Breakthroughs and Boundaries

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Breakthroughs and Boundaries

A BVA summer forum | BVA@home event

Sunday 17th July 2022 |11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 | Online

Free to BVA members

Non-BVA: £25

Student: £15 (student or recent graduate)

Or join the BVA (annual subscription: £65 full membership/£30 student or new graduate) and attend this event free!

Central to the ethos of the British Voice Association is its multidisciplinary reach across professions dealing with the spoken and singing voice. From the start the BVA was set up to bring together scientists and artists, researchers and voice practitioners, specialists in their respective fields, to share knowledge, promote research and to collaborate in solving real life issues related to vocal identity, function and communication.

With ‘Breakthroughs and Boundaries’ the BVA mounts a one-day online forum to review the landscape of multidisciplinary voice work, whether in private practice or within the NHS. We shall hear about the subtle solutions that multidisciplinary approaches allow, while also examining the limitations and tensions of working across professional boundaries. The event takes on three particular challenges: namely: 1) the lack of shared vocabulary across disciplines; 2) the research and practical application divide; and 3) the boundaries of professional specialism, certification and authority.

The forum will be introduced and convened by Professor Graham Welch, a founding member of the BVA and former President. To enliven and guide our discussion we have invited the following experts and multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers: Tori Burnay (speech language therapy), Dawn Estefan (psychology-psychoanalysis), Jacob Lieberman (osteopath), Paul McKenna (speech language therapy, hypnotherapy), Mr Guri Sandhu (laryngology), Dr Jenevora Williams (singing teaching and rehabilitation). Each speaker offers a unique perspective on multi- and cross-disciplinary voice practice and experience.


But this forum can only be as thoughtful, lively and productive as your contribution. We thus invite you (or your team) to contribute a short 10-minute presentation on any of the issues outlined above as they relate to your work as a researcher, teacher, therapist or clinical practitioner. OR you may present up to three questions for our panel to engage with.

Please send your proposal and/or questions to

The deadline for submitting your presentation proposal is: Thursday 30th June 2022.

What outcomes do we hope for? – Differing perspectives, lively and respectful discussion, and nuggets of knowledge to re-invigorate our (multidisciplinary) practices and thinking. Some agreement on shared concepts and vocabulary to talk fluently with one another across voice disciplines would be ideal. Most importantly, the BVA, as the ‘Voice for Voice’, welcomes pointers from you for its future multidisciplinary direction. We look forward to having you join the discussion.


Two sessions

Morning 11.00-13.00

Introduction (Louise Gibbs, BVA President)

3 x 15 minute presentations from invited speakers (45-60 minutes)

2 or 3 x 10 minute presentations from Call for presentations (20-30 minutes)

Q&A – Forum (45-30 minutes)

Afternoon 14.00-16.00

3 x 15 minute presentations from invited speakers (45-60 minutes)

2 or 3 x 10 minute presentations from Call for presentations (20-30 minutes)

All speakers: Q&A – Forum – Summary (45 minutes)


All sessions will be recorded and available to registered delegates for 2 months beyond the event. You will need to register for the event in order to receive the recordings. They are not available for purchase post-meeting.

Cancellation policy for a BVA event

In the event an applicant cancels their place at a BVA course or conference, they are entitled to the following refund

4 weeks or more = 90% refund Between 4 -1 weeks = 25% refund

From 1 week to the day of event = no refund (under any circumstances, including illness)

Online courses: The BVA is not responsible for Internet speed or any other connection issues you may encounter. We do not offer refunds for bandwidth, connection or latency issues, these should be taken up with your Internet Service Provider.

Should the BVA cancel a course, a full refund will be offered.

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