Vocal Pedagogy Workshop

June 16-18, 2014
Featured Clinician: Scott McCoy

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 emphasis will be on understanding the acoustics of vocal production and the use of technology and biofeedback with Dr. Scott McCoy.

Daily sessions 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 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.

June 16
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 17
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 18
Acoustics and putting them into practice

     Dr. Scott McCoy, The Ohio State University and author of Your Voice: An Inside View
     Dr. McCoy's day-long session is generously underwritten by the National Association of Teachers of Singing St. Louis
.  Current members of the St. Louis chapter receive a $100 discount on registration.

Webster University Faculty


Guest Faculty

Scott McCoy, DMAScott McCoy, DMA, is Professor of Voice Science and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he serves as director of the Swank Voice Laboratory & Research Center, director of graduate programs in voice pedagogy, and director of OSU's pioneering interdisciplinary program in singing voice health. He is the author of more than twenty books, articles, and chapters, including Your Voice: An Inside View, a pedagogy textbook that is used by well over 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Deeply committed to education, McCoy is a founding faculty member in the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) professional development program, teaching classes in voice anatomy, physiology and acoustic analysis.

As a singer, McCoy has performed more than two dozen leading operatic roles and over 60 concert and oratorio solo roles with professional music organizations in the United States and abroad. In addition, he is a specialist in the song cycles of Schubert and Schumann, frequently concertizing with pianists Claude Cymerman and J.J. Penna.

A long-time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), McCoy served as President of the Association from 2008-10, and currently is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing for voice pedagogy. In 2003, he was elected to membership in the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Prior to joining the OSU faculty he was Professor of Voice and Director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory at Westminster College of the Arts. McCoy was named a University of Iowa Fellow in the fall of 2007.

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.