On April 21st and 22nd, the Speech & Hearing Science's voice team of Marty Nevdahl, Mara Kapsner-Smith, and Tanya Eadie, in conjunction with colleagues from the School of Music and the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, put on the 2nd annual NW Voice Conference's, "The Art & Science of the Performing Voice." This two-day conference brought together speech/language pathologists, otolaryngologists, singing teachers, singers and other vocal performers to listen to researchers and clinicians from around the country discuss the performing voice. Topics included: the aging performing voice; classical versus contemporary singing and how to work with singers in each genre; how singing teachers can systematically work with singers with injured voices; how rock and heavy metal singers can produce "alternative" sounds without injuring their voices; and many more. The conference included a possibly first of its kind live video stream from a UW Medical Center OR of a laryngeal surgery performed by Dr. Albert Merati, Chief of Laryngology and Adjunct Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.
Plans for next year's conference are already underway. Go to northwestvoice.org for more information.