National Center for Voice and Speech Summer Vocology Institute

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer Vocology Institute has been canceled for 2020. Please return to this site soon for updated information regarding the 2021 programming.NCVS web imagesThe SVI is an intensive, efficient and innovative way to learn Vocology, the science and practice of voice habilitation. SVI is sponsored by The National Center for Voice and Speech, and the University of Utah.

A vocologist is any person who habilitates vocal behavior - a speech-language pathologist, otolaryngologist, singing teacher, or voice coach. Vocology has evolved recently from inter-relationships between speech science, medicine, theatre training and vocal pedagogy. This is not widely taught in academic institutions as an independent discipline. At the present time, only the University of Utah has a formalized curriculum in Vocology, which is taught as a specialty track in speech-language pathology. Due to enrollment limitations, however, the program can only be offered to two or three vocology candidates per year.

In contrast to the limited supply of trained vocologists, the demand for their professional services is rising. Voice centers in the United States report an increasing caseload of patients needing the expertise of clinicians specially trained in voice. These people turn to voice centers either for rehabilitation and the return of functional voice or to benefit professionally from vocal habilitation by learning to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of their speaking voices.

The Summer Vocology Institute's philosophy combines high standards with flexibility. Just as vocology has evolved from a number of disciplines, participants from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered. Likewise, participants from various professional levels are welcomed. Students enrolled in graduate programs from any accredited institution are eligible and can earn graduate credits. Other participants will be those who have already earned their professional degrees, but would like to add vocology to their knowledge bases. SVI is open to interested individuals within the United States and abroad. Enrollment will be limited to ensure close interaction between faculty and course participants.

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