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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2003

UI Presents 'Discover Your Voice' April 9

"Discover Your Voice," a program for teachers and all those who need a healthy voice to pursue their careers and interests, will be presented Wednesday evening, April 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to help make people -- especially teachers, who have one of the highest rates of voice disorders -- more aware of voice and conditions that affect voice health.

Interactive displays showing current research and technologies related to voice disorders will be open for viewing beginning at 6:30 p.m. The recital will follow at 8 p.m. and will feature tenor Ingo Titze, Ph.D., UI distinguished professor of speech science and voice, and mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle, UI professor of voice. Shari Rhoads, UI opera coach and diction instructor in music, will accompany the singers on piano.

The event is sponsored by the National Center for Voice and Speech, a collaborative organization between the UI and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; the UI Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology; and the UI School of Music, which is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The recital will include duets, as well as solo presentations, performed by Titze and Eberle. They will open the program with two duets by English composer Henry Purcell, and Eberle will sing several other Purcell songs. Next, Titze will perform a group of songs by Beethoven, including three songs from Goethe's "Faust." Eberle will sing a set of songs by Richard Strauss, and the recital will close with two duets from musical comedies: "With so Little to be Sure Of" from "Anyone Can Whistle" by Stephen Sondheim, and "When the Children are Asleep" from "Carousel" by Richard Rodgers.

In addition to holding a UI professorship, Titze is executive director of the Wilbur James Gould Voice Research Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has published more than 150 articles in scientific and educational journals, co-edited two books in a series titled "Vocal Fold Physiology" and has authored a book called "Principles of Voice Production." He has lectured throughout the world and has appeared on educational television series including "Innovation," "Quantum," and "Beyond 2000." Titze is a recipient of the William and Harriott Gould Award for laryngeal physiology, the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigation Award, the Claude Pepper Award, the Quintana Award and the American Laryngological Association Award. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

In the past 10 years Eberle has performed in more than 45 professional engagements with orchestras, choral organizations and chamber music groups. Her concert credits include solo performances with the symphonies of Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw (Michigan) and Atlanta, Macon, Rome and Valdosta (Georgia). Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in 1994. She has given over 50 solo recitals as a guest artist in 18 states and in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Korea, Peru, St. John and St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), Trinidad, and Tobago. Since 1990 she has given 17 college-level master classes in 10 states as well as in Argentina, Korea, Peru, and most recently Brazil. In addition, she has led 15 high school-level vocal workshops in Iowa to introduce young, aspiring artists to her teaching.

Rhoads worked as coach and assistant conductor for two years at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, and as assistant conductor to Garcia Navarro, personally contracted by Placido Domingo. She has appeared in recital with Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras and Luis Lima, and has privately coached many of the most renowned singers of our time. She assisted Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the 1988 World Premiere of his opera "Resurrection." In 1991 she was Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she conducted the world premiere of "Lachen der Schafe," as well as many standard repertoire operas. She also taught music history at the music conservatories in Lucerne and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all university-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate or if you would like more information about the event, contact the National Center for Voice and Speech at (319) 335-6600.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Media: Becky Soglin, (319) 335-6660,, or Peter Alexander, (319) 384-0072,
Event: Courtney Brown, (319) 335-6600,

PHOTOS: A black-and-white photo of Katherine Eberle can be downloaded at A color photograph of Ingo Titze can be downloaded at

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: The event telephone number and the media contact telephone number are very similar. Please note that the program telephone number, for public inquiries, is (319) 335-6600.