellings located on the central vocal cord’s vibratory margin are almost always located in the midportion, presumably the location where vocal cords encounter the greatest impact. It is relatively easy to detect this type of injury by listening to the voice at various pitches and volumes. Patients can even learn to monitor the size of the swelling by regularly performing these vocal tests on their own. Outcome objectives - Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to. … understand how to vary pitch and volume during an audible examination of the voice in order to detect vocal swellings. … understand how to monitor the size of a vocal swelling by listening to a voice Vocal capabilities testing is a clinical method of listening to the voice while varying pitch and volume and noting where vocal impairments occur. Each type of vocal cord vibratory impairment will have a different pattern which is detectable merely by listening, even before putting an endoscope into a patient. The pattern of vibratory impairment for nodules and polyps is one of the easiest to detect.

Speakers
avatar for James Thomas, MD

James Thomas, MD

Physician, James P Thomas MD
James P. Thomas, M.D. has practiced laryngology since 1998, after studying with numerous experts in the field from Europe to China, among them Robert Bastian, Guy Cornut, Marc Bouchayer, Steven Zeitels and Murray Morrison. He is well known around the world for his website voicedo... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 10:45am - 11:00am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:00am

Submitted Paper - Smartphone-based Endoscopy: A Low Cost Alternative to Laryngostroboscopy
Laryngostroboscopy has been demonstrated to improve the diagnostic accuracy of laryngeal diseases by 10 to 47 percent when compared to standard laryngoscopic exams alone. However, despite its proven efficacy, the stroboscopic exam is still noticeably absent from many physician’s diagnostic algorithms. In part, the use of stroboscopy has been limited by the large upfront cost associated with the accessory tower which provides the alternating light source and compatible video recording. Access is further limited by the large size and poor portability of most stroboscopy accessory towers making use in many inpatient settings impractical. Thus, there is a significant technological gap which prevents low cost, highly portable, high fidelity stroboscopy. We have designed a low-cost, highly portable stroboscopy system built on a smartphone platform which obviates the need for all other accessory equipment. In this exploratory study, we aim to test the hypothesis that images from a low cost smartphone-based stroboscopy system are equivalent to those from traditional stroboscopy accessory towers. We have designed an exploratory, randomized, blinded trial where Senior Laryngologists judge images obtained from a cohort of patients that have had exams with both smartphone and standard stroboscopy systems. Equivalence between smartphone and traditional accessory towers suggests a viable path towards lower cost, wider acceptance and increased access to stroboscopic examinations.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Law, MD

Anthony Law, MD

Resident, Otolaryngology, University of Washington Medical Center
CLINICAL INTERESTS My clinical interests are still developing. As a junior resident I still enjoy all aspect of Otolaryngology and have yet to decide on an area of focus. RESEARCH FOCUS My PhD work focused on protein structure, protein dynamics and protein function. Specifically, we focused on how proteins motions contribute to promiscuous binding for small scaffolding proteins. We see this as a critical step to opening an entirely new class of proteins for drug targeting. Law AB, Sapienza PJ, Zhang J, Zuo X, Petit... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:15am

You Can’t Tap Dance in Pointe Shoes: Considerations for Technique and Treatment for Classical and Contemporary Singing Styles

There is unfortunately a long history of classical singing bias in Western voice pedagogy, in which contemporary vocal techniques such as belting have been shunned and maligned as “dangerous,” “harmful,” or “pathological.”  Classical singing was thought by many to be the highest form of singing, applicable to any other singing tradition.  Fortunately, we now know better, as there is abundant evidence demonstrating that belting is no more inherently “harmful” for the voice than classical singing, and that the techniques for each differ acoustically and physiologically in significant ways. However, old habits die hard, and there is still much to be clarified in terms of application of this knowledge in the studio and clinic.

Dance provides a useful analogy: everyone knows that years of studying classical ballet will not automatically prepare a dancer for a career in tap, and vice versa.  Although athletes will often benefit from cross training, the necessary skill for one sport does not automatically translate to another without training.  The same principles are true of singing: different styles require different training, but with appropriate training, singers may cross styles safely, successfully and effectively.  

This presentation will briefly review the history of classical singing pedagogy and the relatively recent emergence of pedagogy for contemporary singing styles.  Additional topics will include: 

  • Physiologic and acoustic characteristics of classical and contemporary singing
  • Aesthetic ideals for different singing styles and implications for the studio/clinic
  • Typical training backgrounds and practice habits of singers who engage in different singing styles
  • Comparison of performance expectations and vocal load across styles
  • The facts about singing style and voice injury
  • Developing and implementing effective rehabilitation plans for singers of differing styles

Learning objectives:

Attendees will:

  1. Describe the major differences in physiologic and acoustic characteristics of classical and contemporary singing
  2. Articulate differences in aesthetic ideals for different singing styles and implications for teaching singing/voice therapy
  3. Enumerate possible differences in training backgrounds of singers who engage in different singing styles and implications for teaching singing/voice therapy
  4. Compare performance expectations and vocal load across styles and implications for vocal health
  5. Describe appropriate exercise/therapy regimens for singers of classical and contemporary singing styles

Speakers
avatar for Leda Scearce, MM, MS

Leda Scearce, MM, MS

Speech/Language Pathologist, Duke University Medical Center
Soprano Leda Scearce has been featured in leading roles with the National Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Triangle Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Company and Whitewater Opera Company, and has appeared as concert soloist with orchestras including the North Carolina, Toledo and Honolulu... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

12:15pm

Lunch On Your Own
Friday April 21, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Your Choice

1:45pm

MAL CANTO: Servicing the Needs of a New Breed of Non-Classical Vocalists

A vocalist’s success in the current non-classical recording industry often favors stylistic uniqueness over technical excellence.  The aesthetic in non-classical music has evolved from beauty to authenticity.  This paradigm shift has precipitated a prevalence of sounds that are not addressed in a traditional singing lesson.  The purpose of this presentation is to show effective coordination for producing some of the more deviant phonations that are often unsustainable without modification.  Vocal overuse problems are further exacerbated by the increased touring demand brought on by the digital piracy revolution.   Successful strategies for teaching and executing these deviant sounds will be taught through group participation with an accompanying high speed stroboscopic demonstration of four modes of “extreme” phonation utilized in rock, heavy metal and gospel music.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand observations relating to the physiology, mechanics and aesthetics of 4 common unconventional "noisy" phonations utilized in popular non-classical commercial genres.
  • Particpants will become aware of lifestyle challenges, economic consequences of vocal injury, and some of the speaker's observed effective behavorial interventions for overuse on the past of performers as yet unaware of .
  • A greater understanding of healthier strategies for these unconventional popular phonations will address the  need for more knowledgeable practitioners to service the unique requirements of  of a of this ever growing and already substantial population of commercial vocalists

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Cross

Melissa Cross

Voice Teacher, The Melissa Cross Vocal Studio
Melissa Cross talks a lot about emotion and letting things happen naturally - about avoiding contrivance at all cost. So it should come as no surprise that what brought NYC's most forward - thinking voice teacher to her profession was not a conscious decision, but the same path that led to the development of her innovative technique: personal... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

2:45pm

You Want Me to do What? Facilitative Voice Techniques
This presentation will discuss various facilitative voice techniques commonly used by speech language pathologists during evaluation and treatment of patients with voice disorders. Examples and demonstration of these techniques will be provided in order to promote a better understanding of how to improve phonatory efficiency during evaluation, laryngoscopy, and voice and singing rehabilitation with a special consideration for use by speech pathologists, voice teachers, and laryngologists. 

Learning Objectives
  • Participant will be able to identify at least three facilitative voice techniques to use during evaluation and treatment of patients with voice disorders.
  • Participant will be able to recognize at least four different types of muscle tension patterns visualized on laryngoscopy. 

Speakers
avatar for Emily Malik, MS, CCC-SLP

Emily Malik, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, University of Washington
Emily Malik, MS, CCC-SLP received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington. She currently works alongside the UWMC Laryngology team as a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of voice and upper airway di... Read More →
avatar for Lisa D'Oyley, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa D'Oyley, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, University of Washington Medical Center
Lisa D'Oyley, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Washington Medical Center specializing in voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders as part of the multidisciplinary Laryngology clinic. She received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Waugh, MS

Patricia Waugh, MS

Speech Pathology Specialist, University of Washington Medical Center
Patricia Waugh, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Pathology Specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center with over 40 years of experience in evaluating and treating speech, language and voice disorders.  Pat is currently the senior speech pathologist in the UWMC Laryngology C... Read More →
avatar for Juli Rosenzweig, MS

Juli Rosenzweig, MS

SLP, UWMC
Juli Rosenzweig, MS, CCC-SLP, SAG-AFTRA, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in Laryngology at the University of Washington Medical Center where she has worked for the past 16 years. Prior to her work as a speech pathologist, she herself was a radio, stage, and film... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

3:30pm

Break
Friday April 21, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

3:55pm

Panel: Medical Care of the Injured Performer
This panel of laryngologists will discuss the medical care of the performer/singer. They will try to dispell fears and counter misinformation about medical care for professional voice users, though they may not always agree with each other. Be ready for a healthy and lively discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Albert Merati, MD

Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, University of Washington
Dr. Merati is a UW Professor and chief of the laryngology service in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an expert on throat and voice disorders and related upper airway conditions. | | Clinical Interests include: Care of the professional voice; swallowing dysfunction; airway diseases; vocal fold paralysis; airway stenosis. | | Research Interests: Vocal fold paralysis; reflux affecting the larynx; and airway stenosis. | | Expertise: Ear, Nose... Read More →
avatar for Kari Ragan, DMA

Kari Ragan, DMA

Artist in Residence, University of Washington
Kari Ragan, soprano, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and a DMA from the University of Washington. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her research for this fellowship was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Johns III, MD

Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt... Read More →
avatar for James Thomas, MD

James Thomas, MD

Physician, James P Thomas MD
James P. Thomas, M.D. has practiced laryngology since 1998, after studying with numerous experts in the field from Europe to China, among them Robert Bastian, Guy Cornut, Marc Bouchayer, Steven Zeitels and Murray Morrison. He is well known around the world for his website voicedo... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Schindler, MD

Joshua Schindler, MD

Otolaryngologist, OHSU
Dr. Schindler's current clinical interests include voice disorders in both professional and non-professional voice users, swallowing disorders, breathing and upper airway disorders, and cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract. His research interests include molecular diagnosis an... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 3:55pm - 5:00pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105
 
Saturday, April 22
 

8:15am

Registration
Saturday April 22, 2017 8:15am - 8:30am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

8:30am

Streaming Live from UW Medical Center OR with Dr. Merati and Dr. Johns
Dr. Merati will be performing laryngeal surgery live, via streaming video, from the UW Medical Center. Dr. Merati will narrate along the way, and the audience will be able to ask questions, via Dr. Michael Johns, who will be in the auditorium with the audience helping us to follow along as Dr. Merati performs surgery. This is not something seen at your typical voice conference!

Thank you to UW Medical Center, to all the physicians, nurses, and surgical assistants, and to UW TV for making this unique presentation possible. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Johns III, MD

Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt... Read More →

Conference Team
avatar for Albert Merati, MD

Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, University of Washington
Dr. Merati is a UW Professor and chief of the laryngology service in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an expert on throat and voice disorders and related upper airway conditions. | | Clinical Interests include: Care of the professional voice; swallowing dysfunction; airway diseases; vocal fold paralysis; airway stenosis. | | Research Interests: Vocal fold paralysis; reflux affecting the larynx; and airway stenosis. | | Expertise: Ear, Nose... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

9:30am

A Systematic Approach to Working with Singers with Injuries
Speakers
avatar for Kari Ragan, DMA

Kari Ragan, DMA

Artist in Residence, University of Washington
Kari Ragan, soprano, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and a DMA from the University of Washington. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her research for this fellowship was... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Seely, MD

Daniel Seely, MD

MD, Bellevue Ear Nose & Throat
Dr. Seely attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate degree, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated summa cum laude. For medical school, he attended the Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with honors in his medical and surgical clinical rotations. He then completed a six year residency in the University of... Read More →
avatar for Marty Nevdahl, MS

Marty Nevdahl, MS

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
Marty Nevdahl is a Senior Lecturer in Voice in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department at the University of Washington. He coordinates the Voice Unit in the SPHSC Speech and Hearing Clinic. He is a founding member and Member at Large/Treasurer of the Northwest Chapter of The V... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

10:30am

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:00am

Submitted Paper: Vocal Health Concerns Related to Video Game Voice-Over Work

My presentation is aimed at raising awareness around the damage many voice-over actors are incurring when called upon to perform in video games.  It is also intended to initiate problem-solving strategies.  By demonstrating the typical range of video game voice-over (VO) categories, e.g. attacking, dying, taunting, laughing, re-spawning, etc., this talk should help to shed more light on the issues VO talents, their teachers, their agents, and their health professionals grapple with.

Video games grossed more than movies did in 2016.  Western Washington is known as a hub of video game development.   Actors will always want to make money and grow their resumes when they can, as so many new opportunities can stem from them.  For example, I was recently on “The Business of Voice-Over” panel at Emerald City Comicon with several other video game talents; one of them is the voice of Cortana from the video game Halo.  You might also know her as the voice who is basically now on every English-Speaking PC with Windows 10 on the planet. 

What is mentioned far less often, until the recent SAG-AFTRA strike, is how often VO talents are hurting or losing their voices due to poor planning on the part of  

  • directors, who need to limit sessions times, and who need to remember to save the screams for the end of the session, and on the part of
  • under-trained talents, who are simply winging it when it comes to creating extreme voices and vocalizations.

Many of these actors experience not only vocal damage, but also loss of work because they are unable to use their voices for auditions or performances after these extreme VO sessions.

Demand for video game VO will only continue to grow, as will the number of people who want to create voices for them.  Since the problem is not going away, let us put our heads together to figure out as many strategies as we can for helping VO performers maintain healthy bodies and paychecks. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will have a greater understanding of the extreme vocal demands placed on actors engaged in voice-over work for video games
  • Attendees will be able to generate community-wide discussion on how we can help our clients/students prevent vocal damage 

Speakers
avatar for Gin Hammond, MFA

Gin Hammond, MFA

Voice Specialist, Seattle Voice Institute
Gin Hammond is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™.  She has performed nationally at theatres such The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The Longwharf Theatre, Seattle’s ACT, The Pasadena Playhouse, the ART, The Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., where she won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance of The Syringa Tree. Internationally, she has performed in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England. Ms. Hammond also received a Kathleen Cornell award, and WA state grants from Allied Arts, The... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:15am

Submitted Paper - Jazz and Functional Voice Training
Jazz as a style offers powerful tools for functional voice training. This presentation will discussion how both jazz literature and style can be used to address the physical requirements of healthy singing, while simultaneously training high levels of musicianship. Several songs from the jazz cannon will be used to show the intervals involved in singing jazz repetoire, and how those intervals from note to note can become training devices. Songs from the Great American Songbook, Jazz Bossa Nova, Bebop, and Instrumental Standards showcase the depth of functional voice skills necessary to sing this style. As a young teacher of (elective) jazz voice at the university level, I learned how to use jazz as a tool for training vocal function. It became obvious over time that jazz offers the contemporary singer a wealth of tools for gaining basic skills foundational for other contemporary genres. Graphic representation will be given to show both the complexity of vocal interval training inherent in jazz standards, as well as simultaneous interval awareness that can be built into a voice lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Johnson Schafer, MM

Liz Johnson Schafer, MM

Voice Trainer, Jazz Instructor, Love Revolution Vocal Studio
Liz has a Master’s Degree in Commericial Vocal Performance, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and also completed a Certificate in Vocology through the University of Utah and the National Center for Voice and Speech. She has been a professor of Jazz Voice at Vanderbilt Univers... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:15am - 11:30am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:30am

Submitted Paper - Musically Spoken: Teaching Vocal Habits in the Workplace
This session will explore an innovative format to disseminate vocal knowledge to a wider spectrum of the general population. After receiving a request from Amazon to train employees on effective communication in a noisy industrial environment, Musically Spoken was created to offer a structured workshop for introducing vocal wellness principles in the workplace. The course uses singing and fun speaking exercises to introduce principles of breathing, posture, resonance, musicality and intention. This unique group approach has potential to introduce healthy vocal function before problems develop by raising awareness among diverse populations including teachers, athletic coaches, sales representatives and executives. The benefits of vocal wellness training become more attractive to the business community when paired with research illustrating the high cost of vocal issues and how vocal training might yield a significant return on investment. Additionally, students have recognized the need to seek medical advice for potential problems and reported benefits including improved confidence in public speaking, increased perceived authority and greater joy in singing with a desire to learn more in private lessons.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will be able to describe a musical framework for group instruction of healthy verbal communication in the workplace.
  • Attendees will be able to discuss the potential benefits of this approach.
  • Attendees will be able to make a case for vocal wellness training with managers.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Guinup

Erin Guinup

Voice Teacher, Musically Spoken
I have recently expanded my private voice teaching to corporate presentations for companies including Amazon. These unique workshops foster better breathing, posture and expressive verbal and non-verbal communication through singing and vocal exercises as well as improvisation a... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:30am - 11:45am
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

11:45am

Ask Al: Q&A with Dr. Al Merati
This is your chance to ask Dr. Al Merati, Chief of Laryngology at UW Medical Center, your questions about voice. We are asking you to submit your questions by April 14th via email (nwvoice@northwestvoice.org). Then we'll present the questions to Dr. Merati at the conference. Don't miss this chance to get your burning question answered by one of the fields leading laryngologists.

Speakers
avatar for Albert Merati, MD

Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, University of Washington
Dr. Merati is a UW Professor and chief of the laryngology service in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an expert on throat and voice disorders and related upper airway conditions. | | Clinical Interests include: Care of the professional voice; swallowing dysfunction; airway diseases; vocal fold paralysis; airway stenosis. | | Research Interests: Vocal fold paralysis; reflux affecting the larynx; and airway stenosis. | | Expertise: Ear, Nose... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:45am - 12:15pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

12:15pm

Lunch On Your Own
Saturday April 22, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Your Choice

1:15pm

Submitted Papers: Performing Voice Across the Gender Spectrum
Three 10-minute talks will be presented followed by a 10-15 minute Q&A with the 3 speakers.
 
Aaron Ziegler, PhD, CCC-SLP: "How to Facilitate a Successful Vocal Transition in Trans Men"

Sixty-four percent of transmasculine participants studied by Scheidt and colleagues (2004) requested professional support for voice problems that developed with Testosterone Hormone Therapy (THT). The purpose of this talk is to review existing literature on the effectiveness of THT for voice masculinization. Methods: A systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines using PubMed and Google Scholar. Original research written in English was reviewed to investigate testosterone as a sole treatment modality for voice masculinization. Based on findings, an evidence-based clinical protocol for voice masculinization management was developed. Results: An accumulation of data from 16 studies of original research indicates that THT produces a lowering of pitch for some, but not all, trans men. Variability in the extent and rate of pitch lowering exists. Data also indicate that the vocal transition and treatment outcomes of some trans men on THT are not always optimal, leaving some dissatisfied with THT. Study participants also expressed non-pitch related concerns with THT including difficulty with vocal loudness, voice quality, and vocal instability, a negative impact to the singing voice. Maintaining gender fluidity was also a concern. Conclusions: Given that THT can cause negative voice changes, referral to a multi-disciplinary voice team should be made prior to THT. Laryngologists and speech-language pathologists can offer services that help trans men achieve desirable voice masculinization outcomes.

Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP: "Combining Art and Science in Resonance Training with Gender Diverse Clients"

In the past decade or more, there has been a growing acceptance and body of transgender voice and communication research and literature that supports the understanding that pitch modification alone is not an adequate therapy approach in order to confidently change the auditory perception of gender. This presentation is a resonance training approach, Acoustic Assumptions, that I have developed with a basis in speech and voice science as well as performance voice. It provides vocal tools to help clients understand certain resonance challenges, and how to solve them as they simultaneously work on raising or lowering pitch and developing new inflectional patterns. Participants will be able to apply the Acoustic Assumptions tenets to their clinical work with transgender clients, as well as in their studios with singers and actors. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to explain and apply an articulation rubric (acoustic assumptions) designed to facilitate desired resonant outcomes through the manipulation of physiological gestures.
  2. Participants will be able to apply the tenets learned from the articulation rubric (acoustic assumptions) to voice and communication training with gender diverse populations.  

Emerald Lessley, MM: "Teaching Transgender Singers"

For voice teachers there is a lack of information and resources for teaching transgender and transitioning singing voice students. This is a different area of expertise than that of SLPs who work with trans clients in voice therapy, however almost all of the scientifically-based literature about trans voices is specific to the speaking voice. For her DMA dissertation, Ms. Lessley has researched the effect of transitioning on the singing voice, and has been working with several transgender singers in private lessons as well as in the class voice setting. Most transgender singing information she has encountered recently has been very anecdotal and is limited to a teacher speaking about his/her experience with one student. Ms. Lessley has a wider sample of students-- MtF, FtM, non-binary, wide age range, varied ages at the time of transition, etc. This presentation will share her research and applied experiences, especially how the things we read in the medical and SLP journals actually translate to teaching real, unique students in the voice studio. This includes range and timbre changes, time frames, repertoire, and specific challenges that teachers and students might face (posture and breathing with FtM students who wear binders, for example) and how to overcome them. 

Speakers
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Emerald Lessley, MM

Student, University of Washington
Emerald Lessley, soprano, began studying music and performing at a young age in northern California, where she discovered her love of the stage. She has been actively involved in many musical ensembles as well as performing opera and new music. Ms. Lessley has enjoyed roles such as Suor Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica, La Calisto in Cavalli's La Calisto, Semele in... Read More →
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Sandy Hirsch, MS

Clinician/Sole Proprietor, Give Voice
Sandy Hirsch, MS CCC/SLP is owner of Give Voice in Seattle, WA. Gender Diverse, professional, performance voice and accent modification are a focus of her practice. She is an internationally recognized expert in the area of gender diverse voice and communication training.
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Aaron Ziegler, PhD

Assistant Professor, NW Center for Voice & Swallowing, OHSU
Dr. Aaron Ziegler is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist who recently joined the Northwest Clinic for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Ziegler earned his Ph.D. in communication science and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Verdolini Abbott and a... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

2:00pm

Master Class with Melissa Cross
Speakers
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Melissa Cross

Voice Teacher, The Melissa Cross Vocal Studio
Melissa Cross talks a lot about emotion and letting things happen naturally - about avoiding contrivance at all cost. So it should come as no surprise that what brought NYC's most forward - thinking voice teacher to her profession was not a conscious decision, but the same path that led to the development of her innovative technique: personal... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

3:00pm

Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

3:30pm

Panel: Demystifying Vocal Health
This panel of singers and SLPs, moderated by Dr. Michael Johns, will discuss and demystify the issues surrounding vocal health for performers. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Johns III, MD

Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kari Ragan, DMA

Kari Ragan, DMA

Artist in Residence, University of Washington
Kari Ragan, soprano, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and a DMA from the University of Washington. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her research for this fellowship was... Read More →
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N. Scott Howard, MD

Director, Laryngology Voice & Airway Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center
Dr. N. Scott Howard joined the Madigan Army Medical Center’s Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery group in 2016 after serving as Chairman of the San Antonio Military Medical Center.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the University Of Florida College Of Medicine and obtained an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA... Read More →
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Leda Scearce, MM, MS

Speech/Language Pathologist, Duke University Medical Center
Soprano Leda Scearce has been featured in leading roles with the National Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Triangle Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Company and Whitewater Opera Company, and has appeared as concert soloist with orchestras including the North Carolina, Toledo and Honolulu... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Ziegler, PhD

Aaron Ziegler, PhD

Assistant Professor, NW Center for Voice & Swallowing, OHSU
Dr. Aaron Ziegler is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist who recently joined the Northwest Clinic for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Ziegler earned his Ph.D. in communication science and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Verdolini Abbott and a... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105

4:30pm

Wrap Up: What Did We Learn the Past Two Days?
This wrap-up session will discuss what we have learned from all the presentations the previous two days, and help to formulate a broad "take away" message from the conference.

Moderators
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Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, University of Washington
Dr. Merati is a UW Professor and chief of the laryngology service in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is an expert on throat and voice disorders and related upper airway conditions. | | Clinical Interests include: Care of the professional voice; swallowing dysfunction; airway diseases; vocal fold paralysis; airway stenosis. | | Research Interests: Vocal fold paralysis; reflux affecting the larynx; and airway stenosis. | | Expertise: Ear, Nose... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Cross

Melissa Cross

Voice Teacher, The Melissa Cross Vocal Studio
Melissa Cross talks a lot about emotion and letting things happen naturally - about avoiding contrivance at all cost. So it should come as no surprise that what brought NYC's most forward - thinking voice teacher to her profession was not a conscious decision, but the same path that led to the development of her innovative technique: personal... Read More →
avatar for Michael Johns III, MD

Michael Johns III, MD

Otolaryngologist, Keck Medicine of USC
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through their National Institute of Health T32 program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt... Read More →
avatar for Leda Scearce, MM, MS

Leda Scearce, MM, MS

Speech/Language Pathologist, Duke University Medical Center
Soprano Leda Scearce has been featured in leading roles with the National Opera Company, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Triangle Opera, the Ohio Light Opera Company and Whitewater Opera Company, and has appeared as concert soloist with orchestras including the North Carolina, Toledo and Honolulu... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105