Upcoming Voice Events
The annual meeting of the Swedish Voice Society, Röstfrämjandet, 16-17 April 2010, here at KTH.
4th Advanced Voice Function Assessment Workshop, AVFA4
York, UK, 19-20 May, 2010. Presented in cooperation with COST Action 2103.
5th International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, PAS 5, 10-13 August 2010, at KTH.
Symposium: Jan Gauffin in memoriam, 16 October 2008, at KTH TMH. The transactions of this symposium have now appeared as a special issue of Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 34 (4).
Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, 17-18 October 2008.
17 February, 2005: A STINT on Voice Research, a one-day voice workshop held in York, UK. Arranged by the University of York, KTH, the British Voice Association, and supported by STINT. Twelve papers on current voice research at York and KTH were presented to a UK audience of about fifty people. A CD with the presentations is available on request.
Voice Research Meeting in
Arranged in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the
Department of Speech Communication adn Voice Research, Tampere University.
The programme contained both invited and free presentations.
Invited speakers were Randy Hirokawa, Iowa USA, Aatto Sonninen, Erkki
Vilkman, Paavo Alku, Anne Maria Laukkanen, Johan Sundberg, and others.
Social activities included banquet and concert at Tampere Hus.
The symposium was jointly organised by
The KTH Voice Research Centre
Department of Speech Communication and Voice Research,
Center for Hearing and Communication Research, Karolinska
August 23-26, 2001
Details of all KTH Voice Research
Centre symposia are posted here.
To date, we have held 5 public symposia, all at KTH in Stockholm:
Biofeedback in Voice Therapy and Training,
Oct 23 & 24
Pop Singing, Nov 6 & 7
Sep 26 & 27
and Phonation, Sep 24 & 25
in our Society, May 8
To attend any of our symposia
you must reserve a place. Send an email with your full name, postal address, telephone/fax numbers, email address
and occupation, and we will put your name on our mailing list. You will
be sent details of the symposia by post as they are announced and you
can reserve a place. Details of our most recent symposia can be
VOICE IN OUR
Friday, May 8 -10 am to
Voice is one of the most important
means of communication in our society. A very large proportion of the
population is dependent upon a healthy voice for their daily work. In
Sweden in particular, the voice is important also because of the internationally
outstandings activity and quality of its solo and choir singers; indeed
almost 10% of the population are choir singers. The demands on the voice
and the need for medical voice care increases as we try to make ourselves
heard in an environment polluted by noise and stress.
The main aim of this symposium,
supported by the Swedish Voice Association Röstfrämjandet
and the Patricia Gramming
Memorial Foundation, was to expose, discuss and broadcast facts
elucidating the importance of the voice in our society. Most lectures
were in Swedish.
Vilkman, Finland, has studied the dependence
of the voice in different professions.
Verdolini, USA, is
an expert on environmental effects on the voice.
- Christian Ljunggren
is president of the Swedish Choir's Directors' Association.
- Sten Ternström,
KTH is renowned for his expertise in the acoustics of choral singing.
After the presentations, one of
Sweden's most excellent choirs, the KTH student choir Teknologkören
conducted by Helene Stureborg, gave a brief concert. Following this, there
was a panel discussion between the speakers complemented by the famous
choir professor Eric
Ericson, the former head of the Radio Theatre Stefan
Johansson and the phoniatrician
and director of Röstfrämjandet, Björn
Thursday and Friday, September
Voice practitioners pay much attention
to breathing behaviour as it considered a factor of decisive significance
in voice health and technique. Theory of voice production explains why
the air pressure in the lungs is important, but not why the the method
of generating this pressure is relevant. The area of breathing and phonation,
therefore, is a brilliant and striking example of an impressive gap between
theory and practice.
The aim of this symposium was
to give an overview of the current status of research to bring together
researchers in the area and thus to promote discussion and progress. Several
internationally-renowned researchers accepted our invitation to present.
In addition, three doctoral students
at the KTH Voice Research Centre presented their research in this area:
- speech pathologist, Jenny
- singing teacher, Monica
- engineer and oboist, Leonardo
Saturday and Sunday, September
Dedicated to the memory
of the phoniatrician, Patricia
In the past, children's voices
have been rather neglected in research. Lately, however, several studies
have appeared. For example, a recent Swedish investigation, showed that
24% of children's voices are perceived as hoarse. But it is not just pathological
voice, which is of concern to clinicians and scientists. Relatively little
is known about how children's voices function and about what the limits
of normal are both before and entering into adolescence.
For this symposium, we gathered
together important contributors from the field of child voice research,
Speakers from the KTH Voice Research
Topics discussed included hoarse
voice, young children's singing development, the trained voice, laryngoscopy,
sex differences in preadolescent children, developmental aspects of anatomy
and physiology and the acoustic measurement of children's voices.
a suggested contribution of
150:- SEK per participant towards the Patricia
Gramming Memorial Fund
was collected on the day raising nearly 8,000:- SEK for which we are extremely
Friday and Saturday, November
6-7 from 9 till 17 each day
One of the most common singing
styles today would be that used in the pop, country, jazz and rock repertoires.
Many singing experts predict that some or all of these ways of using the
voice are pathological or harmful. Thus, many questions emerge:
- What is true?
- How do professional representatives
of such singing styles use their voices?
- Do they use higher air pressure
in the lungs?
- Do they always use pressed
In this symposium, experts from
both Sweden and the USA spoke on topics ranging from clinical aspects
to resonance characteristics of this type of singing voice. Presentations
included lectures, workshops and a masterclass given by one of the world's
foremost voice coaches in the musical theatre and pop styles, Claudia
Other guests include Tom Cleveland
Stone from Nashville, USA, the Mecca of
country singing, the London-based voice teacher, Mark
Meylan, and the Swedish
rock singer and singing teacher, Daniel