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Vocal habilitation to be explored in Longwood lecture

April 12, 2012

Dr. Lucy Owen Hoyt

Vocology, the science and practice of vocal habilitation, will be the topic of an April 23 lecture at Longwood University.

Dr. Lucy Owen Hoyt, who has completed advanced studies with Dr. Ingo Titze at the National Center for Voice and Speech, and currently teaches voice at Shenandoah University, will give a talk Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Wygal Auditorium. The lecture, open to the public, is sponsored by a grant from the Longwood Parents Council.

"Vocology is an emerging field in which medical, scientific and voice specialists work with singer-clients in diagnosing and treating vocal issues," said Dr. Pamela McDermott, director of choral activities at Longwood. "The lecture would be of special interest to singers, choral directors and teachers, speech pathologists, and others who are dependent upon or care for patients concerned with maintaining a healthy voice."

In addition to her teaching, Hoyt is active as a recitalist and oratorio singer. She will appear as soprano soloist with Longwood's Camerata Singers in their spring concert, "Two Roads", on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Farmville United Methodist Church.

This collaborative concert, also funded by a grant from the Longwood Parents Council, will be conducted by Pamela McDermott and accompanied by Dr. Lisa Kinzer, professor of music at Longwood. Hoyt will be featured in movements from four major works, each written for soprano and choir, including "Laudamus te" from Mozart's Vespers and "Ihr habt nun Trauerigkeit" from Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. The concert also will feature short anthems and folk songs, including one written by Dr. Gordon Ring, professor of music at Longwood.