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2022 International Conference

2022 IVTOM Virtual International Voice Conference: February 25-27, 2022

Friday, February 25
19:00 – 02:00 GMT  / 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm MST

Saturday, February 26
16:00 – 23:00 GMT  /  9:00 am – 4:00 pm MST

Sunday, February 27
15:00 – 22:00 GMT  /  8:00 am – 3:00 pm MST

Presenters include:

Acoustic Strategies that Improve Vocal Fold Behavior

This presentation will explain how laryngeal and acoustic registers interact with and influence each other and why our perception of vocal registers is due to acoustic relationships more than to changes of laryngeal mechanism. Understanding these relationships and the resultant migrations of timbre and sensation is very helpful in achieving the smooth transition of mix across range. I will also revisit the chiaroscuro whisper training device and workshop its use in improving resonance turning skill.  Q&A follows. 

Application of Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy

This masterclass will explore strategic applications of acoustic pedagogy to vocal styles that primarily utilize a clean (non-noisy) signal.  Q&A follows.  

Kenneth Bozeman, BM, MM, Professor Emeritus of Music, taught at Lawrence University for 42 years where he chaired the voice department and from which he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Munich. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994, is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing and was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2019. His writings on acoustic voice pedagogy include the books, Practical Vocal Acoustics: 

Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy 2: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, now in a second edition. Bozeman’s students have sung with Houston Grand, Boston Lyric, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Opera, San Francisco, New York City, the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric, and Santa Fe Opera. https://faculty.lawrence.edu/bozemank/

Aimee Geddes has been teaching for nearly two decades and got her start as a college student in 2003 when she was studying Musical Theatre at Weber State University in Utah, where she actually earned her BA in Communication. She found the mechanics of the voice and vocal technique to be fascinating and wanted to share with others the joy that she felt when conquering a new vocal “problem.” Since then she has become a sought after audition coach and keeps her studio at capacity on a consistent basis. IVTOM has played a huge role in her growth as a teacher and business owner. Aimee started out as a chest puller/flipper and didn’t really find her “head voice” until college and even then it was iffy. Teaching mix (and singing along to every Kristin Chenoweth song available at the time) helped her develop her own young–adolescent–voice alongside her students.

She grew up performing various roles on stage from Wendy in Peter Pan to Anita in West Side Story–in the same year. Since, she has helped countless students land leading roles in productions in their communities and schools. She has done print modeling and online tutorial videos for various companies and is a busy wife and mother of 4 children (all of them human). She loves reading a good romance novel while climbing stairs at the gym.  Aimee became a member of the IVTOM Board in 2012 and has been an Accredited Teacher throughout her involvement with IVTOM. She became an IVTOM Mentor in 2019. 

Teaching High Belt

Learn techniques to guide your students into a safe, intense belt.  Master class with Q&A.  

John Henny has been a leading voice teacher for over 25 years. He has taught thousands of singers, including Grammy winners and top background and session singers. John’s students have appeared on Broadway and in major touring companies. John has also trained hundreds of voice teachers, including many industry leaders. John hosts the popular podcast, The Intelligent Vocalist and his YouTube channel has over 100,000 subscribers. His books, including Beginning Singing, are Amazon bestsellers.   John has lectured at USC, The Paul McCartney Liverpool Institute, and the Learning Annex.  John is known for making complex concepts simple and easy to understand and is a leader in creating online programs for singers and voice teachers. 

Formantology: Adding Analysis to Intuition When It Comes To Vowels for Singing

Coined by Scott McCoy in his article of the same name in 2013, “formantology” is an exploration of the ways the resonances of the vocal tract move and change between vowels and how they interact with harmonics to create formants. This presentation will focus on the basics of acoustic phonetics and then go further to explore the similarities and differences between the resonance strategies of children and adults and the ways registration and vocal style impact vowel choices.

Kelley Hijleh is a VoceVista practitioner, educator and consultant, and the Associate Director of the Singing Voice Science Workshop. She was mentored in vocal acoustics by Dr. Donald Miller (1933-2020) for 15 years, and has been an invited presenter and discussant on Voce Vista and vocal acoustics at The Voice Study Centre, SUNY-Fredonia, Syracuse University, Illinois State University, at the Voice Pedagogy Summit II in Los Angeles, and with Richard Lissemore at the NATS Eastern Regional Conference. Her article Realizing the Benefits of SOVTEs: A Reflection on the Research co-written with Cory Pinto appeared in the Journal of Singing in 2020. Ms. Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in voice performance. She has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Ashland Symphony. In 2014, she was the soprano soloist for the premiere of Cantate Domino by composer David Davies at Carnegie Hall and was also a featured soloist at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference at Biola University.  She served on the faculty at Montclair State University from 2015-2021 teaching studio voice, vocal pedagogy and diction. Ms. Hijleh recently moved to Black Mountain, NC where she maintains a private studio, teaches voice at Montreat College and consults and presents on VoceVista and vocal acoustics.

Intentional Teaching:  Finding Your Groove
Keep the edge that keeps students progressing, your calendar manageable, and your studio in growth mode.


MaryAnnKehler is best known for her work as a voice teacher; she is also a theatre director, audition coach, and best-selling author. Her students include musical theatre professionals; pop recording artists; lead singers for rock, country, and bluegrass bands; club musicians; singer/songwriters; classical choral soloists, worship leaders, and voice teachers.  She is skilled at voice habilitation and is a “go-to” for keeping professional voices working.  Mary Ann is proud to serve as President of International Voice Teachers of Mix and is an IVTOM Mentor Teacher.  She happily travels the world, training voice teachers and helping singers, and has presented in many voice conferences and theatre education events.  She calls Denver, Colorado, USA home.

Defining Mix: Many teachers claim to teach Mix, but the sounds and approaches vary greatly. Is it possible to define Mix and is it the best approach to vocal training? Q&A follows.

Adapting Mix to today’s Popular Styles of Singing: Working with singers that don’t want to change their sound, but want to save their voice. Is Mix flexible and if so, how far can it bend before it is no longer Mix? Q&A follows.

Dean Kaelin has been teaching voice for 40 years and has taught over 100,000 lessons. He has taught and conducted workshops throughout the world. He is the founder of Ivtom (The International Voice teachers of Mix) and served as President from 2009-2016. He is currently the Education Advisor for Ivtom as well as a Mentor Teacher. He trained with Seth Riggs and worked as his personal accompanist. He was a Level 5 Instructor in the Speech Level Singing Organization and served as the Point IMT with responsibility for worldwide education advancement of the technique. He has been the voice coach for Star Search Winners, American Idol finalists and his students have performed on Broadway, signed major record deals and have performed at every major Theme Park in the U.S. He has a degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Utah and a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University. He was an Associate Professor of Music at Westminster College in Salt Lake City for 7 years.

Tongue Postures and Formant Tuning

Abstract: Tongue and formants – is it a big deal?
Presentation outlines the phenomenon of shaping the vocal tract during speech and singing in subcects with and without orofacial dysfunction. The author will present her own research results of vocal tract analyses in speech & singing including real-time MRI imaging, acoustic measurements and logopaedic examination procedures.

Barbara Sambor – actress (graduate of the Acting Department of the Film School in Lodz), media speech therapist, neurologist, lecturer at the Acting Department of the State Higher Theater School. L. Solski in Krakow and at the Institute of Polish Language at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Her research interests include research on biological processes influencing the articulation and phonation of people professionally using the voice, dysfunctions of the masticatory system, problems in the field of pathophonetics and neurogenic speech disorders. It deals with, among others speech therapy for people professionally using voice and neurologopedic rehabilitation.

The Imposter Syndrome, Who Me?

Imagine for a moment that somewhere inside of your head is a cast full of all types of “characters.” Some are supportive of you, the Performer, while others seem to have their own agenda. Among these characters is a Director that is managing the show. There is a Performer that wants to be free to shine in the spotlight. There is an Imposter that wants to usurp the Director and steal the spotlight from the Performer. We will be learning specific tools to befriend the Imposter, empower the Director and liberate Performer.  Dr. Jon will be joined by songwriter Kristen J. Lloyd who will share her story and perform her original, My Brave.

Jon Skidmore, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, performance coach, educator, researcher, author and singer. He believes that the path to peak performance starts between the ears and he loves to talk about the brain as a peak performance tool and how to create an optimal performance mindset. 

In March 2020, Dr. Jon co-authored Conquer Anxiety: How to overcome anxiety and optimize your performance. Dr. Jon is on the faculty of the Brigham Young University School of Music and teaches The Psychology of Music Performance. He has worked with performers of all ages and stages. He has presented internationally, the local junior high school, to the top colleges and music schools such as  Julliard. He has a private psychological practice in Orem, Utah. He does a weekly free webinar Conquer Anxiety Now!  which you are all invited to attend.  His Singer’s Path to Peak Performance is a great program for singers of all ages to develop a powerful mindset to maximize their skill set. He has developed a program to certify voice teachers in the skills of peak performance coaching through IVTOM. 

The Leggiero Tenor Voice 

The Leggiero Tenor voice is one of the most complex, and frequently misdiagnosed voices of the entire human voice spectrum. In this masterclass, observers and participants will hear how Jeff discovered he was a leggiero, and he will teach participants how to recognize a true leggiero tenor voice, while offering exercises and concepts that teachers can add to their Mix toolbox to train this specialized voice type, and maximize it’s potential.   Jeff will vocalize and coach 3 singers who are, or may be, leggiero tenors for the class. Q&A follows.

Jeff Alani Stanfill is a full-time vocal coach/owner of Voice Soaring Studios LLC in West Orange, New Jersey.  He has been teaching voice for over 22 years to singers from the genres of Musical Theater, Contemporary Commercial Music, Gospel, Rock and Opera. Jeff brings his many years of vocal studies with Maestro David L. Jones, and the late Leona Mathews, as well as decades of performing experience to each and every lesson. He has coached some of the top performers on Broadway including Constantine Rousouli, Jelani Remi, and Contemporary Christian recording artists such as David Phelps. His co-masterclass with Mr. Phelps was a life changing experience. Jeff is passionate about teaching voice while maintaining a busy performing schedule with the 80’s cover band Fast Forward 80’s where he gets to use his leggiero tenor voice for the music of Journey and more.

A Practical Approach for the Voice Coach as First Responder.

Revisiting a critical subject: What do I hear?  What is my next step? You’ll hear audio recordings of singers who present in studio with previously undiagnosed pathologies and/or technical voice issues, decide what YOUR next step would be, and then hear/see evidence of the actual diagnosis along with recommendations for treatment/rehabilitation/habilitation. 

Teri Stock is a vocologist and voice teacher who has sung and performed all her life and has taught for the past 22 years. She was a founding member of IVTOM, serves on the Board of Directors, and been a mentor teacher since that program was created. She has also served as Mentoring Director and Area Coordinator Director.

Teri loves mentoring singers and teachers. She also has an interest in and sought training to help singers who have vocal injuries.  She worked with Intermountain Voice and Swallowing Center as a Singing Specialist, 2014-2019.  In 2019, Teri certified as a vocologist under the tutelage of Dr. Ingo Titze and other distinguished vocologists at the National Center for Voice and Speech. In 2020, she and her husband, Curt R Stock, MD, were honored to co-author the forward for the book Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause and beyond, written by Nancy Boy, Joanne Bozeman, and Cate Frazier Neely.

Anna Siciliano, M.A., CCC/SLP, received her B.S. from Utah State University, and her M.A. in Speech Pathology from University of Houston (Texas). She completed postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine at The Texas Voice Center.  Anna was trained by Laryngologist Dr. Dick Stasney and was one of the first Speech Pathologists to be trained in rigid and flexible laryngoscopy. Anna was also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston where she taught the graduate level course on Voice Disorders.  In 1997, Anna returned to Utah and was hired by Dr. Marshall E. Smith to work at The University of Utah’s Voice Disorders Clinic. In 2004, Dr. Smith and Anna opened Intermountain Voice and Swallowing Center at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.  She held the position of Program Coordinator for 13 years.  Anna also served on the planning committee for the National Center for Voice and Speech and is a member of IVTOM’s medical advisory board. She serves as an externship supervisor for Speech Pathology graduate students from Utah State University, The University of Utah and BYU.

As the recipient of the Utah Speech and Hearing Association (USHA) Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009, Anna lectures widely on issues relating to swallowing and singing. She is also certified in the Lee Silverman LOUD Voice Treatment program for those with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. For patients with severe swallowing disorders, Anna is certified in the use of NMES Vital Stim.

Curt Stock, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Lakeview Hospital in Utah and continues his private practice in Wyoming.  Retired Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Utah Department of Otolaryngology.  Retired private practice at LDS Voice and Swallowing Center.  Dr. Stock is the first ENT/laryngologist to complete the Summer Vocology Institute at National Center for Voice and Speech with Dr. Ingo Titze and embraces his title of Vocologist. He, along with his wife Teri, wrote the forward to the book Singing Through ChangeWomen’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause and Beyond,written by Nancy Boy, Joanne Bozeman, and Cate Frazier Neely.  Married for 47 years to Teri Stock with 20 grandkids!  Loves voice and working with singers and their vocal problems.


The Nose, Singer’s Friend or Foe?

Many singing teachers agree that a narrow passage leading to the nose can be beneficial to the timbre of the voice, while many others have the opposite opinion. Three experiments will be described, the purpose of which was to show how such a passage affects the sound produced. The results indicate that the paranasal cavities absorb sound but also that the nose can enhance the high frequency components of vowel spectra without causing the voice to sound nasalized. Q&A follows.  

Johan Sundberg, born in 1936. 1966 PhD and docent in musicology Uppsala University; 1996 honorary doctor at the University of York, UK; 2014 at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; and 2016 at the Université de Liège, Belgium. Presently Emeritus professor of Music Acoustics at the Department of Speech Music and Hearing, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden.   He early became interested in the acoustical aspects of music, leading to his doctoral dissertation on the acoustics of organ pipes. After the dissertation, singing voice and music performance have been his main research topics. He established and led the Music Acoustics Research Group at KTH from 1970 to 2001. In Musikens Ljudlära (translation: The Science of Musical Sounds) he presents acoustic aspectof music in popularized form to interested musicians and laymen. In Röstlära (translations The Science of the Singing VoiceDie Wissenschaft von der Singstimme, Ciência Da Voz) physiological and acoustical properties of the singing voice are described and explained

As the President of the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, he has been the editor of eight volumes in a series of proceedings of public seminars on music acoustic themes arranged in Stockholm since 1975. In 2019 The Voice Foundation awarded him the Johan Sundberg – Ingo R Titze Award for Creativity in Voice Science.  Sundberg has also had extensive experience of performing music. For 24 years he was a member of the Stockholm Bach Choir, 9 years as its president. He studied singing with Dagmar Gustafson and made his public debut with a Lieder recital on his 50th birthday. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, of the Swedish Acoustical Society (President 1976-81) and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.  

2020 IVTOM International Voice Conference

Held virtually over Zoom

The IVTOM conference is a way for practicing voice teachers and serious vocalists to “level up” their understanding of the voice through scientific, physiological, psychological, and musical lenses.


Fri, Nov 13, 19:00 – 02:00 GMT (12:00 – 7:00 pm MST)
Sat, Nov 14, 16:00 – 23:00 GMT (9:00 am – 4:00 pm MST)
Sun, Nov15, 15:00 – 2:00 GMT (8:00 am – 3:00 pm MST)

Daily schedule will be announced soon.

Presenters and Presentations

The list of international presenters is phenomenal!

Mark Baxter, Vocal coach, author of The Rock N Roll Singer’s Survival Manual, Split-Second Singing, IVTOM: A “Mix” of Neurology, Vocalogy and Psychology! and Pop Quiz – What’s Love Got to do With it?

Dr. Orietta Calcinoni, Otolaryngology and Phoniatrics: Multisystemic approach to singing voice

Kim Chandler, contemporary vocal coach & pedagogue: Beyond the Major Scale

Melissa Cross, The Queen of Scream: Mal canto: The Four Different Ways to Scream

Dr. Enrico Di Lorenzo, Phonetician, Audiologist, lead singer of Hideous Divinity, extreme singing teacher: Extreme singing, from practice to science…and back

Matthew Edwards, Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Musical Theatre Voice at Shenandoah Conservatory: How To Teach Any Style and Teaching Demonstration: Transitioning from MT to Pop/Rock

Sam Johnson, Voice Teacher and maker of YouTube videos: Strategies for teaching voice online

Dean Kaelin, Voice Teacher, Composer, Musician, IVTOM Founder and Education Director: Practical Applications of Voice Science – hearing and recognizing formants and using vowel frequencies to develop singers

Paulina Kujawska, Singer, voice teacher and speech-language therapist: Open Your Mouth and See What You Hear There

H. Steven Sims, MD, FACS. Francis L. Lederer Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, baritone singer and musician: Singers and Recovering From Major Illness

Jon Skidmore, Psy.D., Licensed clinical psychologist, performance coach, educator,
researcher, author and singer: Taking care of yourself and your mental health while serving stressed out students in stressful times

Dr. Ingo Titze, Voice Scientist; Executive Director, National Center for Voice and Speech: Obtaining a Voice Range Profile with Q&A

2019 International Conference

Denver, Colorado

Invest in yourself this year at IVTOM’S 2019 International Voice Conference!  Whether you are an expert teacher or a beginner, you’ll find an exciting place to learn from professionals who are dedicated to superb work — each an expert in their field, whether it’s vocal pedagogy, medicine, vocology, psychology, or artist development.


Location: Denver, Colorado, USA


Date: September 26, 9:00 a.m. – September 28, 2019, 4:00 p.m.


Venue: Hyatt House Denver Tech Center – 9280 E Costilla Ave, Englewood, CO, USA


GUEST ROOM RESERVATIONS: https://denvertech.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-VOIC


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:  The fee is $599 and can be paid via PayPal to info@ivtom.org.  In the PayPal Notes section, please indicate that your payment is for the 2019 International Voice Conference.  The fee includes your first year of membership as a Subscriber to IVTOM which provides you with access to all IVTOM education.


The conference fee also includes a 30-minute private lesson with an IVTOM mentor and a banquet on Friday evening.




Chadley Ballantyne, DMA
Applying Acoustics and Leveraging Speech in the Voice Studio: Language and speech are powerful components for motivating the movements of the vocal instrument. Several resonance strategies are common to a variety of singing styles. Other strategies define different styles. We can use the sounds of speech to leverage desired acoustic outcomes. We can also use speech targets informed by voice acoustics to create effective teaching tools. This observed teaching will demonstrate these concepts in action.


Good Vibrations: Somatosensory awareness of the voice: Our conscious and subconscious control of our voice in action relies on both auditory and somatosensory feedback. What is somatosensory feedback? What can we learn about our shared vocal experiences from the body of research on mechanoreceptors located in the skin and in the vocal instrument? This presentation will explore how we “feel” our voices.


Si canta come si parrrrrla: Using retroflex R in voice instruction: An important component of singing technique is the ability to utilize optimal resonance for each vowel-pitch combination. How do we control the resonances of the vocal tract? In the act of speaking or singing, articulation controls the formants in the radiated sound. Formants 1 and 2 are moveable and are known as the “vowel formants.” Higher formants are also adjustable. The retroflex R [ɻ] creates it distinct sound by the drastic lowering of formant 3. While we rarely sustain this sound in performance, exercises incorporating [ɻ] can be effective tools for improving vocal technique. With teaching demonstrations.


Joanne H. Bozeman
Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause and Beyond: What happens when female singers journey through their 40s, 50s and beyond? Do their voices respond to midlife changes the same as men’s? We will explore the important scenario of voice and the menopausal transition.


Traversing the Pathways of the Voice: From the High Road to the Low Road: We have all probably wondered why some of our students find their extreme ranges easily, and others seem to struggle. Likewise, some sing through their transitions instinctively and others don’t. Subjective physical responses to singing easily through the entire treble range sometimes take developing singers by surprise. With teaching demonstrations.


Kenneth W. Bozeman
Mapping the Necessary Migrations of Sound and Sensation Across Range: A Singer’s GPS for Acoustics: This presentation will quickly review the acoustic soundscape all singers, regardless of genre, inhabit, and then detail and explore the migrations of vowel, timbre, vibrotactile and acoustic sensation we experience across range. Knowing, anticipating, allowing, and even facilitating these migrations greatly facilitates smooth laryngeal transitions (mix) across range. With teaching demonstrations.


Gender Neutral Range Training: This master class will demonstrate how acoustic strategies can be used to train the primary laryngeal shift from “chest” to “mix” across all voice types, regardless of gender presentation or identity. With teaching demonstrations.


John Henny
High Belt for Pop/Rock Singers: The science and techniques to get intense (yet safe) belt sounds for your contemporary students. Learn the resonance strategies to quickly dial your students into free and easy vocal power. With teaching demonstrations.


Beyond the Textbooks: applying voice science in the studio: Take the growing knowledge base of voice science and apply it in your everyday teaching. Discover how science can expand your ears and sharpen your tool choices to get even faster results for your students. With teaching demonstrations.


Expanding Your Influence as a Voice Teacher: Discover the most effective methods for expanding your reach, reputation, and authority. Learn how to turn this greater influence into a studio filled with your ideal students as well as a steady stream of passive income.


Dean Kaelin
Technical Vocal Application for Different Singing Styles – With teaching demonstration.


Do You Hear What I Hear? – With teaching demonstration.


Mary Saunders-Barton, MM
Bel Canto Can Belto: 
Part 1 – Coming to Terms with Terminology: What Are We Talking About?
Part 2 – The Versatile Singer: A Hybrid Technique. Demo session with singers
The contemporary musical theatre job market continues to evolve dramatically and performers need to evolve with it if they hope to stay competitive. As voice teachers, it is our job to stay current, open-minded, and open-hearted about this exciting art form.


Developmental Repertoire – Defying Gravity: Climbing That Mixed Voice Ladder!


Auditions and Casting for Musical Theater – Current practices, do’s and don’ts


Curt Stock, M.D.
Basic Voice Pathology


PLUS: Tricia Grey, MaryAnnKehler, Dominika Plonka, Jon Skidmore, Psy.D, and Teri Stock. Watch for details on their presentations soon!

2019 European Conference

November 10-11, 2019 – Milan, Italy


For information contact Dino Brentali<dinosoultakers@yahoo.it> or Curt Stock<cstockc4@aol.com>

2018 IVTOM International Voice Conference

Salt Lake City, Utah

Invest in yourself this year at IVTOM’S 7th International Voice Conference.  Whether you are an expert teacher or a beginner, you’ll find an exciting place to learn from professionals who are dedicated to superb work — each an expert in their field, whether it’s vocal pedagogy, medicine, vocology, psychology, or artist development.


Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Date: October 17-20, 2018 (Begins Oct. 17th at 1:00 p.m. Concludes Oct. 20th at 6:00 p.m.)


Venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
15 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

April 28-29, 2018 - Verona, Italy

Cost for non-Ivtom members: 150 Euro before January 31, 170 after that

Cost for Ivtom members: 120 Euro

2017 IVTOM International Voice Conference

Location: Atlanta, GA USA
Date: October 5-8, 2017
Tuition Fee: 490.00 (Tuition includes a Private Lesson with an IVTOM Mentor)
Venue: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel
1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta Georgia 30344


Welcome to the 2017 Ivtom International Voice Conference:

Come and join IVTOM in the great city of Atlanta, Georgia this October, as IVTOM continues to provide the finest education on the training of the human voice. Learn from professionals who are dedicated to superb work; each an expert in their field.  IVTOM’s 2017 Voice Conference will focus heavily on observation and training.  Attendees will be able to observe and question some of the finest teachers in the world!  Additionally, there will be five-star presentations and Q&A’s on the music and theatre industries, science, and medicine.  Is it possible to top last year?  YES!


Workshops and Classes:
Helping singers find mix
Training the teacher’s ear
Coaching pop/rock singers
Coaching musical theatre singers
Coaching classical singers
The psychology of performance
Q&A with a Broadway casting director – What’s hot?  What’s not.
Riffs and Runs – Breaking them down
Vocal science – the latest updates
Medical updates – current surgical treatments for vocal cord damage
Speech Language Pathology – how it differs from – and works with – singing therapy
… and much, much more


The conference fee includes a private lesson on October 5 or 6 with one of Ivtom’s Mentor Teachers. To schedule your lesson, please contact Kara Harrington at noelmusicstudio@gmail. All private lessons need to be scheduled by September 15. Requests for a particular Mentor can be made until their time slots are full. Please don’t delay in making your requests.


Reserve your private lesson with one of these Mentor Teachers:
MaryAnnKehler – Teaching October 5 and 6
Dean Kaelin- Teaching October 5 and 6
Teri Stock – Teaching October 5 and 6
Camiah Mingorance – Teaching October 5 and 6
Chrissy Cooley – Teaching October 5
Earl Harville – Teaching October 5
Keri Hughes – Teaching October 5
Tricia Grey – Teaching October 6
John Henny – Teaching October 6


Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Dinner served. Business attire. Cost of dinner is included in the conference fee.


Only the banquet dinner is included in the conference fees.  All other meals are at your expense.  This is a change from previous years and allows the conference to remain affordable by avoiding the expense of costly hotel meals, and focusing on education.  There are many restaurants within walking distance, from fast-food to fine dining.

Gliwice, Poland International Science

November 25-26, 2017
Seminars Mix Singing – Contemporary Bel Canto


Worthwhile non-Ivtom conferences
July 28-Aug 1, 2017 Sandvik, Sweden Five-day course “The
Science of the Singing Voice” with Johan Sundberg,
Filipa La and Brian Gill. voicecourse.info

2016 International Voice Conference

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

*Dr. Ingo Titze – Executive Director National Center for Voice and Speech (one of the world’s leading Voice Scientists)  http://www.ncvs.org/ingo_bio.html
*Professor Ken Bozeman – Lawrence University
*Melissa Cross – The “Queen of Scream” https://www.melissacross.com
*Mark Baxter – https://voicelesson.com
*Dr. Steven Sims, ENT – Chicago, IL  http://www.chicagovoicecare.com
*Jan Potter Reed – SLP – Chicago, IL  http://www.chicagovoicecare.com
*Dr. Curt Stock – ENT – SLC, UT  http://mountainwestent.com
*Mary Walkley – https://www.facebook.com/FloridaSingsAndTheConnectedVoice/
*John Henny – http://johnhenny.com
*Raab Stevenson – http://kimadproductions.com
*Dean Kaelin, IVTOM President – http://deankaelin.com/
*MaryAnnKehler, IVTOM V.P. and Education Director – http://maryannkehler.com/
*Teri Stock – IVTOM Director of Area Coordinators – http://www.teristock.com/
*Rocio Guitard – IVTOM Mentor Program Director – http://rocioguitard.com/
… and other IVTOM Mentors TBA


If you’ve attended an Ivtom Conference at any point, you’ll know that they have all been superb.  This one is going to top all of the others.  We put together a “dream list” of faculty and presenters, sent invitations, and were surprised and thrilled when every invitee accepted.  What this means for you is four days of teacher training and presentations, with an unparalleled group of presenters and faculty, all in the beautiful city of Atlanta!


Ivtom’s goal is to create the highest quality voice teacher education and to make it affordable.  There are those who believe that high quality has to be very costly.  We disagree with that.


DATES: October 20-23

LOCATION: Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel
1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta, GA 30337

PRIVATE LESSONS:  Thursday, October 20. Those who have registered for a lesson are welcome to observe other lessons from 1-9 p.m.

Worldwide Teacher Trainings

Leigh Mc Rae will teach in Gliwice, Poland from September 28 to 29


Vienna: (contact Sissy Handler for more info)
Sept 30th Workshop , and Friday 1st private Lessons with Leigh McRae in Vienna!

Italian Event October 30, 2016

May 2017 - Europe

Dean Kaelin (Ivtom Director of Education) provided teacher and individual training


May 12-14: Vienna, Austria
May 15-16: Milan, Italy
May 18-20: Gliwice, Poland
May 21 Warsaw, Poland

April 10-11. 2017 - Sydney, Australia

Dean Kaelin (IVTOM Director of Education) provided 2 days of teacher and individual training for the IVTOM teachers of Australia

Mountain View, CA, USA - Feb. 24-26 , 2017

Teacher Training in California with mentor teachers Rocio Guitard and Chrissy Cooley around the topic of Flow Phonation and Exhalation Oriented Singing. The workshop will take place on February 24th – 26th in Mountain View, CA.

Atlanta, GA, USA - February 25, 2017

Teacher training with mentor teachers MaryAnnKehler, Tricia Grey, and Camiah Mignorance.  Topics include: Teaching the First Lesson, Teaching Logical Lessons, Mixing with the Blues, Preparing Students for Musical Theatre Auditions, and Riffs and Runs.

San Antonio, Texas, USA - November 12-13, 2016

Texas Area Coordinator Katy Galindo is hosting Mentor Teacher and Vice President MaryAnnKehler for two days of training for singers and teachers.

Polish Mix Singing Science Seminars 2016: November 26-27

(Additional Workshops Nov. 25 and 28)


Dr. Hubert Noe (Austria) – ENT Doctor, teacher, IVTOM Advisory Board Member
Rocio Guitard (USA) – teacher, IVTOM Mentoring Director
Barbara Sambor (Poland) Speech-Language Pathologist
Waclaw Petrynski (Poland) Kinesiology specialist and others.

2016 IVTOM Teacher's Seminars

Milano, Italy

December 1, 2016


Teacher training in the morning from 9 to 13. Private lessons in the afternoon from 14.
DB VocalStudio
Via Melchiorre Gioia 63, Milano, Italy

The following subjects will be presented by Rocio Guitard in the Teacher Training:
– Anatomy and Physiology of the Larynx
– Acoustic Science (Formants & Harmonics)
– Analysis of the Mix from the anatomical and acoustic perspectives
– Q&A, and open discussion
– Working with kids

2015 IVTOM Teacher's Seminars

Poland & Austria

Dr. Hubert Noe and IVTOM President, Dean Kaelin presented November 2015

2015 United States Teacher’s Conference

Denver, Colorado

September 17-20, 2015


The U.S. Conference featured four days of non-stop teacher training and education that helped teachers take their teaching to the next level. Attendees had the opportunity to observe Mentor Teachers in action, ask questions, get expert advice on building their business, study the psychology of performance, hear presentations by otolaryngologists and speech language pathologists, and much more.

2015 IVTOM Teacher’s Seminars

Sydney & Gold Coast, Australia

Teacher Training and Private Lessons from Dean Kaelin – Ivtom President


Dates: August 20-21, 2015
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact Maz Mazak for more info: maz@mazmazak.com


Dates: August 22-23, 2015
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Contact SharonRowntree for more info:

2014 Teacher Training, Lessons and Public Workshops

January 17-18, 2014: Graz, Austria
January 19-20, 2014: Vienna, Austria
January 23-25, 2014: Gliwice, Poland

February 17-18, 2014: Lubbock, Texas


IVTOM President, Dean Kaelin in Brazil
Dean conducted private lessons, group master classes and teacher training
August 5 – 8, 2014 : Rio de Janeiro
August 9 – 12, 2014 : Sao Paulo
August 13 – 18, 2014 : Florianopolis
August 19 – 23, 2014 : Brasilia
Special Thanks to Du Masset, Cecy Ayumi Costa and John Quint who organized the events.

2013 United States Teacher’s Conference

Salt Lake City, Utah

The 3-day Conference included teacher training, Q&A’s, a social media marketing seminar, presentations on the newest findings on the science of singing, and the opportunity to attend a conference session on Patient Recovery from Microsurgery on the Vocal Folds at the National Center for Voice and Speech. The faculty and presenters were: Otolaryngologists Dr. Steven Sims (Chicago) and Dr. Curt Stock (Utah); Professor Kenneth Bozeman, Chair of the Voice Department at Lawrence University (Wisconsin); Speech Language Pathologist and Voice Teacher Randy Buescher (Chicago); Voice Teacher John Henny (California), IVTOM Mentor Teachers Chrissy Rogers, Dean Kaelin, MaryAnnKehler, and Teri Stock; and teacher/marketing specialist Cindy Kessinger.

2013 European Teacher’s Conference

Krakow, Poland

IVTOM Mentors Dean Kaelin, Teri Stock, Sonia Lachowolska and Dominika Plonka joined with Otolaryngologist and Voice Teacher Dr. Hubert Noé (Austria), Otolaryngologist Dr. Curt Stock (U.S.), Studio singer and voice teacher Kim Chandler (UK) and Overtone singer Rollin Rachele (UK) for teacher training, Q&A’s, and presentations on working with damaged voices, the science of the voice, formants and harmonics, style coaching, working with choirs, and other topics.

2013 Teacher Training and Intensive

Brasilia, Brazil

IVTOM President Dean Kaelin joined with Otolaryngologist and Voice Teacher Dr. Daniela Stieff-Tostes and associated with the Brasilia Music University for a week-long intensive that included a series of workshops, private lessons, teacher training sessions, and working with children workshop. This event was organized by G7 Productions and SALTO VOCAL, and a bonus workshop featured “Reality Show Preparation” including audition tips, performance feedback and a concert featuring selected singers.

2012 United States Teacher's Conference

Salt Lake City, Utah

The first U.S. Conference was a gold mine of information on the art and science of singing. Otolaryngologist and voice teacher Dr. Hubert Noé (Austria) demonstrated working with classical singers and presented on the science of mix; Dr. Ingo Titze, Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech, presented on formants and harmonics; Otolaryngologist Dr. Curt Stock (U.S.) lectured on vocal health and recognizing when to refer to an ENT; Speech Pathologist Anna Siciliano presented on Team Building; Melissa Tanner, Sandy Cressman, Shelly Franklin, and IVTOM President and Mentor Teacher Dean Kaelin provided teacher training.

2012 Brazilian Teacher Training

Brasilia, Brazil

IVTOM President Dean Kaelin joined with Otolaryngologist and Voice Teacher Dr. Daniela Stieff-Tostes for intensive teacher training, private lessons and public master classes.  This event was organized by G7 Productions and SALTO VOCAL.  Over 20 teachers were immersed in classes and workshops for a week-long session that was “worth every minute.”

2012 European Teacher's Conference

Krakow, Poland

The first European Conference set the standard for future IVTOM events. Teacher trainers included Dean Kaelin (U.S.); Dr. Daniela Stieff-Tostes (Brazil); Sonia Lachowolska (Poland); and Dr. Hubert Noé (Austria) who is both an Otolaryngologist and Voice Teacher.  Otolaryngologist Dr. Curt Stock (U.S.) presented on vocal health and recognizing health issues that affect the voice. Dr. Noé presented on science of the voice and Dr. Donald Miller (Holland), creator of the Voce Vista program, presented on acoustics and physiology of the singing voice.

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2012 Austria Teacher Training

Vienna & Graz, Austria

Dean works with Grammy-nominated Austrian singer Sissy Kudlicska.
Dean works with popular Austrian recording artist Nina Stern.
Dean works with Sabina Leszka, Poland Idol runner-up.
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