Pictured above at the World Voice Day event is student Clara Charles with her singing teacher, Andrea Saposnik, and accompanist Kimberly Dunkin.

The staff of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders celebrated World Voice Day on April 17 with a master class program that featured singing teachers and their students, ranging in age from 14-18 years old. During the program, each of the students was led through vocal exercises by her teacher and then performed a song of her choice. Afterwards, the audience of singers, singing teachers and voice rehabilitation specialists critiqued each performance and asked questions. The program, attended by more than 30 people, was led by voice rehabilitation specialist Leah Ross-Kugler, MS, CCC-SLP, and laryngologist Craig Zalvan, MD, medical director of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. World Voice Day is an annual worldwide event when voice healthcare professionals join together to raise awareness about the importance of vocal health and to educate the public on ways to improve or maintain one's voice while speaking or singing. This year, more than 400 events were held worldwide in celebration of the voice, including concerts, lectures, vocal performances and voice screenings. There were 36 celebrations in the United States.