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Bioengineering Applications in Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry Conference and XIX Pacific Voice Conference at Santa Clara University to Tackle the Human Voice

Monday, Apr. 11, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. April 11, 2011—The human voice has an amazing range of sounds that can evoke an even greater gamut of emotions. But how do the vocal cords actually produce the sound? How does the surrounding environment affect the voice? How can singers, musicians and performers protect them to produce a healthier and a better sounding voice?
More than 50 experts from across the country and around the world will gather at Santa Clara University to address these questions and much more at the Bioengineering Applications in Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry Conference (BAIPAEIC) and XIX Annual Pacific Voice Conference April 22-23.
Engineers, medical professionals, performers, musicians, faculty, and students will be attending this conference to learn how bioengineering and biotechnology can serve the performing artists to assure health, efficiency, and performance safety. Some of the topics that will be covered include areas relating to voice, vision, balance, hearing, smell, and sensory-motor control, such as biofeedback, assistive devices, and costume design. The sessions include:
  • Principles & Applications
  • Technology for Vocal Cords Imaging: High Speed Digital Imaging, Electroglottography, Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Acoustic Signal Processing
  • Bioengineering and Performing Arts
  • Performer: Artistic Clinical Issues and Applications
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Clinical and Vocal Training Procedures
Some of the workshops are:
  • Voice and the Intersection of the Alexander Technique for Actors
  • Improving Vocal Vitality with Nutripuncture
  • Heavy Metal Singing
  • Posturography: Its Value in Performing
  • Unearthing the Causes of Vocal Compensation
  • BrainScripting: A Clinic for Performers Using a New Brain-Based Approach to Peak Performance
  • Psychological Safety for Singers
  • How Singers Can Use Hearing and Feeling to Prevent Phonotrauma
  • Tension in the Teaching of Rhotic vs Non-Rhotic Dialects
  • Meditation for Singers
  • Focused Functional Fitness, an Innovative Mind-Body Systematic Approach to Exercise
The complete agenda listing all the sessions and workshops can be found on SCU’s website.
On Friday, April 22 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., an unprecedented performance by 15 artists will demonstrate the capability and capacity, as well as styles and the range of sounds the human voice can generate. The world-class performers are donating their time and vocal instrument pro-bono to “Vocal Extremes: From Heavy Metal to Opera.” The artists range from students to an international diva from the genres of jazz, musical theater, classics, heavy metal, and premiere operatic performances, just to name a few. This event is free, but attendees must reserve their seats via SCU’s website.
The conference is free for students and performers. For all other attendees, fees vary and are listed on this website. Early bird registration ends April 15. For information, visit SCU’s BAIPAEIC website.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see
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