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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
 

8:45am

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 and... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 8:45am - 9:15am
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 Dr. Leda Scearce

Dr. Leda Scearce

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... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Alder Commons Auditorium 1310 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA, 98105
 
Saturday, April 22
 

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... Read More →

Conference Team
avatar for Albert Merati, MD

Albert Merati, MD

Otolaryngologist, Chief of Laryngology, University of Washington Medical Center
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... 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, is Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music Voice Department where she teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, Italian Diction, and French Art Song Literature. Dr. Ragan works in affiliation with the University of Washington Otolaryngology... Read More →
avatar for Martin Nevdahl

Martin Nevdahl

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington Speech & Hearing Sciences
avatar for Daniel Seely

Daniel Seely

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... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
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, Chief of Laryngology, University of Washington Medical Center
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... Read More →


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