What is World Voice Day?
Since the inception of World Voice Day in 2002, voice health professionals and other people passionate about the voice worldwide have joined together to educate and raise awareness about the importance of the human voice. This year’s World Voice Day theme, “Connect With Your Voice” reminds us that our voice is essential for any number of basic activities that might be done on a given day, such as speaking with family or colleagues or placing an order in a restaurant. By maintaining and practicing good vocal health, we can put our best voice forward whenever communicating with others.
“World Voice Day provides us with a perfect forum to educate our community about the importance of vocal health for everyone,” said Dr. Terri Gerlach, director of The Voice and Swallowing Center at CEENTA. “We often take for granted our ability to communicate and to speak with a clear, strong voice until there is a problem. We all need our voices to interact with family, friends and colleagues. Those who are ‘vocal athletes’ require their voices to a much greater degree in public speaking, teaching, singing, preaching or acting. These are only a few of the vocations in which one’s livelihood is solely dependent on a well-functioning vocal mechanism. The more we can spread the word about how to keep this mechanism healthy and how to address any problems early and appropriately, the better.”
What Did We Do in 2013?
For World Voice Day 2013, CEENTA and Carolina Voices partnered with Sensoria 2013 at Central Piedmont Community College. This week-long celebration of the arts lasted from April 12-20, and on Thursday, April 18 featured a variety of talks in celebration of World Voice Day. The event included talks for classical singers and karaoke rockstars, but you didn’t need to sing at all to benefit from these talks.
The Charlotte Arts video below includes some words about the event from Dr. S. Brett Heavner and Donna Hill, director of Carolina Voices (the World Voice Day segment starts at 13:11).