Welcome to PAVA's Canada and Eastern Hemisphere Region! We represent a wide range of voice professionals across Canada from sea to shining sea, as well as our friends "across the pond" in countries all over the world! We encourage you to reach out to other PAVA members across our vast region, to keep an eye out for PAVA events in your region, and we'd love it if you'd consider starting a local PAVA chapter in your area!
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.
Meanwhile, feel free to reach out to your regional governor at email@example.com with any questions you may have or with your ideas as to how we may better serve and involve PAVA members across Canada and the Eastern Hemisphere.
The Canadian Region includes all Canadian provinces and territories, and all countries outside the Western Hemisphere.