Upcoming Events

Vocal Arts and Science Symposium – a bi-annual event

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, and Speech and Hearing fields.  Our first collaborative symposium that took place in January 2011 was well received and proved to be a much needed community service.   Our special guest clinicians were two of our nation’s leading pedagogical and voice experts, Dr. Karen Peeler, Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Ohio State University, and Dr. Thomas Cleveland, Director of Vocology at Vanderbilt University’s Bill Wilkerson Center, as our master clinicians; they were joined by local speech therapists and ear, nose, throat physicians: speech and hearing specialists Richard Saniga, Ph.D., SLP-CCC and Steven J. Cloud, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; otolaryngologists, John D. Sobiesk, M.D., Robert McCrary, M.D., FAAAI-ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery, and Charles E. Guice, III, M.D. FACS-ENT and facial plastic surgery. Additional panel discussions were powered by professional singers and speakers from Mass Communications.

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.   

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.