I’m off to Washington D.C tomorrow for the 2012 Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference, entitled A Voice for Good, and I’m really excited. This is a conference theme that I’ve wanted the association to do for many years—so much of the work that voice trainers do, and have the potential to do, can really change lives.
Many of the presenters are very inspiring to me, so I’m excited for that reason. But there’s also the fact that I’m involved with 4 panels! I’m chairing a panel/workshop on Asian Accents on Wednesday with Erik Singer, Marina Tyndall, Jane Guyer Fujita and Steven Eng; I’m doing a presentation on Japanese, which should be easy because I just did a show featuring that accent, Arigato, Tokyo, by Daniel MacIvor at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Then I’m participating in Amy Stoller’s panel on Accent Stereotypes with such luminaries as DialectDoug.com’s Douglas N. Honorof, he of the famous Comma Gets a Cure diagnostic passage, Adrianne Moore from Utah State University, and Kim James Bey from Howard University. Hopefully I will not sound like an idiot compared to my esteemed colleagues on that one!
Then I’m representing my Graduate Program in the brown bag lunch panel on MFA programs in voice training, where David Smukler and I will plug our Voice Teacher Diploma programs up at York. We’re flying down together tomorrow morning, and we’re sitting next to each other, so we’ll get to chat about the whole thing over roasted peanuts. And we have a command performance of the Tech Panel with myself and Michael Barnes for the umpteenth time (regrettably, Phil Thompson is away this year). I think I will plug things I do with my iPad.
I’m also gotten myself involved with the Teaching Philosophy Statement support group, as I do a fair bit of review of these things with my Voice Diploma students. And I’ve been invited to a luncheon with former board members on Wednesday; I look forward to catching up with old friends and looking ahead to what lies on the horizon for the organization.
I’m very excited about lots of talks, like the Uof A’s David Ley’s talk on using personal vibrators (yes, that kind) to elicit vibrations in the larynx of people with dysphonia. Unfortunately that’s opposite the talk about the Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) that I really want to go to. I really am looking forward to singing 20th Century Political songs with Joanna Cazden on Monday evening and international songs (with easy harmony) with Judith Shahn and Claudia Anderson on Wednesday night.
So, if I don’t manage a post on Thursday for the Voiceguy, you’ll understand why! I’ll be exhausted!