VASTA/PAVA 2018 Joint Conference

August 11-14, 2018 Seattle, WA

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Identity Cabaret | Schedule

Welcome to the VASTA/PAVA 2018 Joint Conference Registration page!

The 2018 VASTA/PAVA Joint Conference, Soma & Science: Bridging the Gap in Interdisciplinary Voice Training, will be held August 11-14, 2018 at The Cornish Playhouse (not Cornish College) in Seattle, Washington.

A VASTA and/or PAVA photographer will take still pictures and videos during the conference for VASTA and/or PAVA promotional purposes.

Questions? Email us!

Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, Conference Director:
Kate Clarke, Conference Director:
Marci Rosenberg, Conference Director:



Saturday, August 11th - Tuesday, August 14th, 2018.

We are thrilled with the record number of high quality proposals for this collaborative, interdisciplinary conference. To maximize presentation opportunities for both VASTA and PAVA members, we will kick of the conference at 10 am sharp. Registration will open at 8:30am in the Cornish Playhouse lobby and continue throughout the day. 

Saturday evening we will be hosting a lively all-conference reception in lobby and courtyard of the Playhouse. A more detailed schedule of events will follow.



Conference Venue: The Cornish Playhouse

201 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 736-5163

The VASTA/PAVA 2018 Joint Conference will be held at the Cornish Playhouse, a high-profile entertainment venue maintained and administered by Cornish College of the Arts. The Cornish Playhouse is aptly located in the arts, educational, tourist, and entertainment area known as “Seattle Center.” In addition to the Space Needle, the 74-acre Seattle Center boasts public gathering spaces, museums, landmarks, theatres, and conference centers. The Cornish Playhouse was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, and houses a 440-seat main auditorium, a black-box theatre, and an expansive fore- court and lobby. The architecturally unique Playhouse-- located next door to the Seattle Repertory Theatre-- offers quality arts productions in theatre, dance, music, and visual arts. It is the main theatre space for Cornish College of the Arts and all other conference spaces are within the Playhouse as well.

Directions to The Cornish Playhouse are in the Welcome Packet on the VASTA Website.


Featured and Keynote Presenters:

Due to the unique nature of this joint conference, we are pleased to have a bevy of “keynote” expert presenters drawn directly from our own respective organizations, making this truly a member-driven conference!



The Seattle Welcome Packet will provide a discount code for our room block at the Hotel Maxwell, which is two blocks from the conference venue. Seattle is an incredibly expensive and very busy city during August. Airbnb is a more cost-effective option, which is still convenient to the location. We strongly (VERY strongly) suggest you make your room accommodations as soon as possible, as availability will no doubt diminish and prices will increase. Those looking for a super budget-friendly option may look into renting dorm rooms at Seattle University, based on availability. This is approximately a 30-45 minute transit time via bus.

VASTA Identity Cabaret:

Identity Cabaret is an initiative of the VASTA-based Diversity Committee and has been one of the highlights of the VASTA conference for the past four years. This year, we warmly welcome PAVA members to participate and perform in this voluntary, evening event. Judith Shahn will serve as emcee of the cabaret and will organize the performers. If you are interested in performing, please contact Cynthia DeCure at


We are diligently putting together an exciting conference schedule to include podium presentations, scientific papers, workshops and micro workshops. Registration will begin on-site at 8:30am on Saturday, August 11th, and continue throughout the day. Opening remarks and activities will begin at 10am. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the presentations will begin at 9 am with lunch from 12-1:30. Further details will be provided in the near future.




Please remember that you must be a current member of VASTA and logged in to register for the conference at the member rate. Confirm that your member profile is up to date.

Registration Fee:

I am a current VASTA Member: $325 (early bird - $275 ends May 31st, includes one year membership to PAVA)

I am a current PAVA Member: $325 (early bird - $275, includes one year [August '18 - August '19] membership to VASTA)

You will automatically be redirected to create your VASTA member profile after registering. Do not skip this step. If you do, you will not receive a free one-year membership.

All Students, All Retirees, VASTA Distinguished Emerita: $200 (early bird - $150)

All non-members: $425 (early bird - $375. Does NOT include membership to VASTA or PAVA)

The $50 Early Bird Discount is automatically applied to your total at check out.


If your plans change after you register, please contact VASTA's Treasurer Chaslee Schwietzer. ( After June 15th, you will only receive 50% of your original payment.



To contribute to the new “VASTA Member-Sponsored Conference Scholarship” supporting member attendance at future conferences, indicate the amount you want to give.

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Members, remember YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN to register for the conference at the member rate.


VASTA or PAVA Member $325.00
Student/Retired/Distinguished Member Price $200.00
Non-Member $425.00
Early Registration Discount $50.00
Early Registration Cutoff 2018-05-31
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