Current PAVA Board of Directors
President: Leda Scearce
Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP is a clinical singing voice specialist, clinical associate faculty, director of performing voice programs and development at Duke Voice Care Center, and coordinator of community engagement for the Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. A singer and voice teacher for over 30 years, she provides voice evaluation and rehabilitation therapy to singers, actors, and other vocal performers with voice injuries. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in speech pathology from Boston University. Scearce is a frequent speaker at national and international voice conferences. Her performance experience includes appearances as leading soprano and soloist with opera companies, orchestras, and music festivals across the US. She is the author of Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness (Plural), and is a founding member of PAVA.
President-Elect: Aaron Johnson
Like most vocologists, Aaron Johnson’s career path has been varied and multidisciplinary. He began as a singer, studying vocal performance at Northwestern University, and then sang professionally and taught singing for over a decade. In 2005 he shifted his focus to the health and science of the voice and discovered his passion for voice research at the Summer Vocology Institute. He earned a master of science in speech-language pathology from Rush University and a research doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent four years on the faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016 he joined the New York University (NYU) Voice Center as an assistant professor of otolaryngology in the NYU School of Medicine. At NYU he is able to draw upon his multidisciplinary background as a clinician, researcher, and educator. As a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist, he evaluates and treats voice disorders in performers. He also directs an NIH-funded research laboratory investigating the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying vocal exercise. Through collaborations across NYU he is able to direct singing-voice research, teach future vocologists, and move the field of vocology forward.
Past President: Ingo Titze
Dr. Ingo R. Titze has served as director of the National Center for Voice and Speech since 1990, which is currently headquartered at the University of Utah. He is also a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice, Speech, and Vocal Music.
He has published 450 articles in scientific and educational journals. His book publications include Principles of Voice Production (1994), The Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation (2006); in collaboration with Katherine Verdolini, Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation (2012); and Fascinations with the Human Voice (2010), which is printed in eight languages. His research interests include biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, and the computer simulation of voice. His formal training is in electrical engineering (MS) and physics (PhD).
Dr. Titze is a founding member and first elected President of the Pan-American Vocology Association. He has administered and taught in the Summer Vocology Institute, the premiere vocology training program, for 18 years. His professional affiliations include the Acoustical Society of America, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the American Laryngological Association. Honors include The Gould Award for outstanding research in laryngeal physiology (1984), and the Silver Medal Award from the Acoustical Society of America (2007).
Vice President: Marci Daniels Rosenberg
Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS, CCC-SLP, is a voice and singing specialist at the University of Michigan Vocal Health Center where she has worked clinically to rehabilitate injured voices. A nationally recognized singing voice specialist, Rosenberg actively teaches workshops and lectures on vocal health, performance voice, managing vocal injuries, and application of kinesiology and exercise physiology principles to voice training. She has served on the faculty for Somatic Voicework The LoVetri method at the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory. Currently, she is a featured guest teacher at The New CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah.
She is co-author of the popular, internationally recognized singing science textbook The Vocal Athlete and its companion volume The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer (Plural Publishing, 2014). Rosenberg is a founding member of the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), where she has actively served on the credentialing committee. In addition to her clinical activities, Rosenberg continues to perform and maintains a private voice consulting studio in the Ann Arbor area.
Membership Director: Amelia Rollings
Amelia Rollings holds a PhD in vocal pedagogy from the University of Kansas and an MM in voice performance and pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University. Operatic and oratorio roles include the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Third Norn in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul, and Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Musical theatre roles include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, and Saraghina in Yeston’s Nine.Rollings currently teaches in the Theatre & Dance Department at Western Kentucky University as assistant professor of musical theatre voice. Dr. Rollings was recently awarded the 2018 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, an award given by The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Voice Foundation.An active researcher in vocal pedagogy, she has presented her research in such refereed venues as The Voice Foundation Symposium, The International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, The Singing Network, the Pan-American Vocology Association Symposium, the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, the Fall Voice Conference, and the Ohio State Voice Forum. Her primary research interests include musical theatre voice pedagogy, group voice teaching, and the effects of shoe heel heights, head position, and jaw opening on acoustical and perceptual measures of singing efficiency. Her most recent publication on the effects of high-heeled shoes can be found in the Journal of Voice.
Treasurer: Tara Nixon
Tara Nixon, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, is a senior clinical speech-language pathologist and clinical singing voice specialist at Duke Voice Care Center and independent voice teacher from her studio in Durham, NC. She received dual master’s degrees from Appalachian State University in vocal performance and speech-language pathology, following a baccalaureate at New College of Florida. Passionate about sharing vocal health knowledge with singers from all walks of life, Nixon frequently presents on various aspects of singing voice rehabilitation and performs professionally as a classical soprano, jazz vocalist, and blues chanteuse. In 2017, Nixon was chosen to participate in the NATS Intern Program in Toronto. In addition to her involvement in NATS and PAVA, Nixon is also an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
Secretary: Anna Hersey
A noted expert on Scandinavian music, soprano Anna Hersey was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Singing, VOICEPrints, and The Opera Journal. Her first book, Scandinavian Song, was published by Rowman & Littlefield. Hersey completed the Vocal Pedagogy Certificate at the University of Minnesota, and has studied vocology with Johan Sundberg at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and with Ingo Titze at the Summer Vocology Institute. She was the 2015 recipient of the NATS Pedagogy Award. She is an active member of professional organizations, and has presented at NATS, ACDA, NOA, MTNA, CMS, and PAVA conferences. She holds master’s degrees in performance and ethnomusicology from the University of Minnesota, and a DMA from the University of Miami. She is currently assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and is editor-in-chief of VOICEPrints and lecture-recitals editor for the College Music Symposium.
Latin American Governor: Ana Flavia Zuim
Ana Flavia is an award-winning musical director, an accomplished conductor, pianist, singing health specialist, and electric bassist. She is a music assistant professor serving as director of vocal performance at Steinhardt School at NYU. She earned her bachelor's at State University of Londrina (UEL - 2003) in her native country, Brazil. She holds a master’s in piano performance (Lynn University, 2006), a doctorate fine and performing arts (Florida Atlantic University, 2012) and a vocology certificate (University of Utah, 2015). Prior to joining NYU, she served as director of contemporary voice at the Frost School of Music with a secondary appointment as lecturer of otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. Among her credits are the Broadway musical Hamilton (rehearsal pianist), the Broadway Across America tours of Billy Elliot (associate conductor/vocal coach), and key’s sub on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Matilda, Kinky Boots, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, and The Sound of Music.
Western Governor: Brian ManternachBrian Manternach holds three degrees in voice performance, including a doctor of music degree from Indiana University, and has completed the first block of the Summer Vocology Institute. He has performed professionally in music theater, opera, and oratorio, and currently teaches studio voice to music theater majors and acting majors in a BFA degree program at the University of Utah, where he also teaches a singing voice class to acting majors. Previously, Manternach was a high school music teacher for seven years (choir, music theory, music theater) and directed choirs for churches of various denominations for more than a decade. He is associate editor for the Journal of Singing, a columnist for Classical Singer magazine, and has given peer-reviewed or invited national/international presentations for PAVA, NATS, the Voice Foundation, NCVS, the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, and TEDxSaltLakeCity. He was recipient of the 2016 NATS Foundation Voice Pedagogy Award.
Canadian Governor: Melanie Tapson
Melanie Tapson is a singer and speech-language pathologist focused on voice care for professional voice users and performers and transgender voice and communication training. She holds a BFA in jazz voice, a BEd in senior vocal music/drama, and an MSc in SLP. She maintains multiple professional designations and a certificate in performing arts health from PAMA and ACSM.
Tapson keeps up with current research in therapeutic interventions for voice. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, lectures at the Glenn Gould School, and frequently gives workshops by invitation. Her twenty years as a professional performer, combined with her training and experience as an educator and SLP provides her with a unique perspective. She believes that treating the voice requires treating the whole person through a collaborative approach. She empathizes with the demands of the professional voice user’s schedule and lifestyle first-hand, and she fiercely advocates for preventative voice care. Tapson remains active singing in musical theatre productions and doing voiceover work.
Central Governor: Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson has a master’s degree in commercial vocal performance, a bachelor's degree in psychology, and also completed a Certificate in Vocology through the University of Utah and the National Center for Voice and Speech. She has been a professor of jazz voice at Vanderbilt University, held voice faculty positions at both Trevecca Nazarene and Belmont Universities, and currently teaches at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and owns her own business.
She primarily works in vocal habilitation, and is dedicated to bringing practical vocology tools to audiences and professional working singers across the US. She recently founded a blog for vocal practice as a way to disseminate free voice information that integrates psychology, vocal pedagogy, jazz and science, and she has created a YouTube series called “Interviews on Voice Matters.”
Eastern Governor: Julia Gerhard
Julia Gerhard is a speech pathologist and singer with a passion for interdisciplinary voice education and professional voice rehabilitation. She earned a doctorate in musical arts in vocal performance and a master of arts in speech-language pathology from Temple University. She also completed the Summer Vocology Institute in 2010. This training eventually led to a clinical fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a faculty appointment at the University of Miami in the Department of Otolaryngology. At the University of Miami, Gerhard and the medical voice team worked together with faculty from the vocal performance department to foster learning opportunities for voice students including a pedagogy internship program within the voice clinic, World Voice Day events, and educational lectures. Now, as a new mother recently relocated to central Florida, she works as a speech pathologist for Florida Hospital on a per diem basis.