Sunday 8 March 2020
Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton
Hormones and the voice
– how singing is affected by hormonal changes throughout life
with Jenevora Williams
Hormones will affect the voice throughout the lifespan for both male and female voices. This day will be a look at how we are influenced by hormonal changes from adolescence, menses, pregnancy, menopause and ageing. This will include the question of gender identity in singers and managing the process of gender transition.
A unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of vocal function, gain new perspectives on your own practice and become a more effective teacher.
Timetable for the day
10.30am: Coffee and tea, provided
11am: Morning session
1pm: Lunch, delegates to bring their own lunch. Snacks, tea and coffee will be available for a small charge
2pm: Afternoon session
3.30pm: Masterclass with singers to show how hormonal issues can be managed
4.30pm: Plenary session
5pm: End of the day
Dr Jenevora Williams is a passionate pedagogue and a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the British Voice Association’s 2010 Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. As you would expect for someone who has always been interested in advanced training for young singers; her PhD research looked into the vocal health of intensively trained child singers.
She has taught elite musicians at the Yehudi Menuhin School; and was singing consultant and teacher-in-residence for the National Youth Choir for twenty years. She has taught singing at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, as well as young adults at the Guildford School of Acting and many universities. She has been the singing teacher for the choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as a consultant teacher for many other British cathedral foundations.
The venue is just 50 yards from Taunton’s multi-storey car park, in Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF. There are two other car parks nearby: one of them is behind Marks and Spencer’s which is very handy for lunch. Buses drop off just 120 yards away and there is a taxi rank about 300 yards away. If you are coming by car, just follow the A38 and when you get to some high rise building you will see the Paul Street turning and sign to car parks. Get directions from Google Maps.
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- AOTOS student member (join free of charge): £25
- Guest accompanied by a member: £40 each
- Non-member (or join now): £80
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- The Liza Hobbs bursary covers the fee for a Professional Development Day (not including travel and accommodation expenses) for a member who is experiencing difficulty in finding sufficient resources to cover the cost. The deadline for applications is a month before the Development Day.