University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Third Music faculty lecture to focus on the changing adolescent female voice Oct. 15

In the third installment of this year's Music Department Faculty Lecture Series, Catherine Tlusty will lecture on Tools for Teaching: The Changing Female Adolescent Voice. The lecture will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall.

The female adolescent voice change is often overlooked in vocal research and published literature in favor of the more pronounced voice change of the adolescent male. Many well-intentioned voice professionals question the safety and validity of private voice lessons for singers prior to vocal maturity, which does not occur until sometime between the ages of fourteen and seventeen.

The purpose of this lecture is to empower private voice teachers and other voice professionals with knowledge and understanding of the physiological changes that occur during puberty and how these changes affect the female adolescent singing voice. The influences of popular culture on the future vocal health of young women will be addressed. Performances of repertoire suitable for female singers experiencing voice change, stages of voice change, and other tips for teaching these young singers will be presented.

Catherine Tlusty is an instructor of voice at the UND and also maintains a private voice studio in Grand Forks. She has taught voice lessons for the Summer Performing Arts middle school program for the past three summers. Prior to moving to North Dakota, Catherine taught K-8 Vocal and Choral Music in NJ, and private voice lessons in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has over 20 years experience working with adolescent voices. Catherine received a bachelor's in Music Education/Voice from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a master's in Vocal Pedagogy from UND. She presented a lecture on The Adolescent Voice at the 2013 UND Scholarly Forum. Catherine is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Pi Kappa Lambda.

-- Tamara Mulske, technology and marketing supervisor, Music, 777.3271,

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