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Choice for Voice 2020: Crossing boundaries in voice

Accent Method 2019 course poster4–6 September 2020
Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD

The British Voice Association are pleased to announce ‘Choice For Voice 2020’, our first 3-day voice conference in 10 years. The conference will take place at Leeds College of Music, between 4 - 6 of September 2020. The theme of the conference is to be ‘Crossing Boundaries in Voice’, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches to health, performance, and research. The program will consist of workshops, papers, roundtables and poster sessions.


Key areas for discussion include: physical and mental wellbeing for voice users, voice and the workplace, and crossing genre boundaries in pedagogy and performance. However, abstracts are invited on all topics relating to the field of voice. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Analysis: Perceptual, Acoustic or Aerodynamic
  • Ageing and Voice
  • Complementary medicine
  • Extreme voice use
  • High speed imaging, stroboscopy, and kymography
  • In office surgery, phonosurgery, lasers and augmentation
  • Irritants and Voice: Allergy and Reflux update
  • Mental Wellbeing, psychological issues, personality and coping 
  • Musculoskeletal issues, physical therapy, osteopathy
  • Neurology update and functional MRI
  • Pedagogy: Choral, singing, speaking
  • Physical Wellbeing: Nutrition, diet, exercise
  • Public speaking
  • Quality of life assessments and voice
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Singing and the injured voice or neurologic disorder
  • Speech therapy and voice therapy and the injured voice
  • Transgender voice
  • Workplace issues: Occupational voice and teaching

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Call for papers

We are now inviting submissions for papers, workshops and posters for ‘Choice for Voice 2020’. Information and advice on how submit your abstract, as well as a submission form are available for download below. If you experience any issues or have any questions please let us know at administration@choiceforvoice.org.uk.

  • The conference language is English.
  • Free papers should be no longer than 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions and comments. Please note that a presentation should not be read from text. 
  • Workshops should last no longer than 45 minutes, and may be repeated to increase the potential number of delegates able to participate.

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Closing date for submissions: 31st January 2020
All submissions will be reviewed by a team of multidisciplinary professionals. The outcome will be communicated to you by Friday 28 February 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!


About Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is the largest specialist music conservatoire in the UK, delivering expert music and performing arts education to a community of over 1500 students. Its broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for young musicians.

Situated in Leeds' cultural quarter, LCoM is artistically ambitious, quality driven and industry-focused, placing strong emphasis on developing industry relevant, creative musicians and entrepreneurs.  We offer undergraduate music degrees in Popular Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Music Production, Music Business, Film Music, Songwriting and Folk; performing arts degrees in Musical Theatre, Acting and Actor Musician, and foundation degrees in Music Production and Electronic Music Production.

LCoM prides itself on making music education accessible to all. In 2017/18, almost 50% of students were supported with bursaries during their studies, awarded to those from lower income households and further selected based on academic and musical ability.

The conservatoire also hosts a year-round schedule of events and performances, covering a broad variety of musical genres. Our annual festival, Sounds Like THIS, presents an ambitious programme of cutting-edge and ground-breaking music, taking place across the city of Leeds each year.


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