​​​Friday, May 12, 2023

8:00 Registration

8:30-8:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks (
Albert Merati, MD, Kari Ragan, DMA and Andrew Lee, MS, CCC-SLP)

8:45-9:15 Videostroboscopy 101 (
Neel Bhatt, MD)

9:15-9:45 What the Fach: The Language of Musicians (
Nick Klein, DMA)

9:45-10:45 Finding Your Voice: An Exploration of Pharyngeal Shapes (
Kerrie Obert, MA., CCC-SLP)

10:45-11:15 BREAK

11:15-11:30 The Role of the Vocal Ligament in Changes in Pitch Range (
Lynn Maxfield, PhD)

11:30-11:45 A Discussion of Hirsch’s Acoustic Assumptions resonance approach in Gender Affirming Voice Training and a Move Towards Evidence-based support  (
Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP)

11:45-12:00 Are we there yet: Laryngology Education Past, Present, and Future (
Albert Merati, MD)

12:00-12:15 Q&A with Podium Presenters

12:15-1:30 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30-2:00 Black American Music Voice Pedagogy: What Teachers/Clinicians Should Know (
Trineice Robinson-Martin, EdD)

2:00-3:00 How Birds Learn to Sing and What We Learn from Studying this Process (
David J. Perkel, PhD)

3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-3:45 Reframing our Ideas Around Tension-Practical Application in Clinic and Studio (
Kerrie Obert, MA, SLP-CCC)

3:45--4:45 Useful Lies: Pseudoscience in the Voice Studio and Clinic: Panel Discussion (
Kari Ragan, DMA, Kerrie Obert, MA., CCC-SLP, Lynn Maxfield, PhD, Nick Klein, DMA,Sarah Maines, DMA, Andrew Lee, MS, CCC-SLP)

Saturday, May 13, 2023

8:00 Registration

8:20-8:30 Welcome

8:30-9:30 The State of Affairs of Gender Voice Care

               8:30-8:45 Surgical approaches to voice pitch modification (
James P. Thomas, MD)

               8:45-9:00 Hirsch’s Acoustic Assumptions: Fine-Tuning Resonance Instrument by Instrument in Gender Affirming                 Voice Training (
Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP)

               9:00-9:15 Applied Voice Teaching for Transfeminine Singers (
Emerald Lessley, DMA)

                9:15-9:30 Q&A

9:30-10:30 Postcards from the Fringe: Interesting Clinical Cases: Panel Discussion (
Al Merati, MD, Craig Villari, MD, David Johnson, MD, James Thomas, MD, J.P. Giliberto, MD)

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Strategies to address vibrato and vocal tremor in the clinic and studio settings (
Kerrie Obert, MA, SLP-CCC)

11:30-11:45 Performance Psychology for Vocal Performers (Julia Thornton, MS, BA)

11:45-12:00 Teaching the Whole Singer: An Examination of Methods Used to Address Student Wellness in the Collegiate Voice Studio (
Darrell J. Jordan, DMA & Melissa Baughman, PhD)

12:00-12:15 Authenticity Issues in Voice Therapy: Case Studies of Actors Onstage and Off Voice (
Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS, CCC-SLP)

12:15-12:30 Desire-based Warm-ups (making "stage fright" extinct) (
Cathy Madden, MA)

12:30-1:45 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:45-2:30 SOVTs: A Systematic Approach to Effective Selection (
Kari Ragan, DMA and Lynn Maxfield, PhD)

2:30-3:00 Potpourri Q/A moderated by
Al Merati, MD and Kari Ragan, DMA

3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-4:45 Masterclass with
Trineice Robinson, EdD

4:45 Wrap up: What Did We learn the Past Two Days? (
Al Merati, MD, Kerrie Obert, MA., CCC-SLP and Trineice Robinson, EdD)

We are excited to host you for a fantastic weekend of learning that blends art and science of the voice.

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Northwest Voice: The Art and Science of the Performing Voice Conference was deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Dr. Sid Khosla December 13, 2022. To honor Dr. Khosla, we are choosing to leave his picture and information on the website.
In Memoriam: Dr. Sid Khosla

2023 Program

Please click on the presenters names for descriptions of their sessions and biographical information.​​

Sid Khosla, MD