World Voice Day at Ohio State


Saturday, April 16, 2022

8:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

You may also join this event via livestream.

The Voice area in the Ohio State School of Music cordially invites you to join us for World Voice Day which will be celebrated internationally on April 16, 2022.

Established in 2005, the Singing Health Specialization (SHS) at Ohio State, led by Dr. Karen Peeler and Speech and Language Pathologist Kerrie Obert, reflected a new commitment to embrace collaboration by merging Voice, Speech and Hearing, and Otolaryngology. The current program continues to push the progress of voice research and application through its expanding faculty and the research conducted by students pursuing the specialization.

Join us for this event which will highlight the foundations and the future of the SHS. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Brian Gill of Indiana University as our keynote speaker, in addition to student and expert research presentations, breakout sessions focused on performance medical intervention, a recital and a reception. 

Notably, this year's event will also honor the incredible efforts and work of Professor Emerita Helen Swank, one of the founders of the Singing Health Specialization.

Learn more about our Guest Speakers.

View the digital Concert program

This event is FREE. Registration is required. 

DEADLINE — Wednesday, April 13



All events held in Hughes Hall Auditorium will also be available via livestream.

8:30-9 a.m. — Check-in (Hughes Hall Auditorium)

9 a.m. — Program begins (Hughes Hall Auditorium)

9:15-9:45 — Keynote speaker — Dr. Brian Gill, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

9:50-11:10 — Student and alumni presentations

  • Shelby Martell — "Velopharyngeal Timing in Classical Singers"
  • Robbie Davidson — "Vocal Cool-Down Exercises: Are they Beneficial for the Professional Voice User?"
  • Amber Blaylock — "Exploring Lax Vox as a Component of Gender-Affirming Voice Therapy for Singers and Speakers"
  • Karen Perta — "Motor learning on Velar control"
  • Alexandria Schmidt — "Alumni Perceptions of Music Theater Curriculum Integration within Voice Programs at Ohio Public Universities"

10:40 — Clinical presentation

  • Michelle Toth — "What Are Your Vocal Cords Saying?"

11 a.m. — Rachael Gates, "The Owner's Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice Users"

11-11:30 a.m. — Breakout sessions

  • With Kerrie Obert and Michelle Toth (Hughes Auditorium)
  • With Diane McCullough, Alexander Technique (Hughes Hall, room 109)

11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Honoring Helen Swank — Karen Peeler, emeritus faculty, speaker

12:30-1 p.m. — Concert

  • Women's Glee Club, directed by Jordan Saul; Ariel Alvarado and Ruth Peart, soloists
  • Lara Semetko-Brooks, soprano; Robert Brooks, saxophone; Ed Bak, piano
  • Sadiyah Babatunde, soprano; Janus Quartet — Devin Copfer, violin; Kelsey Shaheen, violin; Nancy Nehring, viola; Mark Rudoff, cello
  • Zing-a-Mama Barbershop Quartet — Matthew Burns, Nick Denino, Seiji Kawakami, Indigo London
  • Dana Carlson-Kottke, soprano; Brittany White, horn; Nancy Nehring, piano

View the digital Concert program

1 p.m. — Reception (Hughes Hall Auditorium)

Directions, Parking and Accommodations


For more information about World Voice Day, email Professor Katherine Rohrer, area head of voice.