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.

The Evolving Singing Voice: The Senior Years
with Karen Brunssen
Thursday 6th October 2022 5-7pm BST

This short course draws information from Chapter 6 of Karen’s Book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Life Span – The Senescent Singer.

Vocal changes and their impact on singing sometimes prompt singers in their fifth, sixth, and even seventh decade of life to seek help with their voices.

At this point, a teacher well-equipped with explanations and solutions can be a great help.

Karen has worked with many aging amateur and professional singers one-on-one and within the ensemble setting. She is also an older singer herself.

This course will address the impact of aging factors on “the senescent singer?”

Are there specific exercises that can address changing issues?

What are reasonable healthy expectations for singing?

What causes these changes? What changes in our sensations and why?

At the end of the course, you will have a depth of understanding and many ways to help our beloved senior singers.

If you would like a certificate of attendance for this event, please send us an email.

Attend this course for as little as £22.00.

Karen Brunssen, NATS Immediate-Past President, Professor of Voice and Co-Chair of Music Performance, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.

She is a frequent vocal clinician, master teacher, panelist, adjudicator and presenter, recently at the 2020 NATS Virtual Conference, 2020 Eurovox, 2019 ACDA Conference, 2017 ICVT, numerous teaching residencies at Cambridge University and the Zürcher-Sing Akadamie, the International Symposium on Singing in Newfoundland, Opera America, Chorus America, Podium2016-Choral Canada, Philippines Choral Directors Association, Camarata virtual presentations in South Korea.

Her spirited presentations, articles, and new book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan, (Plural Publishing), chronicle changes in respiration, vibration and resonance, and the impact on realistic, age appropriate expectations for vocal development throughout a lifetime of singing.

Karen attended Luther College, and did graduate work at the Yale School of Music and Kent State University.

In 2013 she was presented the Weston Noble Award by Luther College.

She was awarded the Northwestern University Alumni Association the “Excellence in Teaching Award.” Karen is a Consultant Editor with Plural Publishing.

Thursday 6th October 2022 at 5-7pm BST

This course is free for Voice Study Centre's MA/PGCert students and £30 (VAT inclusive) otherwise.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please use the payment form in the 'Book Your Place' tab or email

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