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A message from President Michael J Barnes:
I am thrilled to welcome you to the Voice and Speech Trainers Association’s website. VASTA is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to spreading the word about the voice and speech profession—promoting both the art and science of the human voice. We simultaneously work to serve the needs of those working in the voice and speech profession and to advocate for our members. We were founded in the United States of America but our membership now spans the globe. We have members in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia/Oceania—giving global outreach to our knowledge of voice and speech through its range of cultures, methodologies, backgrounds, and professional perspectives.
Our hardworking Board of Directors, our energetic officers, our Focus Groups, and dedicated committees are continually looking for ways to strengthen our organization to better serve our membership. Current VASTA initiatives focus on networking—both interdisciplinary and globally; bringing great visibility of VASTA and the professions surrounding voice, speech, and communication; promoting diversity in the profession; and mentorship and career development. This organization has been a huge part of my life—giving me training, mentorship, career-shaping opportunities, and a family of like-minded individuals. It has been my pleasure to give back to it: first as an officer, then on the Board of Directors, and now as president. I hope that you might want to participate in VASTA as well; it may give you the same fulfillment that it has given me.
I hope that our site can benefit you. Some suggestions are below
Site Visitors: Our members are the heart of the organization. Become part of a generous community of voice trainers around the world!
We invite you into the conversation about voice and speech issues, advancing the field, and advocating for our profession.
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Once again, welcome. Browse a bit, and enjoy our site! Please feel free to Contact Us with questions, ideas or suggestions.
We hope you find our many resources and publications useful.
Michael J Barnes
VASTA President 2018-2020