World Voice Day 2019

World Voice Day is an annual celebration of the voice that began in Brazil in 1999. Since then, it has grown to over 636 events worldwide in 2017. This year, we are excited to announce that the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baylor University is sponsoring a World Voice Day event at Baylor University. This event is set to be one of the largest and the most multi-disciplinary World Voice Day event in the world! Please join us!

World Voice Day 2019 

When: April 17, 2019

Where: 2nd floor SUB 

Parking: Information can be found here

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Schedule of Events

Presentations and Performances: 10 AM – 5 PM (Barfield Drawing Room)

  • 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM: A Mechanical Horse Riding Simulator with Application to Speech Therapy, Drs. Brian Garner, Kathy Whipple, and Paul Fillmore
  • 10:45 AM - 11:25 AM: Understanding the Female Adolescent Voice, Lynne Gackle, Ph.D.
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Concert Choir Performance under the direction of Dr. Stephen Gusukuma
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Common Vocal Pathologies: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, A panel discussion with Dr. Bradford W. Holland, MD FACS,  Randall Umstead, DMA,  Mr. Jeremy Hathway, BM, MS, CCC-SLP, and J. David Garrett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Moderator)
  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: Keynote address: The History of Science in the Teaching of Classical Voice, Randall Umstead, DMA
  • 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: Medical Approach to Keeping the Voice Healthy, Dr. Bradford W. Holland, MD FACS
  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM: A Crash Course in How You Produce Voice, Brittany Perrine, Ph.D.
  • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM: Celebration of the Voice- Singing in Various Styles, a concert organized by Lauren Weber, MFA, MM
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM: If You Can Talk, Can You Sing?, Lauren Weber, MFA, MM (presented by Lexie Rains, Senior BFA Theatre Major)

Free Voice Screenings: 1 PM – 3 PM (White Room)

A voice screening is one way to find out if your voice is or is not healthy. During a voice screening a graduate student clinician who is studying to be a speech-language pathologist will ask you to fill out some forms about how you take care of your voice and how you feel about your voice. The graduate student clinician, under the supervision of the licensed speech-language pathologist, will then ask you to make some sounds, read some sentences, and read a passage out loud. The graduate student clinician will rate how your voice sounds. If the ratings indicate a possible voice problem, the graduate student clinician and speech-language pathologist will provide you with a list of laryngologists (a specialized type of Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, ENT, who specializes in problems of the voice). The laryngologist can discuss your voice with you further.

World Voice Day Fair: 9 AM – 5 PM  (Baines and Fentress Rooms)

Come see booths from the following groups:

  • Waco Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Baylor CSD Graduate Programs
  • National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Vocal Health Information
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Student American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • NSSLHA See Your Voice Demonstration
  • Chariot Innovations-Inventing to Promote Health and Excellence
  • Hillcrest ENT
  • Baylor University Institute for Oral History

For more information, please contact Brittany Perrine (