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|Duke Voice Care Center and North Carolina Symphony to Celebrate World Voice Day|
|Posted: March 09, 2009|
Two organizations with a vigorous interest in the voice are collaborating for the third time on an event that celebrates the singing voice, the speaking voice and general vocal health and wellness. The event takes place on Sunday, April 5, 2009 from 12-5 pm at the Renaissance Hotel in North Hills.
World Voice Day encourages everyone, young and old, singers and non-singers—to become more aware of the importance of vocal health and take action to learn about and maintain good voice habits.
This year’s event includes voice screenings and question and answer opportunities as well as performances with well-known Durham vocalist Lois DeLoatch.
An educational presentation features a panel of medical professionals and voice experts including soprano Florence Peacock, Metropolitan Opera baritone William Stone; former host of ABC’s Good Morning America David Hartman; host of American Public Media’s “The Story” Dick Gordon; and former NBC News Correspondent John Dancy, and hosted by Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn. In addition, the Duke Voice Care Center team will present a teaching session on vocal health. Refreshments will be served.
“I always look forward to this event,” says Llewellyn. “As a Welshman who grew up singing songs at the dinner table, the voice is most important to me, in both the musical and the romantic sense. Our partnership with Duke Voice Care Center has proven its potential to explore and underscore what actually is our first and most basic instrument.”
Participants will learn how the voice works, how to care for the voice and keep it healthy, what kinds of voice problems people can have and best treatment practices. Other topics include special tips for singers, actors and other vocal performers, vocal health for teachers and clergy, how aging affects the voice, and medical problems and medications that can have an impact on the voice. World Voice Day also features demonstrations of video recordings of the vocal cords in action as well as computerized acoustic voice analysis. Vocal health screenings will provide an assessment of individual vocal health.
“For anyone,” says Duke Voice Care Center Clinical Coordinator/Speech Pathologist and Professional/Singing Voice Specialist Leda Scearce, “the voice is a central part of self-identity and self-esteem. All of us rely on our voices for our daily communication at work and for interaction with our friends and family. Many others, such as singers, actors, teachers, attorneys, clergy, and athletic coaches need healthy voices to do their jobs. This annual celebration of the voice is part of our mission to provide access to vocal health information to everyone.”
Duke Voice Care Center Director Dr. Dave Witsell adds, “Our collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony is a natural one since the voice is an instrument that we all play each and every day. Just like an accomplished musician, knowing how your instrument works helps you to take care of it, play it better, make your voice last a lifetime!"
Click here to read about one of last year’s World Voice Day participant in the Fall 2008 Opus Magazine.
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