Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the World Voice Day Concert hosted by the Lakeshore Voice Center held at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak. What’s World Voice Day? I asked the same question.
The celebration started in Brazil in 1999 as the Brazilian National Voice Day and was an initiative that included physicians, speech-language pathologists and singing teachers. Fast forward to 2012, an ad hoc group met to form an entity whose main goals were to increase public awareness of the importance of the voice and alertness to voice problems. This group was the beginning of what is today World Voice Day.
The Mission Statement of the organization according to the World Voice Day website is “To share the excitement of the voice phenomenon with the public, scientists and funding bodies.” Around the globe, World Voice Day celebrations are held on or about April 16th.
For the last several years in Southeast Michigan, the celebration of World Voice Day can be described as an inspiring evening of amazing vocal performances at an historical theatre in Royal Oak organized by Lakeshore Professional Voice Center.
The evening opened with a lively performance of “I’m Loving Voice Day,” (sung to the tune of the Boomtown Rats’ song”I Don’t Like Mondays”) by my doctor, Adam Rubin, MD. I said ‘hello’ to Dr. R. before the performance (since the next time he’d see me I would be asleep) and encouraged him to get a good night sleep on Sunday…I need him to be fresh for my 8:30am procedure on Monday!
Next on the program was a guest speaker, the Red Wings’ very own Ken Kal, who is also a voice patient of Dr. Rubin. Ken shared his story of overcoming voice issues/voice loss due to overuse. He talked about how with the help of Lakeshore Voice Center, he is able to provide the Wings’ play-by-play in his signature style.
There were some awesome performances by Lakeshore’s voice pathologists, Juliana Codino, Emily Schrader, and Wendy Parker, backed up by the office band “Identity Crisis.” The talent showcase included amazing vocal performances spanning all genres by patients whose voices were saved by the efforts of the Lakeshore team. Seriously, some of the stories were downright miraculous!
I had no idea what to expect when I arrived last night. I figured there would be a handful of family members and friends in the audience. But what a surprise to see a nearly capacity crowd! It was really inspirational night. I felt so hopeful when I left. If those people can sound this good after vocal cord surgery, then so can I, right?
Just 2 days to Grand Silence.