Welcome to UNT Texas Center for Performing Arts Health
8:00AM — Intersection of Medicine and the Performing Arts
A discussion of the history, unique medical conditions encountered by musicians, and possible roles for musical artists can play in the field.
9:30 AM — Laryngeal Form and Function: Vocalist to ENT
A discussion of journey from Vocal Performance to Medicine; an ENT perspective in the approach of care and treatment of the voice; and insights of laryngeal anatomy in vocal technique.
Dr. Stephen F. Austin, Professor of Voice and collaborator with the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, has recently released Provenance: Historic Voice Pedagogy Viewed through a Contemporary Lens. This book is an anthology of articles originally written for the Journal of Singing over the course of eleven years. Provenance connects historic vocal pedagogical writings with the wisdom of today, often using facsimile and translation of original sources to remind singers and voice teachers alike of the wealth of knowledge already in existence. Dr. Austin’s background in voice science leads to enlightening commentary, expanding our understanding of the ‘Old Masters’ such as Manuel Garcia, Lamperti, Bassini, Stockhausen and others. Dr. Scott McCoy of Ohio State University praises the new volume, saying, “Each new generation of singing teachers seems to think it must ‘reinvent the wheel’: Austin clearly proves that there is an alternate, more effective path to vocal excellence.” Provenance is published by Inside View Press, and may be purchased at www.insideviewpress.com . Stay tuned for information regarding a second volume of work designed as a companion book, in which Dr. Austin uses his clear, distinct approach to teaching voice in a step-by-step historically based vocal method.
She was hardly a stranger to pain. Over her career she has endured a torn Achilles tendon, a pulled hamstring and bursitis. Like most dancers, she pirouettes through the pain.
two feet pointed in a ballerina pirouette, the left is in a slipper the right has several bandaids
“I wake up every morning and wonder if the pain is going to affect my performance, or worse, is it going to affect the length of my career,” she said. “But pain is just part of the world I live in, and each injury becomes part of my journey.”