Considering a run for political office? How you sound may be just as important as what you say in terms of projecting yourself as a dynamic leader.
Studies led by Rosario Signorello, a postdoctoral scholar in head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, found that successful politicians share vocal qualities that influence how their audience responds to them — unrelated to the meaning of their words or ideas expressed. His findings suggest that anyone can start sounding like a leader with voice training.
Welcome to the Voice Studies Now Conference! This meeting brings together authors featured in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (Nina Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel, editors) and provides a chance for all to learn from each other and engage with the larger voice studies community. Contracted with Oxford University Press, the project presents diverse approaches in order to: 1) address the question what is voice?, 2) affirm the development of voice studies as a transdisciplinary field of inquiry, and 3) establish a dialogue to foster a more complete understanding of voice and its meanings. The presenters represent multiple fields of study, including musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, medicine, speech science, linguistics, comparative literature, psychology, broadcasting, gender and Queer studies, disability studies, and media studies. It is our hope that the conference will help us begin to identify the many points of intersection in these disparate approaches to voice, and to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
-Nina Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel
Introducing The Voice Challenge! In the weeks leading up to the Voice Studies Now conference, we would like to start a virtual discussion on the nature of voice. Each week we will present you with a challenge question, asking you to engage the issues through vocal exploration. In the spirit of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we invite you to nominate friends, family, colleagues and others interested in voice to join the conversation.
Additionally, we would like to create awareness around and support the Marshallese Educational Initiative, supporting a community that suffers a range of vocal limitations and damages due to US nuclear testing.