Vocal Pedagogy Workshop | Webster University

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.  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.

Full Vocal Pedagogy Workshop Schedule

June 22

Your Body is Your Instrument - Exploration of the Alexander Technique and creative exercises for healthy, vibrant singing.
    Dawn Karlovsky, Alexander Specialist 
    Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Webster University Department Chair and Voice Faculty
    Martha J. Hart, Webster University Voice Faculty 

June 23
Healthy Voice Use - More Alexander Technique and healthy techniques for speaking, commercial voice use, and choral singing.
    Alice Montgomery, Christine McDermott, Sound Health Services
    Rosemarie Cereghino, Webster University Adjunct Voice Faculty
    Dr. Trent Patterson, Webster University Director of Choral Studies and Music Education    

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.


Dawn KarlovskyDawn 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.