Vocal Pedagogy Workshop





June 22–24, 2015
Featured Clinician: Stephen Austin

Exploration of vocal health for music educators and their students. Application of healthy techniques for the classroom, studio, and choral rehearsal based on research into the structure, function and care of the vocal instrument. Special headliner is Dr. Stephen Austin of the University of North Texas.

Daily sessions 9 am–noon; 2 pm–5 pm
Each session will involve active participation of each registrant.  Download the detailed schedule.
All events are in Sunnen Lounge, a large meeting room in the University Center immediately south of Emerson Library.

Online registration will be available by mid-April.

June 22
The Larynx, from the Inside Out - An in-depth study of the structure of the larynx and methods for maintaining a healthy approach to speaking and singing through diction practices and vocal exercises.
     Dr. James Hartman, M.D., Otolaryngology,
     Alice Montgomery, Speech Pathologist
     Martha J. Hart, Webster University Voice Faculty
     Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Webster University Department of Music Chair and Voice Faculty
     Carole Gaspar, Webster University Voice Area Head

June 23
Your Body is your Instrument – An introduction to and application of the Alexander Technique for singing, plus practical application of movement in a rehearsal setting, and techniques for working with the Jazz Vocalist.
     Dawn Karlovsky, Alexander Specialist
     Dr. Trent Patterson, Webster University Faculty
     Debby Lennon, Adjunct Professor, Webster University

June 24

Webster University Faculty


Guest Faculty

Dr. Stephen AustinDr. Stephen F. Austin is Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the College of Music, University of North Texas and serves as chair of the Division of Vocal Studies. Dr. Austin is recognized as one of the leading experts in vocal pedagogy in the country and around the world. He received a masters degree in vocal performance from UNT and then earned the Ph.D. in Voice Science from the University of Iowa under the direction of the renowned voice scientist, Dr. Ingo Titze. Dr. Austin's scientific research has focused on measurement and analysis of the acoustics and physiology of the singing voice. He has published his research in The Journal of Voice. His extensive pedagogical writings have appeared in Australian VoiceClassical Singer, The Choral Journal and The Journal of Singing. He has been a featured guest at national and international conferences including The National Association of Teachers of SingingMusic Teachers National AssociationThe Voice FoundationPan European Voice Conference, and the International Conference on Physiology and Acoustics of Singing. He has presented lectures and master classes throughout the United States, England, Australia and Europe. Dr. Austin is creator and primary contributor of the popular column 'Provenance' which appears in every issue of The Journal of Singing where he explores the historical development of pedagogical thought and practice.

Dr. James Hartman, M.D.Dr. James Hartman, M.D., F.A.C.S. graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School and then went on to complete his internship and residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

In 1994, Dr. Hartman joined the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis, where he served as Assistant/Associate Professor until 2005. He has served as a reviewer of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Coursemaster for 2nd year medical students at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a member of such professional organizations as the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Rhinological Association.

Dr. Hartman has extensive experience treating singers and other performers, and has a special understanding of the challenges of the “athletic voice user”. He is currently Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center for Sound Health Services in St. Louis, Mo.

Dawn Karlovsky is a prolific choreographer whose thought provoking, athletic, and emotionally candid dances have been commissioned and presented by universities, modern dance companies and theatre companies both regionally and nationally. She is a consortium artist with ANNONYArts and artistic director of her pick-up company, Dawn Karlovsky & Dancers, whose productions include collaborations with musicians, visual artists, and other choreographers.  Dawn's recent work focuses on developing dance for the camera. Her video, Closer, created in collaboration with choreographer, Megan Nicely, was presented at the American College Dance Festival – ScreenDance Festival in March 2011. Dawn's choreography has been commissioned and presented by Webster University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Utah, American College Dance Festival Faculty Concert (ACDFA), Dance St. Louis, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), Christopher Watson Dance Co. (Minneapolis), Ressl Dance!, and others.  Ms. Karlovsky's choreography has been twice featured in Dance St. Louis' Spring to Dance Festival held at the Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. Her solo piece, Finding Space, was presented in 2010, and a trio work, In…Into…One, was recently performed in May 2011. 

Dawn came to St. Louis after dancing and touring with companies in San Francisco, Louisville, and Chicago.  She holds an MFA from the University of Utah and a BA degree with honors from Northern Illinois University and teaches modern dance and somatic studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University and is also dance faculty at COCA. Dawn is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.