A Season of Change: Female Voice during Midlife and the Menopausal Transition
with Joanne Bozeman
Thursday 29th July - 5pm-7pm UK time

This course will be recorded and sent out to all pre-registered participants to watch in their own time.
Due to licensing laws, we are unable to sell this course retrospectively.

Course Details

A Season of Change: Female Voice during Midlife and the Menopausal Transition

Voice changes during the menopausal transition are frequently reported, but are under-studied in voice research and largely overlooked in pedagogical resources. For female singers of all genres, even subtle voice changes can be confusing and discouraging, and in some cases, may lead to career disruptions. To help with potential voice issues and the natural changes of midlife, female singers as well as their teachers and choral conductors need information about the underlying hormonal landscape of perimenopause, menopause and effects on voice. To compassionately and effectively work with women of this age, the larger context of midlife should be considered, and voice recalibration and balancing guidelines understood.

Part One  (ca. 25 minutes)

  • Introduction
  • History of menopause; bias in medicine and voice research
  • Midlife versus old age in voice pedagogy
  • Singing Through Change: interviews and book

Part Two (ca. 45 minutes)

  • Overview of perimenopause and menopause
  • Midlife: psycho-social-physiologic context
  • Sex steroid (reproductive) hormones and voice; review of research
  • Potential voice changes and the menopausal transition
  • Related emotional responses
  • Phases of voice changes in the menopausal transition
  • Role of genre
  • Role of midlife aging and lifestyle
  • Hormone replacement therapy in 2021

Break (5 minutes)

Part Three (ca. 45 minutes)

  • Awareness for teachers and choral directors
  • Technique guidelines and shop talk
  • Ongoing and upcoming research
  • Closing
  • Questions

About Joanne Bozeman

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Joanne Bozeman has been a singing teacher for 46 years.   In 2019, she retired from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, in Appleton, WI, where she taught studio voice and a number of voice-related courses. In addition to her career as a singing teacher, Joanne was an actively performing soprano. Though retired from academia and professional singing, she continues to be engaged with the voice community as a teacher and presenter. Inspired by her long-standing interest in voice health and the relationship of hormones with the female voice throughout life, Joanne is a co-author of Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond, published in 2020. The book, based on a qualitative investigation of 55 singers as well as related research, highlights stories of women’s fascinating and sometimes complex experiences with their voices during this important phase of life. Joanne is a member of NATS, PAVA and VASTA.

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