Demystify the Voice; Rachael Gates; October 20, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Rachael Gates

Learn what is actually happening when you “lose your voice”, hear vocal myths debunked, explore diet and lifestyle choices to improve performance, understand common voice pathologies, find out about surgical techniques and precautions to take before undergoing general anesthesia, and more!

Soprano, Opera Director and Singing Health Specialist, Dr. Rachael Gates has sung in Germany, Russia, Italy and throughout the United States. Dr. Gates was Assistant Opera Director at Northwestern University, has taught at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and guest directed operas for Yale University where she served as assistant director to Sir Colin Graham. She belongs to PAMA, CMS, NATS, is published in The Journal of Singing, and is Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Pedagogy at Grand Valley State University. She is also a member of the Musician’s Wellness Team at Michigan State University. She pioneered what is now a Singing Health Specialization at The Ohio State University Medical Center with laryngologist L. Arick Forrest, MD and Kerrie Obert CCC-SLP. Dr. Gates holds degrees in music from Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The Ohio State University. Her book, The Owner’s Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice Users (Oxford) is available on and at The Metropolitan Opera Shop.