April 25-26, 2013
(more information to come)

This symposium will provide a forum to discuss the need for professional training programs in performance voice health.


For more than a decade, the discussion on the scope of practice regarding vocal health for the performer has waxed and waned, including the commonly used term Singing Voice Specialist (in the context of the vocal health clinic).  During this time, surveys for the demand have been conducted, papers have been written, and proposals for training have been made.  Nevertheless, the definition of the roles of performance voice health training and care is still very murky and includes several groups of stakeholders, including MDs, SLPs, Voice Coaches, and Performers.  Additionally, these stakeholders all are represented by a variety of associations without one primary network.  

To help address these issues and to provide a venue dedicated solely to the discussion of them, the National Center for Voice and Speech is excited to host the "Proposed Specialty Training in Vocal Health: Why, Who, What & How Symposium".  We have assembled a group of well-known professionals from across the stakeholders to act as the steering committee, so that all sides are represented in the design of the Symposium.  The format of this event will include: multiple open sessions developed from abstracts (submit your own and have your voice heard), correlations from other fields and talks on current training practices, with additional break-out sessions to help determine common ground and goals. This forum will also play host to multiple structured talks as well as round tables from all stakeholders.

Specialty Training Flyer

This symposium is intended for:

  • Individuals Interested in the Care and Recovery of the Voice

  • Speech Language Pathologist

  • Otolaryngologist (ENTs)

  • Vocologists

  • Voice Scientists

  • Singing Teachers

  • Acting Coaches

  • Other Performance Professionals












This course is offered for 1.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)


- Disclosure Statments (PDF download)



The Symposium encourages the submission of abstracts for podium presentations. We encourage proposals regarding the following topics:

current practice in care for the performer’s voice, including training, rehabilitation, habilitation.  We are not looking for technique as much as we are looking for your tactics in practice.  For example, referrals, when to treat, where you practice, billing, interdisciplinary collaboration, what is the role of the MD, the SLP, the Voice Coach, etc.current programs that train people to provide service in vocal health current proposals and opinions for training, certification, and associations

Please submit your abstract as a pdf attachment to stvh2013@ncvs.org. Abstracts should be between 250-350 and are due by February 15, 2013


Formatting sample (word doc)

Payment Options:

You can pay online via credit card or mail a check to the NCVS - 136 South Main Street, Ste 320, SLC, UT 84101

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(A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be assessed)



Total Cost for 2-day workshop is= $335

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All registrations are confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call Carrie at (801) 596-2012 or email carrie.pymm@ncvs.org.



Conference Attire
To ensure your comfort in the conference room, please bring a sweater or jacket to accommodate temperature variations.



Linda M Carroll PhD CCC-SLP

Private Practice, New York, NY
Senior Voice Scientist, Department of Otolaryngology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia




Starrlett Cookman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistant Director of the Voice & Speech Clinic at the University of Connecticut Health Center

Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut



Rocco Dal Vera, MFA
Professor of Drama
University of Cincinnati CCM



James Daugherty, PhD
Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Pedagogy
University of Kansas

Kate Devore, MA, CCC-SLP, Voice/speech pathologist, voice/speech coach, singing voice specialist
Total Voice, Inc.- www.TotalVoice.net
Columbia College Chicago
The School at Steppenwolf
www.LoveYourVoice.com - www.LoveYourVoice.com


Lynn Helding, MM
Associate Professor of Voice
Dickinson College
Scott McCoy , DMA
Professor of Voice and Pedagogy
The Ohio State University

John Nix, MM
Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy
University of Texas at San Antonio

Martin Spencer, M.A., CCC-SLP
Clinical Voice Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist with Ohio ENT, President of the Ohio Voice Association

Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Associate Faculty, Duke University School of Medicine
Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development, Duke Voice Care Center
Durham, NC



Contact: For More Information

Carrie Pymm
Program Manager
National Center for Voice and Speech
136 South Main Street, Suite 320
Phone: (801) 596-2012
E-mail: carrie.pymm@ncvs.org




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