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, “Voice Matters!,” reminds us that by maintaining and practicing good vocal health, you can put your best voice forward when communicating with others.
Charlotte’s World Voice Day is presented each year by our Voice and Swallowing Center and Carolina Voices. This April, we will be celebrating the voice with two days of special events featuring educational sessions and vocal performances. Sessions will include physician-led presentations about maintaining good vocal health, complimentary vocal screenings and discussions targeted toward teachers, vocal professionals, singers, actors. All sessions are free and open to the public.
For 2014, we are once again partnering with Carolina Voices for two events, both of which are free and open to the public.
The first World Voice Day event will take place on Thursday, April 10 in conjunction with Central Piedmont Community College’s Sensoria festival. The day will be filled with a variety of talks from physicians and specialists from CEENTA’s Voice and Swallowing Department. In addition to the talks, there will be complimentary vocal screenings throughout the day. You can view the full schedule here.
The second event will take place at Myers Park Baptist Church’s Heaton Hall on Saturday, April 26. The day begins at 9:45 a.m., and includes a variety of talks as well as performances by the Carolina Voices’ Festival Singers, Opera Carolina and the St. Peter’s Boys & Girls Choirs. You can view the day’s schedule here. If you wish to attend the Saturday, April 26 event, we ask that you RSVP through the Carolina Voices website. Pre-registered attendees will receive a World Voice Day information package, special take-away gifts and door prizes.
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 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).