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Release: Jan. 19, 2000

Summer Vocology Institute to be June 12-Aug. 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professionals, academics and graduate students interested in learning about vocology, the science and practice of voice habilitation, can attend the Summer Vocology Institute in Denver, Colo. The institute is offered June 12 to Aug. 10 by the University of Iowa Center for Credit Programs in conjunction with the National Center for Voice and Speech, administered at the UI, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Enrollment applications will be accepted until March 1. The institute's curriculum mirrors courses for the vocology track at the UI, the only institution with a formal program in the discipline. Ingo Titze, Ph.D. UI professor of speech pathology and audiology, directs the summer institute.

Participants must enroll in the three following courses: Principles of Voice Production (June 12 to July 1), Instrumentation and Voice Analysis (July 5-26) and Voice Habilitation (July 5-26). In addition, participants may attend one of three elective sessions that will be held July 27 to Aug. 10: Voice for the Actor, Methods of Teaching Voice (singing) and the Seminar in Voice Disorders.

Just as vocology, a term coined by Titze, has evolved from a number of disciplines, people eligible for enrollment include those from fields such as music, speech language pathology, medicine, theater arts, physics and engineering. Graduate students enrolled at accredited institutions are also eligible to attend and can earn up to nine hours of graduate credit. In addition, professionals in related fields are welcomed.

For more information, call the UI Center for Credit Programs at (319) 335-2575 or (800) 272-6430. A printable brochure and application form can be downloaded from the credit program web page at Information is also available at the National Center for Voice and Speech web site at

In addition to Titze, the Summer Vocology Institute resident faculty include: Eileen Finnegan, Ph.D., UI assistant professor in speech pathology and audiology; Judy Leigh-Johnson, UI lecturer in theatre arts; and Gary Logan, a voice coach at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and head of voice and speech at the National Theatre Conservatory. Resident faculty members also include three UI adjuncts who hold positions at the Wilbur James Voice Research Center in Denver: Kate Emerich, principal vocologist at the center; Brad Story, Ph.D., research scientist; and Lorraine Olson Ramig, Ph.D., research associate at the center and professor in speech, language and hearing sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) consortium includes four institutions: the UI, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Each institution provides unique resources, either in terms of equipment, personnel, expertise or patient populations. A grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health, made NCVS formation possible in October 1990.