Workshop/Panel/Paper Proposal Form

VASTA/PAVA 2018 Joint Conference - Seattle

“Soma and Science: Bridging the Gap in interdisciplinary voice training” 

Request for Proposals


The Voice & Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) warmly welcome proposals for our August 2018 Joint Conference: “Soma and Science: Bridging the Gap in Interdisciplinary Voice Training” in one of following forms: a paper presentation, a workshop, panel discussion, and/or poster presentation. 

Our combined conference creates a unique interdisciplinary focus this year. Strong encouragement and specific consideration are given to proposals that address and incorporate components of two or more disciplines.


All proposals must be received no later than FEBRUARY 19th, 2018.

Proposals should address:  

  • How does this “Bridge the Gap” between Science and Soma?  
  • What is the Interdisciplinary component?  
  • If it doesn’t exist yet, where COULD it?

Artists and Medicine: 

  • What is our role as researchers, teachers, and practitioners in moving these practices forward together?


Arts and medicine were always connected: Ars Medicinae, “The Art of Healing.” Due to the rapid development of technology in the last 100 years, our attention was drawn to the physical realm, and we lost our connection with the deep and powerful mystery of our consciousness. Re-integrating arts and medicine can restore that connection…If ARTS affect emotions, and EMOTIONS affect health then arts affect HEALTH.” 



Soma - pertaining to the body, independent of the soul, psyche, or mind.

Science - the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

Interdisciplinary: - Of or relating to more than one branch of knowledge.



1. A workshop using myofascial techniques to improve resonant voice or freer breath combines the body-based discipline of myofascial release, with a focus on vocal production.  


2. A presentation combining elements of performance technique plus real-life applications that lie outside of the performing arts.   (i.e. Alexander Technique used in both Performance and Occupational Therapy)



These will be 13-15 minutes in length and can include research papers, clinical practice review, or innovative application of a method. Powerpoint Podium Presentations with an interdisciplinary focus are strongly encouraged but all are considered. 


WORKSHOPS (approx. 75 min.)

These sessions will be experiential, with a preferred emphasis on the innovative and interdisciplinary. These workshops tend to be more physical in nature and should invite participation from all attendees.  The majority of the workshop should be spent in engaged in activity rather than explanation. 


To allow for longer experiences within these sessions, there will be a limited number of full-length workshops selected. There are several other opportunities to present. We are also calling for proposals for a “micro-workshop” option (see below for description).



Panel discussions will focus on a more in-depth discussion of a topic from the perspective of multiple disciplines and will be invited based on conference content.  If you have specific and relevant ideas for a panel discussion, please contact the conference directors directly (contact information below).



A Research Poster should be a general overview of your scientific study. Topics focus on voice/vocology but can be more general if there is not a strong interdisciplinary component.  Photos and graphs should be used to highlight data. The standard size of a research poster must be 36x48 (Standard).



Like the proposals being requested, we are innovating our standard presentation format.  Think of the micro-workshops as the “chef’s tasting menu”.  Small, bite-sized presentations of information. 

Examples of Microworkshops:  

  1. 3 applications of the flow ball for monitoring breath control in speech and song.
  2. Integrating Fitzmaurice Voicework® into a transgender population.”


Presenters will have 10 minutes to introduce and briefly explore/teach your topic/technique to rotating groups of 6-12 conference attendees. Conference participants will rotate around to numerous workshops of interest. Providing visual, audio, and any other augmentative devices that will enhance the understanding of your technique is strongly encouraged. However, these should NOT be powerpoint presentations. Also, the presenter should anticipate small spaces and self-supplied technology.  


Please also consider crafting a poster, which can include photos and more in-depth descriptions.  Presenters will provide a handout or written description summarizing your micro-workshop that will be available electronically. 


These workshops are perfect for new concepts, burgeoning ideas or techniques. Ideally, a proposal should be a “soma-focused” idea that could potentially be applicable in numerous interdisciplinary settings. Consider the timeframe and logistics of this format when submitting a proposal. For example, you would not likely have access to a piano for these. 



Proposals for both full-length, as well as Micro-Workshops, are encouraged in order to maximize the number of presenters.


First-time poster or micro workshop presenter?  

Have an idea, but don’t know how to “flesh it out”?  We are here to help you make your ideas a reality!  


Please Contact

Amy Chaffee (Soma-Science-based interests)

Marci Rosenberg (Research-based interests)


CEU Questions?

Please Contact:

Mara Kapsner-Smith 


General Proposal Submission Questions?

Please Contact:

Adriano Cabral (IT related only)


Conference Directors:

Marci Rosenberg (PAVA)

Kate Clarke & Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston (VASTA)



* required

E-Mail Address *

Lead Proposer's Last Name *

Lead Proposer's First Name *

Lead Proposer's Email *

Lead Proposer's Phone *

University/College/Organization Affiliation *

Would you be interested in collaborating with another presenter or presenters? *

Will you have co-presenter(s)? *

Co-Presenter 1 Full Name

Co-Presenter 1 Email

Co-Presenter 1 University/College/Organization Affiliation:

Co-Presenter 2 Full Name

Co-Presenter 2 email

Co-Presenter 2 University/College/Organization Affiliation:

What year(s) have you presented at the annual VASTA or PAVA conferences? *

Lead Proposer's Bio (Please limit to 50 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for revisal.) *

Co-Presenter 1 Bio: (Please limit to 50 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for your revisal.)

Co-Presenter 2 Bio: (Please limit to 50 words max. If above the limit the proposal will be sent back to you for your revisal.)

If your proposal involves more than 3 presenters, contact the Conference Director ( with additional presenter information.

Which type of presentation best describes your proposal? *

Title of Presentation (brevity is appreciated) *

Description of Presentation: This is an opportunity for you to describe in some detail what you are planning to do. Please limit this to 300 words *

Workshop / Presentation “Blurb”: In 2-3 sentences, what will the participants experience in your workshop? This will appear in our program, so think about how you might entice members to attend your workshop or presentation. *

The theme of Seattle's conference is “Soma and Science: Bridging the Gap in Interdisciplinary Voice Training." How does your presentation connect with this theme? And how do you think your workshop/paper/topic might further VASTA/PAVA’s mission? *

List 2-4 Learning Objectives (for CEU's) of what participants will be able to DO after your session. Begin with a verb such as Identify, Demonstrate, Evaluate, Integrate, Describe, Define, or Apply.

EXAMPLE: At the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the basic principles of myofascial release how to apply them when working with the stage voice.

Type of room requested *

Technology needs (you must bring your own computer/tablet/smartphone with adapters, VASTA cannot provide them for you.)

Would you like your presentation peer reviewed?

If yes, please explain why--i.e., for periodic review, for promotion/tenure (specify rank of your promotion/tenure application), for business/consulting purposes. Priority will be given to those participants who are up for tenure or review in 2018-2019.

Are you willing to serve as a Peer Reviewer? (tenured faculty only)


In order for this workshop/panel/paper to be accepted, all parties of your presentation must register by the final registration date. *

Do you accept that there will be only a 50% refund if you cancel after June 15th? *

Will you accept the date and time assigned to you (and your co-presenters) for your workshop/panel/paper? *

PAPER PROPOSALS ONLY The Voice and Speech Review wants to consider your paper for publication! To submit a paper for the conference, you need to agree to the following by checking the box.

If my paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, by the scheduled day of presentation I agree to submit the paper to the Voice and Speech Review for consideration for publication, unless alternate arrangements are made. *

If you have questions about submissions to VSR, or need to make alternate arrangements, contact

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