WCU to Host World Voice Day

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 15, 2014 - The William Carey University Winters School of Music will host World Voice Day on April 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fail-Asbury Hall Auditorium (School of Nursing building) on the Hattiesburg campus. This conference/workshop will cover vocal health, vocal disease, vocal science and other related issues. The sessions will feature one of the nation’s leading pedagogical and voice experts Dr. Thomas Cleveland, director of vocology at the Vanderbilt Voice Center and professor of otolaryngology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as well as Dr. John Schweinfurth, otolaryngologist at University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Anthony Bertelli, a product specialist from PENTAX Medical.

World Voice Day is a global event, celebrated on April 16 annually, involving otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeons, speech-language pathologists, voice teachers and other voice professionals promoting awareness of the importance of having a healthy voice. This recognition allows professionals to educate others on actions they can take to improve or maintain good vocal health.  

Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., and includes a meet and greet with refreshments provided. From 8:15-9:45 a.m., a physicians only session will be held in Room 167 of the Medical Arts Building of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine medical complex. Dr. Cleveland, Dr. Schweinfurth, and Bertelli will present an introduction to the capabilities of video stroboscopy equipment, including hands-on work with the equipment and strobe volunteers.

The main session will take place in the Fail-Asbury Auditorium, and will include presentations by Dr. Cleveland, Dr. Schweinfurth, and Bertelli, with demonstrations of the practical use of the equipment in medicine, speech, pathology, and music. A Q&A session will follow before participants break for lunch. The afternoon sessions include a review and discussion of the vocal scans taken with the equipment, as well as discussions of the anatomy and physiology of the voice, interdisciplinary evaluation of voice problems, and an overview of voice disorders from different professional’s prospective.

The final session of the day from 3-5 p.m., which is part of WCU’s University Lecture Series, will cover care of the voice, and how to recognize, avoid, and correct vocal misuse.

Keynote speaker Dr. Cleveland is widely known for his research and teaching/coaching in the care of the singing voice. He has lectured in Australia, Brazil, England, Frank, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and all over the U.S. Dr. Cleveland also served as an expert coach for a master session of American Voices, a performance and performance-coaching event, alongside country star Alison Krauss at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and conducted postgraduate research with Dr. Johan Sundberg at the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden, as a Fulbright Scholar.

For more information contact Dr. Kimberle Moon, associate professor of voice, at or call (601) 318-6182.

Also, check out Dr. Moon's interview on WDAM's Midday at  


Pictured is Dr. Thomas Cleveland, director of vocology at the Vanderbilt Voice Center and professor of otolaryngology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who will be the keynote speaker for William Carey University’s celebration of World Voice Day on April 16. WCU will host a workshop featuring Dr. Cleveland and Anthony Bertelli, representative from PENTAX Medical, demonstrating how the video stoboscopy works, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fail-Asbury Hall Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.