Research Presentation

February 3rd, 2011

From Chorister Mary: Dear NOVA Chorus,

Last spring many of the women of the NOVA Chorus participated in a research study being conducted by Kathy Kessler Price on the effects of aging on the female singing voice.  Kathy wrote her dissertation on this subject and earned her PhD in vocal pedagogy last fall.  (Kathy was the director of the NOVA Chorus before Mark, now lives and works in Kansas City, and also maintains a voice studio in McLean.)

Dr. Whitmire has graciously invited Kathy to come to NOVA to give a talk on her research.  That talk will be held on Saturday, February 19, at 3:00 pm in the NOVA chorus room.  The talk is free and open to the public, and you are invited to attend.  Attached is a flyer (.pdf) announcing the event.  Please feel free to post this flyer at other venues where you sing.

Because Mark had already scheduled a rehearsal of the NOVA Chorus women from 1:00 to 2:15, we are hoping all the chorus women (and men) can stay and attend Kathy’s presentation.

Immediately following Kathy’s talk will be a reception, which Sara Dudley Brown and I are organizing.  We welcome your contributions.  A separate message about the reception will go out shortly.

For this trip, Kathy had already been planning a recital of the students of her local private voice studio.  Mark has kindly offered the use of the chorus room for Kathy’s private studio recital too.  So, immediately following the reception, Kathy’s students will be singing in the studio recital.  You are welcome to stay for the studio recital, but that is not required.  😉  (We normally just perform for one another at the studio recitals; an audience would be a treat.)

We estimate that the schedule for the chorus room on 2/19 will look something like this:

NOVA Chorus rehearsal (women)                           1:00 – 2:15
Configure room for Kathy’s talk, set up refreshments    2:15 – 3:00
Kathy’s talk                                            3:00 – 4:15
Reception                                               4:15 – 5:15
Recital of Kathy’s private studio                       5:15 – 6:30 or so

Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you at Dr. Price’s talk on February 19!


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