Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hosted by The University of Minnesota School of Music and The Lions Voice Clinic

Dear Colleagues,

The 2020 PAVA Symposium will take place at The University of Minnesota School of Music August 14th-16th, 2020. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit one or more papers (oral, poster, or workshop) on all aspects of Vocology (medical, voice therapy, voice pedagogy, voice training, and basic sciences).

Format and Length of Abstracts:

One abstract of no more than 350 words is required for each presentation. Abstracts should be submitted in English. Authors should clearly identify the objectives/introduction, methods/study design, results, and conclusions of the work. Abstracts can be submitted here. Please note instructions on Google form regarding blind review and do not include author names within the abstract.

Presentation Type:

During the submission process, please indicate your preference for the presentation style: Oral (15 minutes), poster, or workshop (45 minutes) presentation. Efforts will be made to accommodate all requests as much as possible given scheduling constraints.

Submission Method and Due Date:

Authors are invited to submit abstracts online on the PAVA Conference website by midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 14th, 2020. For the submission, you may enter the required information in the online form and upload a formatted abstract using template supplied. We are doing a blind review. Please see below for guidelines. Submissions not in compliance will not be reviewed. ASHA disclosure forms are also required for all submissions regardless of affiliation with ASHA.

The author(s) of the selected paper(s) will be notified by March 20th, 2020

To support the blind review process, the names/affiliations of presenters may not appear in the title or abstract. Submissions identifying presenters will be eliminated. To reference your own research, you may refer to it in the third person, for example, Marci Rosenberg should write “Rosenberg’s article ‘ABC,’” instead of “my article ‘ABC.’”

Learning Objectives:

Please list three learning outcomes. These should be very simple and straightforward (see examples below).

  • Example 1: At the end of the presentation participants will be able to differentiate the difference between motor performance and motor learning.
  • Example 2: At the end of the presentation participants will understand how mindfulness and meditation prior to performance demonstrate physiologic changes in heart rate.
  • Example 3: At the end of the presentation participants will be able to demonstrate a calling technique to employ when teaching belting.

For more information, please see


The PAVA Board of Directors and the PAVA Symposia Oversight Committee would like to extend an invitation to all accepted presentations from PAVA 2019 Symposium in Santiago. If you would like to present the exact same content at the 2020 Symposium, please resubmit your information and abstract. Fill out the Google Form including your title and abstract, and indicate that you would still like to present when prompted. Your submission will be excluded from the blinded review process and will automatically be accepted. YOU WILL NEED TO FILL OUT THE ASHA DISCLOSURE FORMS.

We look forward to your contribution to the 2020 PAVA Conference. Please share this invitation with your vocology colleagues. See you in the Twin Cities!


Deirdre Michael, PhD., CCC/SLP, Conference Host and Director

Marci Rosenberg, M.S. CCC/SLP, PAVA Symposia Oversight Committee

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The mission of the Pan American Vocology Association is to advance the scientific and interdisciplinary study of vocalization across species. PAVA fosters vocology in all countries of the Western Hemisphere through research, training, and dissemination of knowledge. PAVA promotes the creation and development of professional standards and credentials in voice habilitation and supports the currently established credentials in voice rehabilitation. 

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