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February 3 – 4, 2023

In keeping with its mission to provide cultural enrichment, development of musicians, teachers, and creative and research professionals in the arts and arts/music education, the School of Music and Voice Faculty will host a bi-annual Vocal Arts and Science Symposium with invited voice professionals in the medical, pedagogical, theatrical, and Speech and Hearing fields.  

Guest Clinicians

Joining us will be two very special guest clinicians:

  • Dr. Stephen F. Austin, Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health at the University of North Texas, Denton
  • Dr. Raymond Wise, Professor of Practice in the African American African Diaspora Studies department, Indiana University’s faculty in Bloomington

Other guest presenters include:

  • Dr. Phyllis Lewis-Hale, soprano, Assistant Professor of Voice and the Director of the Opera Workshop at Jackson State University.
  • Mr. Ron Hancock, local Hearing Specialist with Beltone Hearing Center
  • Robin Aronson, actor and professor of voice in Southern Miss Theatre's program

The Symposium Experience

  • You will experience two power-packed days of pedagogical material and topics including but not limited to vocal and respiratory anatomy and function, voice production, tension in the singing voice, medicine and handling pathologies (allergies, respiratory illnesses, etc.), treating and working with the voice after injury or surgery, to name a few.  
  • Panel discussions and fun-filled master classes for speakers and singers (avocational and professional) are also included to give practical methods and techniques on vocal improvement in both singing and speech.  
  • In addition to the legit style of teaching, this year’s emphasis will be on the singing and teaching techniques of gospel style of music, which is inclusive of commercial singing, pop, jazz, and R&B.
  • Master classes with individual soloists and ensembles are featured.


Registration (Event ID 8191)

Please enter the following coupon code into your registration. If you have any questions with your registration, please email us at and we will try to help you with your registration.


                   Title                       Code
USM Student, High School Student (No Lunch Included) USMHS
USM Student, High School Student (Lunch Included)  USMHSL
Non-USM College Student (No Lunch Included)                                                             NUSM
Non-USM College Student (Lunch Included)                                                                 NUSML
Teacher (No Lunch Included)                                                                                             TCR
Teacher (Lunch Included)          No Code Needed

Frequently Asked Questions

The symposium is open to members of the National Associations of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), private studio teachers and professional singers (not affiliated with NATS or MTNA), professional speakers, speech and hearing specialist, voice specialist and otolaryngologists, K-12 teachers, actors/orators, ministers, choral directors, church music directors, forensics teams, avocational singers (with all styles of music), church choir members, students and all who have an interest in professional or avocational voice usage.   

The primary objectives and outcomes are as follows: 

  • To give the community of both professional and avocational voice users and opportunity to hear from voice experts and physicians the importance of proper voice usage;
  • To give the clinicians a relaxed setting in which to share medical information regarding drug interactions, surgeries, and information regarding various pathologies that may derive from allergies or various forms of abuse (known or unknown);
  • To give the community and opportunity to ask questions of, receive information from, and socialize with voice professionals in a setting that would not normally be afforded them in a regular office visit;
  • To build an awareness of (the importance of) proper voice habits in those who are orators, ministers, choir directors, teachers, and the avocational singers and voice users.

Early Payment (postmarked by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023)

  • Free for PFTA Members, Seniors, USM Students and high school students
  • $15 for non-USM collegiate students
  • Teachers: $50 (Includes lunch). Add $15 (Cash) or $16.50 (Card/Paypal) for CEU’s.  Use Symposium Code: #8191.  Add an additional $30 to include lunch. 
  • Non-teachers: $25 ($55, includes lunch for two days)

Payment Option (postmarked by Friday, Feb 3, 2023)

  • Free for PFTA Members, Seniors, USM Students and high school students.
  • $15 for non-USM collegiate students.
  • Teachers:  $75 (includes lunch). Add $15 (Cash) or $16.50 (Card/Paypal) for CEU credits. (Includes lunch)
  • Non-teachers: $35 ($65, includes lunch for two days)

Please make check or money order payable to:

The Southern Miss School of Music: for Vocal Arts and Science (VAS)
and mail to:

Ms. Belinda Taft
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5081
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

For teachers, please use the assigned symposium code (#8191) if you will need a CEU Certificate now or in the future, visit

Hilton Garden Inn

133 Plaza Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Please call 601.261.3770

  • Group Name: Vocal Arts & Science Symposium
  • Rate:  $115.00 (this rate includes breakfast; normally an additional cost)
  • Group Code: VAS                    

La Quinta Inn & Suites Hattiesburg (I-59)

109 Lundy Lane
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Please call 769.223.6000

  • Group Name: Vocal Arts and Science
  • Rate: $105 + tax, King | $105 + tax, 2 Queens
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Hotel Indigo, Hattiesburg – Midtown

103 S. 30th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Please call 601.264.7709

  • Group Name: Vocal Arts and Science
  • Rate:  $134 – Breakfast is not served



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