World Voice Day began in 2002 in Brazil as a way of calling attention to hoarseness as an early symptom of laryngeal cancer. Since that humble beginning, it has spread and is now celebrated in more than 120 different countries. On April 14th at the Maxwell Theater, Augusta University celebrated this year’s World Voice Day. This year’s event was coordinated by Ms. Tonya Currier, Director of the Augusta University Opera Program. There were a number of short singing performances and lectures given. Lauren Enloe, the Senior Voice/Speech-Language Pathologist at the Medical College of Georgia gave a talk on “The Who, What, When, and Why” of speech therapy and voice teaching.
In addition, there was a fascinating talk on nutrition-fuel for the athletic voice by Pam Brisky. Dr. Postma then gave the keynote lecture on “The Professional Voice”. The finale was a live laryngoscopy of Ms. Jovania Colman performing Alone and Yet Alive from THE MIKADO written by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Overall this was a wonderful time together highlighting the importance of the voice in both our social and professional lives and helping our voice students and lay people to understand various voice-related symptoms and the various problems that can cause them. We look forward to seeing some of you there next year!