Thursday Aug. 3, morning

Main hall (Kungasalen)

09.00-10.00 Keynote Matthias Echternach : Research on the female singing voice

The voice production system is a complex mechanical system which involves many separate modules producing or modifying the human vocal sound. Such systems involve the establishment of subglottal pressure by the lungs and the vocal folds, the fragmentation of the air flow by the oscillating vocal folds and articulatory sound modifications within the vocal tract. Most of these systems are inside the human body and therefore primarily not visible. In the beginning most studies were performed in male singers. However, during the last years also many studies focused on female voices analyzing topics such as very high pitch phonation, female registers,genre and vocal Fach.

The presentation shows studies in professional female singers and offers inside views at all stages of the voice production system using innovative technological applications.

10.30-11.00 Keynote Levon Javadyan : 150 years of Armenian Opera Music

with Marine Deinyan, soprano and Silva Petrosyan, soprano

11.15-12.45 Masterclass Monica Groop

Presentations, other venues


‘Rise and shine – your early- morning wake-up call’

A short warm-up for song and speech with Anna Högström


Round Table: “Cinderella Meets Cendrillon: Musical Theatre & Opera Living Under the Same Roof”

The confluence of opera and musical theatre may indeed signal the start of a new era in and for opera companies. This round table presentation, featuring teachers, performers, directors, and artistic administrators who are actively involved in both worlds, will address many of the questions that arise from the cohabitation of these two art forms.

Jennifer McQuade is an active performer, teacher, and clinician whose research has been presented, performed and published at NATS, CMS, & ICVT conferences and in the Journal of Singing.

Versatile artist, teacher, conductor, arts administrator, and baritone Allen Henderson is Executive Director of NATS and Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University teaching voice and diction.

David Sisco is Professor of Voice at Marymount Manhattan College & has an active studio in New York City. He has presented papers at NATS, ICVT & ANATS events and won the 2010 NATS Composition Award.

Mark McQuade teaches at Valdosta State University & as a director, performer, teacher, arts administrator, & researcher brings over 20 years of experience in all aspects of opera & musical theatre.

Roundtable | Nathan Milsteinsalen

The Ladies of Lyric and Song: Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre

This theatrical program traces the history of American musical theatre through trailblazing female composers and lyricists. Featuring excerpts of 26 songs in a fast-paced program and fascinating stories illuminating challenges faced by female writers. “An amazing tour-de-force” directed by Tony nominee Patti Cohenour.

Erin Guinup, soprano: La Bohème, Carmina Burana, Messiah, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast; Conductor of Tacoma Refugee Choir; Voice students on TV, Broadway and opera.

Repertoire | Lilla salen

Rehabilitation of the distressed singing voice

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” I like this quote by Ella Fitzgerald as it’s a wonderful feeling when everything is going well but if only this were true for singers experiencing difficulties. During this Workshop I will share with delegates problems that I’ve encountered and take them through a series of exercises that I’ve used when retraining damaged voices.

Lynne Wayman attends the Queens University Hospital, Nottingham helping in the assessment of singing voices and is a recommended teacher for Guys/St.Thomas’ Hospitals, London. Recently she made a series of films on Vocal Health for Help Musicians UK.

Health | Seminarie 1

Warming-up methods in vocal training – in practice and acoustic research

During their vocal career singers come across different types of warm-ups. Most often teachers use classical types of exercises, sometimes the warm-up is based on a mixture of head tones and chest tones. Lax Vox was presented at a few conferences as a type of voice rehabilitation. In this presentation the three methods will be described and compared with cooperation with laboratory DiagNova Technologies.

Monika Kolasa-Hladíková, Prof., graduated from the Department of Vocal/Acting Music Academy in Łódź and studied in Hochshule Fur Music Dresden. She is Prof. at the University in Kielce as well as teaches at the Music Academy in Wrocław.

Marcin Just Ph.D. is a scientist dedicated to physics and bio-physics. He specializes in combining different technical and software solutions. He has performed his research work within the company DiagNova Technologies.

Michał Hugo Tyc, received Master and Ph.D. degrees in physics at Wrocław University of Science and Technology. He is a co-founder of DiagNova Technologies, where he works as a researcher programmer and electronics engineer.

Vocal technique | Movement room

10.00-10.30 Morning Coffee


Embodied Imagery: gestures and movements carried out by Western Classical singers away from the audience.

Gestures and movements (GM) occur in different contexts in singing training and performance. GM that are employed as “embodied imagery” (EI) by singers in practice or rehearsal appear distinct from those observed on stage. A pilot study has shown that the use of EI led to greater vocal freedom and increased expressiveness.

Dr Julia Nafisi (Reifeprüfung Oper, MMus, PhD) investigates the role of gesture and movement in voice teaching. She is the president of ANATS Vic and teaches/researches at the University of Melbourne.

Pedagogy | Lilla Salen

Timbral Perception and the Modern-Day Voice Teacher

Recent research has demonstrated that the appraisal of timbre is subconscious and culturally, socially and experientially mediated. The purpose of this study was to discover voice teachers’ perceptions of diverse singing timbres as well as the ways in which timbral perception impacts voice teachers’ ability for empathic teaching.

After receiving her BM and MM in Vocal Performance, Emily Good-Perkins spent six years teaching voice in the United Arab Emirates. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. from Columbia University.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1

Voice Science: What do Singers and Teachers Really Need to Know?

Art versus Science in Singing & Teaching: Generations of teachers have succeeded while not knowing an arytenoid from a hemorrhoid. Is science really necessary for skilled teaching? Is there a core knowledge we all should possess? McCoy’s answers to these questions might come as a surprise.

Scott McCoy. Professor of Voice & Director of the Swank Voice Research Lab at The Ohio State University. Past president of NATS. Voice Pedagogy editor at the Journal of Singing. Author of Your Voice: an Inside View and numerous articles on singing and teaching.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 2

Pilates – A help or hindrance to singers

Singing performing artists place demand on the body as part of their professional life. Pilates may improve strength, flexibility and well-being but is viewed cautiously by the singing community. Research results, qualitative and quantitative, from the integration of Pilates into the practice routine of singing performing artists will be presented.

Larissa Kelloway, BSc(hons), BA. Musical theatre performer, researcher, singing voice educator & Pilates practitioner, with a specific interest in dynamic postural control as it pertains to voice use.

Health | Movement room

Round Table: Singers’ careers (until 11.30)

Prof. Dr. Martin Vácha is a concert singer (baritone) and Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Department of Voice and Opera). Vice-President of EVTA and board member of EVTA-Austria. Busy as lecturer, author and manager.

Kathleen Connell is a Master of Vocal Pedagogy from University of Western Sydney. She has built an independent teaching studio now in it’s eighteenth year of successful operation. PhD candidate at Griffith University (Brisbane), where she is researching the career trajectories of classical singers from Australia.

Ann Braathen is one of Europe’s principal agents for singers in opera and concert.

Emilia Mårtensson is a Swedish jazz-singer, who lives in London and has been much acclaimed for her music and performances.

Charlotta Huldt, successful singer in opera and concert, initiator and producer of numerous theatrical projects, most recently ‘Bollywood opera’ which toured  with Stockholms Park Theatre and played to an audience of 7,000 in Rålambshov Park!

Moderator is Outi Kähkönen, coloratura soprano, lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, former president of EVTA and Finats, and singing teacher with a wide experience of  both classical and other genres.

Svarta lådan


Power of Cabaret

Cabaret is an incredible multi-disciplinary, multi-genre art-form which allows artists to craft personal stories through song, patter and performance. Discover how to evoke audiences to listen with fresh ears and open minds, and learn to utilize cabaret as an expressive art-form, taking both the audience and artist on a journey through performance.

Australia’s leading cabaret educator Kim Spargo works extensively as director, arranger, performer & vocal coach in all genres. Kim is highly respected for her intuitive skills with students, enabling them to discover the artist within.

Australian pianist, Emma Knights is in high demand as a performer and accompanist. As a producer Emma specializes in immersive theatre proudly advocating local artists and unique locations that promote tourism.

Repertoire | Lilla Salen

The Mexican Art Song – Lecture/Recital

A view of the origins and development of the Mexican Art Song, and how its creation has been influenced by the cultural, social and political factors, both national and world-wide. In a format of a concert-recital, I will offer comments on key composers, important compositional aspects of the songs and the preferred languages and poets. Included will be my last research work with Mexican composer Julián Carrillo.

Cecilia Montemayor is a lyrical spinto soprano and voice pedagogue. The exquisite quality her voice, her fascination with language and her interests in musicology have placed her as the most important voice of the Art Song in Mexico.

Repertoire | Nathan Milsteinsalen

Neuroplasticity and the Singing Brain

Neuroplasticity is when the brain takes isolated experiences, grows new neurons, and makes connections in the brain that improve nerve impulses. Learn how singers can isolate song elements to strengthen these neural connections and improve technique and musicality.

Julie Kaldor Grives is currently an Othmer Fellow pursuing her PhD in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Research | Seminarie 1

Integrative approach to speaking and singing

This presentation will explore the speakers’ current qualitative research and findings from a year of trial groups. This information will explore the connections between the Singing and spoken voice, identifying evidence of benefits to the performers overall arts practice and how it connects with their vocal technique. It will also consider how such models of practice can further the skills needed for artistic collaboration with different performance specialists.

Scott Harrison BA(Hons) PGCLTHE FHEA FRSA – Lecturer of Singing and Musical Theatre at both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Scott works internationally teaching and coaching in Europe, Asia and USA. Working with BA, MA and professional level singers and actors, he also runs workshops in ‘integrative teaching practices’ across the UK, recently in the National Opera Studio. Current research interest is the synthesis of methodology used by singers in different specialisms.

Lucinda Allen MA(Dist) PGCE BA(Hons) – Lucinda is a Voice & Singing Consultant in both creative and corporate sectors. Recently Lucinda has works at Harley Street’s ‘Physio Ed Medical’ as Voice & Singing Coach and is Deputy Programme Leader in Contemporary Music Performance at The Institute of Contemporary Performance. Lucinda is a qualified voice and singing coach, with a Masters (Distinction) in ‘Practice of Voice and Singing’ from GSA

Pedagogy | Seminarie 2

May the Ease be With You! – Taming Tensions and Performance Anxiety With the Feldenkrais Method (until 12.45)

For the singer, being “in the flow” is a heady sensation, one in which the voice seems to feel its most free and most inevitable. However, all too often, this elevation to the “flow state” is elusive or inaccessible, blocked and impeded by barriers which range from the psychological to the physical. One of the biggest culprits is “negative” physical tension. The Feldenkrais Method is one approach which can help the singer alleviate or even eradicate such negative tension, thereby enhancing performance ease.

Elizabeth L. Blades, DMA holds both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. She is the author of “A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American Voice Teachers Discuss the Teaching of Singing” and “The Feldenkrais Method and Voice” (with Dr, Samuel Nelson, CFP), Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. Dr. Blades is an active soprano experienced in opera, oratorio, music theater and folk/Celtic performance. Certified CoreSinging(TM) teacher. She is also founder/director of “VocalHealthWorks”, dedicated to rehabilitating and preserving vocal health.

Health | Movement room


Wiring the Classical Voice

Amplification is considered by some as masking the essential truth of the classical voice, whose beauty is based on the powering of the human voice with breath and resonance. What happens when the microphone steps in for the power of the classical singers’ body? A range of contemporary classical composers are incorporating the microphone and other sound technologies in their compositions for voice. Most twenty-first century operas have incorporated amplification. New (and not so new) aesthetics and techniques are emerging.

Karen Cummings is a lecturer in voice at the University of Wollongong in the Creative Arts Faculty. Her work is focused on the interaction between voice technology and the voice, and the possibilities they open for different kinds of vocal expression and relationships to the audience. It is also the focus of her PhD studies.

Vocal technique | Nathan Milsteinsalen

From the inside out: Breathing for pop and jazz singers

There has never been such a thing as ‘breathing technique for pop and jazz singers’. However, a versatile breathing technique plays a very important role in obtaining the vocal freedom that is necessary to express oneself in the vocal pop and jazz language. In this lecture-workshop we will actively explore the subject of breathing for singers and teaching breathing while style specific issues will be addressed.

Dutch Edison winner, jazz singer Ineke van Doorn is a highly respected authority as both a singer and a teacher. She released 11 CD’s, performs internationally and published a very well received book on singing called “Singing From The Inside Out: Exploring The Voice, The Singer And The Song’.

Vocal Technique | Lilla salen

Assessment tools for applied voice teachers

Any assessment for the voice studio must have the capability to deal with various complexities of an aesthetic art form, balancing the objective and subjective nature of singing.  This proposed presentation on Assessment Tools for Applied Voice Teachers will present a holistic approach to assessment, including student self-assessment, teacher formative assessment, and summative assessments.

Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone, is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. An active recitalist, having performed throughout North and Central America, he is also an acclaimed educator, receiving a UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015. He currently serves as President of the South Texas Chapter of NATS.

Corinne Ness is dean of arts and humanities at Carthage College. A performer in her own right, her students have gone on to careers in performance, teaching, and arts administration. Ness has presented her research on music theatre pedagogy across the United States, Canada and China.

Pedagogy | Seminarie 1

Narrative of a slave woman

Inspired by the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project of 1936, this performance is a presentation of concert arrangements of Negro Spirituals interwoven with spoken slave narratives in a new kind of lecture recital format. This is the journey of a single woman, born into slavery and living to tell her story, post Emancipation Proclamation.

LaToya Lain, soprano, serves on the faculty of Central Michigan University as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Chair of Music Theatre. She also enjoys an international performing career in opera and recitals.

Casey Robards serves the piano faculties of Central Michigan University and the Bay View Music Festival. She performs nationally and internationally as an accompanist and solo pianist.

Repertoire | Svarta lådan

12.45-14.15 Lunch Break

This is a preliminary programme and is subject to change.