World Voice Day, April 16th, is celebrated around the world through singing events, health screenings, free workshops, and lectures. This year, we are pleased to announce a collaboration between the UTSA Voice Area in the Music Department and the Texas Voice Center at UT-Health to bring World Voice Day to UTSA. Professor Blake Simpson, a world-renowned surgeon and the lead laryngologist at UT Health in San Antonio, and the voice care team from UT Health, in partnership with Olympus Medical (which makes the necessary equipment), will come to UTSA for an interactive workshop for speakers and singers which will include live voice endoscopic examinations and a real-time acoustical analysis and visual imaging of the speaking and singing voice in action.
The tentative program for the event will include the following:
• the role of voice in many occupations, and the meaning of professional voice use
• the concept of one voice – how humans use the same production system for speaking and singing
• the unique needs of speaking voice users
• the unique needs of singing voice users
• means of imaging the voice for research and diagnostic purposes
• seeing the voice in action: what happens inside your body when you speak, sing (classical and popular), whistle, swallow, speak or sing at different dynamic levels, sing with and without vibrato, clear your throat, hum, or yawn.
• Q & A with audience
• Information about the UT Voice Center
Vocology, the study of the voice, is an exciting field which combines the arts (opera, theatre), the humanities (studies in human communication, linguistics), biomedical engineering (the technology of voice imaging and analysis), physics (voice acoustics and biomechanics), biology (anatomy, physiology), and medicine (therapy, medications, surgery). Our Masters program in Voice Performance and Pedagogy prepares students for a variety of career paths in teaching music, research, and even health care.
Free and open to the public