Midwest Voice Conference in Chicago, August 9, 2008

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Chicago bound this summer?

If you use your voice to earn a living, you know that there is nothing more important than taking proper care of your voice, and prevention is second to none when it comes to preserving your instrument.

In a few short weeks, there will be an informative, enlightening and practical conference geared toward voice professionals called the Midwest Voice Conference, an interactive conference held in Chicago, IL for the second year running.

The Midwest Voice Conference will be a one-day workshop discussing the effects of common disorders, such as obesity, reflux disease, neurological diseases, and allergies on the voice.

One of the only educational experiences available over the summer months pertaining directly to the use and care of the human voice, the Midwest Voice Conference is of special interest to voice actors, actors, singers, teachers, radio personalities, broadcasters, lawyers, public speakers and anyone who uses their voice on a regular basis to communicate vital messages to other people, teaching them about the mechanics of their voice, how it relates to other aspects of their work and instruction on making the most effective use of their instrument with an emphasis on vocal health.

Participants will hear world renowned faculty explain:

๏ How the Voice Works
๏ Diagnosis of Voice Disorders
๏ Tools to Protect Your Voice
๏ Common Medical Conditions Affecting the Voice
– Reflux Disease/ GERD
– Allergies & Sinus Disease
– Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS & Spasmodic Dysphonia
– Obesity
๏ Hands-on Workshops and Demonstrations

Speakers include:

๏ H. Steven Sims, MD
๏ Stephanie Joe, MD
๏ Carlos Galvani, MD
๏ Jay Goldstein, MD
๏ Karen Wicklund, DM, MHS, CF-SLP
๏ Arlene Barr, MD
๏ Lyndia Johnson
๏ Randy Buescher

The objectives of the conference are:

Principles of Speaking Voice Restorative Therapy

๏ Learn basic principals of abdominal breathing to support voice production
๏ Understand the role of head resonance in amplifying voice and reducing the work of speaking
๏ Learn about the role of voice/ rest/conservation of the voice/general voice care: vocal hygiene guidelines

Common Medical Diagnoses that affect the Voice: Allergies, Post-Nasal Drip, LPR, Hormone Related, Colds

๏ Learn about how allergies create drainage that irritates the vocal folds
๏ Learn how acid reflux is more than heartburn and can harm the vocal folds
๏ Learn about how estrogen, progesterone and testosterone affect the voice and how disorders with the hormones produce voice changes
๏ Learn how to support your immune system and fight a cold

Teachers who attend the Midwest Voice Conference will receive 7 CPDU’s for attending this world-class event.

Conference Info:

Saturday August 9, 2008
8am – 4pm
UIC College of Medicine
Research Building
@ Moss Auditorium
909 S. Wolcott St.
Chicago, IL 60612

The fee to attend is $35.

To register or for more information contact Colleen at ckenost@uic.edu or visit MidwestVoiceConference.com

Source: VOX Daily

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