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Free Concert Celebrates "World Voice Day"


The School of Music, Theatre & Dance Department of Voice will present a free concert on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 pm at the Michigan League's Hussey Room in celebration of World Voice Day. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Vocal Health Center, the concert will feature SMTD voice majors singing a variety of repertoire, accompanied by Lydia Qiu (collaborative pianist and coordinator of studio accompanying). No tickets are required for this event, which is open to the public.

This concert is part of a global celebration, with 47 participating countries, that aims to increase awareness of and share the excitement of voice science, pedagogy, and the vocal arts. From Alba-Iulia, Romania to York, Great Britain, more than 260 events will be presented worldwide, including concerts, lectures, poetry readings, workshops, flashmobs, competitions, and more.

The U-M event is one of 33 in the United States and also celebrates the cross-unit collaboration of the U-M's Vocal Health Center with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. SMTD voice professors Freda Herseth and Melody Racine both work with patients at U-M's Multidisciplinary Clinic for Professional and Occupational Voice Users, and Dr. Norman Hogikyan, a U-M Health System otolaryngologist and a specialist in the care of the professional voice, is also a professor at SMTD and is director of the Vocal Health Center.

The theme for this year's World Voice Day is "Educate Your Voice," which Dr. Hogikyan recently discussed in an article in the American Academy of Otolaryngology's publication The Bulletin.

World Voice Day launched in 1999 to draw attention to the important role of the voice as a significant contributor to quality of life and as the main tool for both semantic and emotional communication (relevant to auditory perception, psychology, neurology, cognition, linguistics, and phonetics). The event also recognizes the voice as a crucial tool in education and daily work for about 30% of the entire working population. Voice science has foundations in various branches of physics, particularly biophysics, aerodynamics, mechanics and acoustics, while voice pedagogy involves vocal development and artistic expressions of speech and singing that are integral to every relationship and culture in the world.



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First-Ever SMTD Chamber Music Competition Launches April 5 03/27/2014

Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year 03/26/2014

Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

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August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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