September 13, 2018

Lurie Hospital is one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to have a Gender Development Clinic.  The program started 5 years ago under the leadership of Dr Rob Garofalo (featured in this Frontline episode, Growing Up Trans) (it's only an hour long-- you sho...

September 6, 2018

There are two kinds of people for whom their voice is their career.  There are professional voice users, like teachers, telephone operators, and public speakers.  And then there are elite voice users, like singers; people for whom a reduction in voice quality can alter...

August 31, 2018

The Glottis.  It’s actually the name of the space between the vocal folds; it’s almost more of a placeholder, like the number 0.  Take a deep breath and hold it. You feel that? You’re closing your glottis to do that, bringing your vocal folds together in order to hold...

August 24, 2018

When you’re experiencing pain, what’s the first thing you do?  Pop a few Advil? The practice is intuitive and many of us do it without thinking.  In fact, 78% of you report taking some form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (translation, acetaminophen or...

August 15, 2018

When I was performing consistently, I felt like the theatre finding out I was have voice problems was the end of the world.  I remember hearing whispers of how you won’t get hired again if They find out because They want singers who can sing strong 8 shows a week; once...

August 10, 2018

A recent study on singers demonstrated that a diagnosis of a voice disorder can lead to depression and anxiety.  One third of the singers in this study became depressed and anxious because of the damage done to their voices and the resulting threat to their livelihoods...

August 1, 2018

Gender affirmation is more than your Hz.  While it’s general knowledge that cisgender men usually speak at an average pitch of around 125 Hz, cisgender women at 220, and 150-185 Hz is a gender neutral range, there’s other homework you can do before you meet with your s...

July 27, 2018

Everyone says to avoid caffeine.  Voice teachers, voice therapists, music teachers… when studies are done on hydration, participants are instructed to eliminate caffeine from their diets so it doesn’t impact the study results.  And yet. Studies on whether or not caffei...

July 18, 2018

I am allergic to trees, grass, and dust.  Or as my friend Michelle says, "the outside and the inside."

These allergies were identified later in my performing career [thanks to Vivian Chou at Illinois Asthma and Allergy!] and they explained so much.  Every time I had wor...

July 11, 2018

One of the biggest findings of my thesis on the Dysphonia Treatment Seeking and Hygiene Practices of Professional Singers was that singers with a history of voice disorder based most of their hygiene and treatment practices off the advice of a medical professional whil...

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