Pre-Conference Workshop

The Aging Voice

Friday, July 8 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Presenters: Peggy Baroody, Michael Johns, Aaron Johnson, Amy Nabors and Brenda Smith
Introduced by: Karen Brunssen
Location: Chicago Ballroom E-H – 5th Floor

This all-star panel of experts on the aging voice will help you with your own aging voice and your teaching of those who want to remain active singers in solo or choral settings as they age. You will leave with practical and applicable knowledge for your setting as well as hear about the latest research available on the aging voice


About Peggy Baroody

Margaret_Baroody_NEW.JPGMargaret Baroody is a singing voice specialist in the voice medicine practice of Drs. Robert T. Sataloff, Karen Lyons, Amanda Hu and Robert Wolfson in Philadelphia. Widely recognized for her work with injured voices, Ms. Baroody is also a highly respected singing teacher who maintains a busy private studio. Ms. Baroody has written frequently on the subject of singing, particularly with regard to the injured voice and vocal health. She is the author of over 25 published articles on voice. She is also a contributing author to numerous articles and books including Vocal Health and Pedagogy, Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care and others. Ms. Baroody has demonstrated her commitment to the vocal health and training of the professional voice community with the presentation of numerous in-service programs. She is also a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and Canada on the subject of voice and vocal heath. Baroody is a professional mezzo-soprano with extensive performance experience in opera, oratorio and recital. She received her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., her master of music from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and she was a four-year scholarship student at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.


About Michael Johns

M_Johns-NEW.jpgDr. Michael Johns, MD is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan and trained as a research fellow through a National Institute of Health program.   He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Johns was awarded the highest honors during his academic career, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.   He is the director of the Emory Voice Center at Emory University, and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine pursing research, teaching and clinical care, with a specific interest in geriatric laryngology and the aging voice.

About Aaron Johnson 

AJohnson-NEW.jpgAaron M. Johnson, MM, PhD, CCC-SLP, is devoted to the study, training, and health of the human voice. Drawing on his multidisciplinary training and experience as a researcher, educator, clinician, and performer, his mission is to be a bridge between the many different professionals that train, study, and perform using the human voice. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he uses translational and clinical research methods to investigate the effects of voice use and vocal training on laryngeal neuromuscular mechanisms in the aging larynx. Prior to becoming a researcher, Aaron sang professionally for over a decade in the Chicago area as a soloist and chorister with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago a cappella. He has taught private singing lessons for twenty years and is the former president of Chicago Chapter NATS and the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild. 

About Amy Nabors

nabors-NEW.jpgAmy P. Nabors, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a singing voice qualified clinician who recently spent fifteen months working at Bastian Voice Institute in the Chicago area. There she evaluated and treated patients with voice disorders, including singers and other voice professionals, and patients with neurological, degenerative, and functional voice disorders. She also served as BVI’s Continuing Education Administrator. Amy completed her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Memphis with a focus on voice disorders. Although Amy is originally from New Jersey, she returned back "home" to Memphis, TN this fall 2015 to be near family. She currently serves as a speech/voice pathologist at The Clinic for Voice, Speech and Swallowing at Otolaryngology Associates of the Mid-South. In addition to her academic and clinical training, Amy has a rich background in vocal performance. She earned a BA in Theatre and Speech from Wagner College in New York City, where she was trained as a singer in both classical and musical theatre genres. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, Amy worked as a professional musical theatre performer in various venues across the United States. 

About Brenda Smith

Brenda_Smith-LATEST_photo_copy.jpgBrenda Smith is associate professor of music at the University of Florida where she teaches voice, diction and voice pedagogy. A recipient of the Van Lawrence Award in recognition of her achievements in voice science and pedagogy, she is a frequent clinician on vocal health and voice science in the Unites States and Europe. With Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, MD, Dr. Smith is the author of Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer (2012) and Choral Pedagogy, 3rd ed., Plural (2013). Both unite vocal pedagogy, choral conducting with voice science. Dr. Smith is the author of Cantare et Sonare: A Handbook of Choral Performance Practice, Hinshaw (2006). She is active in the Voice Foundation, where she gave the G. Paul Moore lecture in 2015. Dr. Smith serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Voice and as a Consulting Editor for Singing Voice at Plural Publishing. Dr. Smith holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Maryland.


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