Vocal health specialist, Dr. Rachael Gates, will guide participants through exercises, diet and lifestyle choices to help optimize the speaking voice and keep it healthy in this practical, voices-on lecture. Actors, singers, speech-language pathologists, students, teachers and anyone who wants to use his/her voice more effectively are welcome!
Dr. Rachael Gates, Soprano, Opera Director and Vocal 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, taught at the University of Hartford, and guest directed operas for Yale University. She currently teaches voice at Grand Valley State University and public speaking at Michigan State University. She is also the voice specialist for the College Music Society Committee on Musicians’ Health and the Michigan State University Musicians’ Wellness Team. 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 2013) is available on Barnesandnoble.com and at The Metropolitan Opera Shop.