Ruchi Kapila (she/her, they/them) Is a Punjabi-American, Bay Area-based speech-language pathologist, vocologist, presenter, and soprano with experience in acute care and acute rehabilitation hospital-based speech therapy. Ms. Kapila currently provides singing- and speech-based gender affirmative voice services privately and is licensed in California and Texas. They completed their Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Cal State University - East Bay in Hayward, CA. They are co-creator/co-host of the podcast The Hyndsyte Project, an interview series focusing on the experiences of Black and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming activists and artists. Ms. Kapila also serves as social media coordinator, EDI committee member, and board member for Festival Opera in Walnut Creek. 

Financial Disclosure: Ms. Kapila is receiving an honorarium for presenting. She has no other financial relationships to disclose. 

Non-Financial Disclosure: ​Ms. Kapila is a contributing member of the Trans Voice Initiative. Ms. Kapila is the co-creator and co-host of the Hyndsyte Project Podcast. Ms. Kapila is a board member, Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee member, and social media coordinator for Festival Opera. 

Breakout Session - Creative Interventions for Registration Challenges in Transmasculine Singers

Transmasculine singers and other Trans and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) people taking testosterone may experience unique challenges navigating registration during hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This session aims to explore techniques for voice and respiratory considerations to ease and improve vocal registration navigation.