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

9:15am PDT

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

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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 →

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

1:45pm PDT

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

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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... Read More →

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