Your Voice Matters!
The Irish Voice Association was founded in 2006 to promote the highest standards of vocal creativity and vocal health in Ireland.
The Association's members are specialists in the spoken voice who provide training and resources for those who want to learn about keeping their voice healthy, vibrant and engaging.
Teachers, Sales Staff, Sports Coaches, Doctors, Lawyers, Call Centre Workers, Retail Assistants, Counsellors, Singers, Actors and many others. Without your voice you would be unable to engage and speak with those around you. Losing your voice is no joke!
To mark World Voice Day in 2016, the Irish Voice Association will be running a series of free voice workshops in Dublin on Sunday 17th April at the Gaiety School of Acting - the National Theatre School of Ireland - in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
This year we are fortunate to have Ireland's leading experts in three of the most well known styles of Voice Work, and you are welcome to attend one, two, three, or all four of these workshops. The details are as follows:
Fitzmaurice Voicework with Helena Walsh : 10am to 11:30am
Fitzmaurice Voicework explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence. Integrating physical experience and mental focus, the work develops vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort.
Linklater Voice Method with Regina Crowley : 11:40am to 1:10pm
The Linklater Voice Method takes you step-by-step through a practical series of exercises that include relaxation, awareness of breathing, experience of vibrationary sound, opening the throat, vocal resonance and range, and awakening the articulating activity of lips and tongue.
Roy Hart Voice with Russell Smith : 2pm to 3:30pm
Roy Hart Voicework is body-oriented, stimulating, and provocative. With emphasis on the uniqueness of each voice, the teaching seeks to inform and strengthen the ‘normal’ vocal range. It is a liberating and exciting experience as you work towards bringing life and vitality to your words.
Shared workshop of all three styles and Voice Coaches : 3:40pm to 5pm
Bringing it all together and experiencing the mutually beneficial effects of working on your voice to find the approach that works best for you.
Ending with a Q & A session.
These Voice Workshops are free of charge, however pre-booking is advised as spaces may become limited.
Our chosen charity this year is the Calais Refugee Fund and voluntary donations on the day are welcome.
To reserve your place on any of the workshops, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the day, our three Voice Coaches, will introduce you to some of the fundamental techniques and principals from these vocal techniques. You will explore what it means to be present, grounded and embodied in your connection to your voice in the first session. Then you will move on to breath work with the Linklater technique and how you can connect to a rooted and expressive breath and sound. Followed by a session on working with your body and voice in a physically expressive way. The last session will be a gathering together of all three voice coaches, ending with an opportunity to have a Q & A on the work throughout the day as well as any questions you may have about your own voice. You can attend one, two, three or all four of the workshops, but please note that places must be pre-booked via the email address above.
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For more details about the Association, or for information or advice, please contact
Poll Moussoulides, founder of the Irish Voice Association, at www.voicematters.com
Other useful websites:
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists: www.iaslt.ie
Association of Singing Teachers in Ireland: www.tosini.org
American Academy of Otolaryngology: www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/aboutVoice.cfm
Global World Voice Day Organisation: www.world-voice-day.org
Please note that if you have concerns about your vocal health, or are experiencing pain or prolonged loss of voice,
it is advisable to go to your Medical Practitioner, Doctor or Speech and Language Therapist.