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Joanna Cazden

Location: California, USA
Joanna CazdenI'm a singer, choral director, and speech pathologist who specializes in health care/rehabilitation for singers. Check out my handbook of everyday voice care at www.tinyurl.cazden-book. I have music in my blood (father was a pianist, composer, and folklorist), a BA & MFA in theater arts, 6 albums as a singer-songwriter, and 20 years' experience leading the Sholem Yiddish Chorus, a community group in Los Angeles. I also write most of the choral arrangements (Yiddish folk songs and related anthems), keeping the vocal ranges modest and the emphasis on melody and lyric, adding harmonies and rhythmic accents to support, not obscure, the source material. In the voice rehabilitation world, I worked for 7 years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, treating about 400 professional and avocational singers with nodules, acid reflux, or more complex medical conditions. That work continues now in a private practice. I've spoken on health and pedagogy issues at local and national NATS conferences and the Voice Foundation Symposium; am on the national board of VASTA, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association; and am a designated Subject Matter Expert at I also present basic anatomy/physiology, staying-healthy information, and tips on the process of teaching voice, at local music and theater schools. I welcome inquiries & health questions at my website, and my blog, www.voiceofyourlife/blog.

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