UW TV and KOMO News have broadcast a story featuring faculty from the UW's Speech & Hearing Sciences Department, as well as colleagues from Otolaryngology and the School of Music. 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 Dr. Kari Ragan from the School of Music, and Dr. Albert Merati, Emily Malik and Lisa D'Oyley from the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, put on the 2nd annual "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. See this UW TV video for highlights of the conference.
Plans for next year's conference are already underway. Go to northwestvoice.org for more information.