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College of Arts and Letters to host International Voice Conference PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   

Voice and speech specialists from around the globe will gather in Hattiesburg Jan. 7 – 9 for a three-day conference sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters that will address the nation’s leading approach to voice, speech and body training.

The Lessac Training and Research Institute’s 5th annual conference, titled “Buzzin’ in the Burg,” will feature workshops, symposiums, meetings and presentations by 30 Lessac trained teacher-practitioners at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites. The event will provide a unique forum for members to share creative and scholarly research based on the Lessac Voice and Body training created by Arthur Lessac.

“Arthur Lessac is a distinguished international leader in the area of voice and speech training,” said Robin Carr, associate professor of voice and acting. Carr is event coordinator for the conference, and is also president of the Voice and Speech Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and a certified Lessac Trainer.

“This conference is a significant event in Hattiesburg and promotes the university as a national leader in voice and speech.”

According to Barry Kur, president of The Lessac Training and Research Institute, Inc., Lessac training is based on sensory learning and kinesthetic awareness. “It differs from traditional training in that it substitutes conventional ear training with self-reliant awareness, so one learns how the voice feels and how it relates to the body’s sensation,” said Kur. “It’s the most inclusive vocal training work in that all vocals studies are treated as a single discipline.”

As one of the most highly regarded instructors of voice, speech and movement training in the world, Arthur Lessac has taught three generations of actors, singers and dancers including Martin Sheen, Faye Dunaway and Michael Douglas. While celebrities have come to appreciate his unique approach to voice, speech and movement training, his methods have also been studied and applied at many universities and colleges worldwide.

Lessac, who celebrates his 100th birthday this year, plans to attend the conference. “What a wonderful coincidence to be celebrating the Southern Miss centennial along with Arthur’s birthday-two events that are truly remarkable,” Carr said.

For more information on the conference, online visit or contact Robin Carr at 601.266.6442.

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