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Upcoming Events

Microphone Techniques Workshop 2015

On Saturday, November 14 , 2015 The Canadian Voice Care Foundation is organizing a Microphone Techniques Workshop entitled “Power Your Voice”. This workshop taught attendees how the microphone can empower the voice, strengthen a presentation, and how new technologies support performances.

Targeted at professional speakers, singers of musical theatre, pop, jazz, classical, country and crossover, the workshop will be held at the Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre. Johnny Summers, Michelle Todd, Donna Kay and Jack Jamieson will provide insightful lessons and hands-on practice regarding microphone techniques to attentive and enthusiastic attendees.

Microphone Techniques

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Past Events

International Master Teacher Neil Semer

Neil Sem

Saturday, March 15th and Sunday,
March 16th, 2014

A two day workshop for both Classical and Musical Theatre singers featuring morning body awareness sessions (alignment, breathing, space, articulation), lunch each day, and afternoon masterclass sessions with an internationally renowned vocal coach!

The sessions will be held in the acoustically superb Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary and culminate each day with a presentation by the masterclass participants of the day.

Registration Form

Masterclass Participants:

  • Fee: $250
  • Limited to 16 spots
  • 18 years or older
  • Morning body awareness session each day
  • 1/2 hour one-on-one time with Neil Semer
  • Presentation at the end of each day
  • Piano accompanist provided
  • Lunches included

Masterclass Participants
Deadline to apply: February 14, 2014.
Applicants will be notified by February 20, 2014

Auditors (Observers):

  • Fee: $125
  • Morning body awareness session each day
  • Auditing two full days of Masterclass workshops
    and end of day presentations • Lunches included

Auditors register ASAP – no later than February 20, 2014.

About Neil Semer

Neil Semer is a master teacher of voice and gives workshops internationally on the subject of vocal technique and performance. His main voice studio is in New York. He teaches regularly also in Toronto, London, Paris, Basel, and throughout Germany. We have this opportunity of Neil stopping in Calgary on his way to work with the Vancouver Opera.

His teaching combines the old Italian School of Bel Canto as expounded by Giovanni Battista Lamperti with scientific understanding of vocal function. The focus is coordination of mind, body, and the heart.

His students include Phillip Ens, Barbara Hannigan, Natalie Paulin, Jean Stilwell, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Broadway NYC/West End UK star, Susan Gilmore.

For more information about Neil please visit neilsemer.com

Neil Sem

Past Events

SHANIA TWAIN

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shania Twain

The Canadian Voice Care Foundation has tickets to Shania Twain's performance Thursday, JULY 10th, Calgary Stampede Concert.

This is to support the foundation. Tickets for sale are located in Section 111 for $ 350.00 per ticket with a $ 186.75 Charitable Tax Receipt per ticket. Please support this wonderful cause. For more call 403-282-2177 Katherine or cvcf@shaw.ca.

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Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Training

A Workshop for Speech-Language
Pathologists and Other Voice Professionals
Hosted by The Canadian Voice Care Foundation

Presented by Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott
Hotel Alma, on the campus of the University of Calgary
October 22-24, 2010

About the Courses

LMRVT-Basic provides theoretical background and practical training in Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Training, which is a holistic approach appropriate for normal voice users, as well as individuals with hyper– and hypoadduction of vocal folds. It arises from the convergence of physical/cognitive sciences and performing arts traditions. A target laryngeal configuration can be identified which produces the strongest voice output with the least amount of pulmonary effort and coincides with relatively low vocal fold impact.

A parallel, equally important, premise—in LMRVT and other approaches—is attention to sensory information rather than verbal, mechanistic instructions. The result is a well functioning voice that can be heard in most environments with minimal risk of injury.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the basic science foundations of LMRVT
  • List the steps of the LMRVT method
  • Evaluate demonstrations of LMRVT in vocal training
  • Apply LMRVT during self-practice & with appropriate clients

LMRVT-Advanced assumes prior training in LMRVT. This course extends basic LMRVT science & methods to incorporate additional body, speech, & voice works as developed by Lessac as well as vocal “energy” work as developed by Madsen. Specific instruction will be participatory practice in Lessac’s body, consonant, tonal, & structural “NRGs” as they apply to treatment of vocal pathology. Madsen’s approach to freeing “energy blocks”, based on yogic meridian theory, will be incorporated into participant selfpractice and applied to individuals with voice disorders.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe body, speech, & voice exercises as developed by Lessac in the context of vocal health
  • Describe maneuvers in tissue massage & Asian-inspired body
    work as used by Madsen
  • Evaluate demonstrations of LMRVT-Advanced according to
    principles introduced in this course
  • Apply LMRVT-Advanced principles in self-practice & with
    appropriate clients

After completing each course, you will receive a certificate identifying you as a Lessac-Madsen Clinical Provider.

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Microphone Techniques Workshop

On March 28, 2009, The Canadian Voice Care Foundation and the National Association of Singers of Teaching (Calgary Chapter) organized a Microphone Techniques Workshop entitled “Power Your Voice”. This workshop taught attendees how the microphone can empower the voice, strengthen a presentation, and how new technologies support performances.

Targeted at professional speakers, singers of musical theatre, pop, jazz, classical, country and crossover, the workshop was held at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Mark Cassius, Michelle Todd, Donna Kay and Jack Jamieson provided insightful lessons and hands-on practice regarding microphone techniques to attentive and enthusiastic attendees.

We hope to hold similar events in 2011, perhaps in different cities across Canada. If you would be interested in attending a workshop such as this, please let us know so that we can gauge interest and plan locations for future seminars.

Microphone Techniques