Rising Voices: Listening to the Past | Dismantling the Present | Cultivating a New Future
July 29th - August 1st
The VASTA conference planning team is hard at work on the 2021 Annual Conference. We have some exciting details in the works, but with the uncertainty of the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking a bit more time to solidify our plans. We want to make sure we are putting together the safest and most inclusive conference possible while also attending to our theme of Rising Voices: Listening to the Past, Dismantling the Present, Cultivating a New Future. Please be on the lookout on December 15th for a more formal announcement as well as member proposals going live. We appreciate your patience and cannot wait to share with you the details of the 2021 Annual Conference!
For questions, please contact Elisa Gonzales and Joe Hetterly.
Each year the VASTA Board of Directors and Director of Annual Conferences identify a select group of professionals that have influenced the field of voice and speech and/or specifically address the conference theme. They are then invited to present at our annual conference. These presenters may be drawn from our membership or may join the conference from outside the VASTA membership and are welcomed to share their research and experience. These featured presentations are offered to the full conference attendees.
VASTA honors the wide array of talent possessed by its membership. Each year, VASTA invites members with theme-related skill sets and topics to join the conference workshop schedule. Invitations do most often reflect theme, yet some invitations are made based on membership demand and interest. A board member or the conference director will directly contact active members with relevant topics.
VASTA also provides a way for members to submit independent ideas for workshops, panels, and papers. The Director of Annual Conferences and Workshop Coordinator read all proposals submitted through our online form. Presentations are selected based on submission criteria, theme, membership desire, and innovation. Once selected, presenters are scheduled with a time in the conference. This celebration of our member’s talent, research, and skill is one of the most important elements of our annual conference. It is these member presentations that create a collegial environment of learning and conversation.