World Voice Day events start pouring in

As we count down the days, the excitement mounts and the events continue to roll in.

On the world stage there are currently 32 countries participating in the global celebration of all things ‘voice’…. in recognition of it’s science, physiology, health and care … to it’s beauty and magic through performance art.

This year World Voice Day Aus will also pay homage to those who struggle to be heard. Those who face daily vocal challenges through damage, illness or other disorder of their vocal function.

WVD 2016 is the perfect platform from which to publicly launch the Australian Dysphonia Network Inc.  as a  place for people affected by voice disorders. The ADN will use World Voice day as it’s first major media opportunity and fundraising activity.

So, keep your eyes and ears open as our beautiful Ambassadors Melinda Schneider and Paula Duncan spread the word about the importance of voice for each and every one of us.

There is no better time than NOW to begin sharing the listed activities for 2016, starting with our two major concerts bought to you by the Australian Dysphonia Network and the Australian Voice Association.


…we hope you will join us…
@ $6.60 these events are cheaper than a coffee with cake ….and so much better for you

Tickets HERE

$5 from every ticket sold will go to the ADN to fund research into cause and management of voice disorders. Special and huge ‘thank-you’ shout out to all of our sponsors, we could not have come this far without each and every one of you.



The countdown begins …World Voice Day 2016 is just around the corner

It seems like only yesterday that we closed the curtains, mopped up the glitter  and cracked the champagne at the end of last year’s World Voice Day campaign. But here we are, ready to jump in and do it all again in just two months from today, on April 16th.

No matter who you are or what you do … your voice is essential in all aspects of your daily life… and your voice it is essential to us in helping to spread the WVD word.

So…whether you are a performer, a teacher, a preacher, a choir member, a sales assistant,  a partner, parent or friend please start thinking how you can: share the magic, celebrate the beauty and raise awareness of  the human voice.

In keeping with this year’s theme “Explore your voice… Imagine  where it will take you”  we are excited to announce the support of two brilliant Australian artists whose voices have taken them to some amazing places.

For well over a decade now Melinda Schneider has been a leading light of the ‘new‐breed’ of Australian Singer/Songwriters both in Australia and the US.

In a career which began with a stage debut at the age of three, (appearing with her mother,
the legendary Mary Schneider) she has kept her family tradition alive by becoming one of
Australia’s most sublime singers and popular live performers. Melinda-Does-Doris-cover-shot
With nine albums under her belt, she has earned two Gold records and won numerous awards including Female Vocalist Of The Year in 2003.

Melinda dazzled us with her dexterity on television’s Dancing With The Stars, before putting her country music
recording career on pause for a moment to indulge a passion for Doris Day. This indulgence  resulted in the release of her tribute album ‘Melinda Does Doris ‐ A Tribute To Doris Day’, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart, and remaining there for a total of 9 weeks.

Melinda is a true star, and we are thrilled that she will be sharing her talent and voice  as one of our World Voice Day Ambassadors.

We are also excited to announce that well known actor, advocate, tireless fundraiser  and household name, Paula Duncan will be our other World Voice Day champion and spokesperson.Paula Duncan-col-large

Paula  has worked extensively on stage, film and television, and has been a household name throughout Australia for over half of her life, not only as an actress but as one of Australia’s most loved
personalities.  She has appeared in TV dramas including The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Neighbours, Richmond Hill, Home & Away and Mother & Son,
lifestyle programmes, current affairs shows and many commercials.

She has been honoured by Channel 9’s, This is Your Life, and during the five years she spent starring in the TV series Cop Shop, she was awarded no less than 7 Logies, including Best Actress and  Most
Popular Actress and Personality.

Paula also has an extensive and celebrated list of stage performances, and she recently co-starred alongside Paul Hogan and Michael Caton in the feature film Strange Bedfellows.

When she is not performing, Paula is a prolific fundraiser and a passionate advocate for people living with disabilities, making her role with us even more relevant. This year,  World Voice Day  will see the launch of the new Australian Dysphonia Network, a support, fundraising and advocacy  organisation for people who live with life changing voice disorders.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do with YOUR voice… think about how you can become involved in the global celebration of World Voice Day.

Welcome along for the ride !


love the magic of those vocal folds

The planning and waiting has come to an end, and the day has arrived to celebrate those teeny vocal folds and say thanks for all their hard word.

Across the world there are over 500 events happening in 52 countries, and Australia is right up at the pointy end in 8th place globally.

This week in Australia we have 21 events that focus on al different aspects of voice – and what it means to each of us. Whether you are a voice health professional, a professional voice user, someone who loves to talk and sing, or someone living with a voice disorder…today has special meaning for you.

It’s also about social inclusion.

This year’s theme “Voice~ the original social media” opens the doors to consider voice as one of the tools that binds people together and builds  community. Whether through community interest groups or community choirs our voice is the thing that makes the connection that we as humans crave.

So wherever you are and whatever you do today, stop and think about voice for just a moment. As you answer the phone, or chat over coffee, in that instant it is your VOICE that is connecting you to another human being, whether they are next to you or on the other side of the world.

Pretty amazing really.

Happy WVD

Sydney ‘sang-it’

Sunday 12th April, saw Sydney’s beautiful Paddington Town Hall play host to the inaugural “Sing-it-Sydney” concert in honour of World Voice Day..

The event, sponsored by City of Sydney, the Australian Voice Association, International School of Music, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and GMP constructions, was a brilliant and eclectic mix of vocal talents to impress even the most critical ear. It provided 90minutes of entertainment and inspiration to the audience of 300 as well as the 100plus performers who took to the stage .

From opera to contemporary styles, and beautiful four part barber-shop harmonies, the concert had something to suit everyone. The quality of all performances was outstanding and there was little doubt that the Nordoff Robbins KeyNote Signing Choir and Sydney Street Choir were the sentimental favourites.

Organisers of the concert are clear that events like this are about celebrating voice. It’s about bringing local community groups and professional artists together on the one stage to share their joy of singing and of being heard; while at the same time providing affordable and accessible entertainment for the audience.

Dr Daniel Novakovic of the Australian Voice Association, pointed out that as social beings our voice is integral to how we operate in the world and how we relate to each other, reinforcing this year’s theme  “Voice – the original social media”.

There are a number of other events planned this week including a voice care workshop for people who sing in choirs, hosted by the AVA and a second community concert “Voices in the Valley” which will be held in Penrith on Friday.

Please go to the full list of  Australian WVD  activities here.

Congratulations and thanks to all Sing-it-Sydney performers including Sheridan Gaudry, Luke Holmes, The Overcommitments, Sydney Street Choir, Sydney Harmony, Maddy Macqueen Abbott, Katie May, Molly and Paul Walker & Judith Rough.

photo 2 (2)The Sydney Street Choir in action

FREE World Voice Day singing/songwriting workshops

What better time than World Voice Day, to focus on learning some new vocal skills?

Sydney Voice Studio  @ Five Dock in Sydney, will be holding FREE 90minute Workshops during  the Easter school holidays in recognition of this year’s theme.

“Voice – the original social media” 

Call  for information on how to get involved

singing workshop

Songwriting workshop

Calling Sydney-side Singers

As the tally of events for World Voice Day keep coming …it’s great to announce this special evening for all choral singers and voice lovers in the Sydney area.

The Australian Voice Association, together with Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare and University of Sydney Voice Research Lab will be hosting a forum for community choir members, amateur vocal performers, and anyone who loves to sing.

For  the cost of  gold coin donation, you will hear from a team of experts in the field of voice, and take away lots of tips for a long and healthy singing life.

To register or make an enquiry visit the Australian Voice Association


Calling Melbourne Choirs …

If you live in, or around Melbourne… and you love to sing in a choir, then why not take advantage of the FREE education event taking place on World Voice Day ~ April 16th.

The Australian Voice Association , is hosting the evening and inviting people to join in and learn how to maintain a healthy voice singing.

Featuring local experts

Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon: Dr Amanda Richards

Speech Pathologist: Meaghan Sullivan

Singing Voice Teacher: Bec Tilley

…to register click here and head to the events tab…

melbourne updated


Following the success of Voices in the Valley in Penrith  – this year the Sydney WVD planning crew have raised the bar and added a second, and Sydney based WVD Concert.

Sponsored by City of Sydney Council, The Australian Voice Association , Sydney Voice and Swallowing,Nordoff-Robbins Music as Therapy, International School of Music Penrith  and GMP Constructions ….. this event is  sure to please.

Featuring the inspirational Sydney Street Choir – you will leave leave the concert with a newfound appreciation of the meaning of voice.

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