Advisory Board

Chair: Martin Spencer

Martin Spencer is a speech pathologist sub-specializing in voice pathology and is an active singer . Martin has worked as a voice pathologist for fifteen years in Columbus, the last ten of which have been at Ohio ENT.

He was on the charter Board forming the Pan American Vocology Association and was a member of the ‘15 Symposium Steering Committee for PAVA’s inaugural meeting at UNC at Greensboro. Subsequently, Martin was elected to PAVA’s first Board of Directors as Regional Governor for the Central Region and with Ingo Titze is co-chair of PAVA’s October ‘16 meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, (please come!). In the ‘00s, Martin was President of the Ohio Voice Association (OVA) for which he organized four regional conventions.

Martin has published widely in journals and textbooks across the voice pathology and singing literature and particularly likes to write about the amalgamation of singing/theater pedagogy with voice pathology. His latest article, “Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Rationale for Symptomatic Subtypes, Expedited Treatment and Increased Therapy Compliance” is one of the most-read articles published in SIG3’s Perspective on Voice and Voice Disorders.

Martin received his vocology track M.A. from the University of Iowa, rated for many years the number one Speech-Language Pathology program in the country by US News and World Report. He researched singing phenomena with Ingo Titze under the auspice of the National Center of Voice and Speech.

Martin was a professional operatic tenor for eighteen years prior to his voice career shift. He performed to critical acclaim with the Canadian Opera Company (COC), National Arts Center, Toronto Symphony, Aldeburgh Festival, Sadler’s Wells Opera, Tafelmusik, and the Stratford Festival where he also performed Shakespearean roles.

In his hometown, Toronto, Martin was a professor in Humber College’s Jazz Studies program in which he taught jazz singing, acting, theory and ear training.. Martin devised and directed “create-an-opera” programs for the Canadian Opera Company, and conducted children’s programs at the Institute for Child Study at the University of Toronto. He published a children’s performing edition of the Pirates of Penzance.

In a post-professional singing career, Martin has been an active barbershopper in the Barbershop Harmony Society, sang lead in the quartets Rhymetime and Ebb Tide and is a member of the Singing Buckeyes. Currently, he is a member of the St. Mark’s Chancel Choir.

Other educational venues attended include the University of Toronto (B.A. in Musicology, with later courses in the sciences), and the Banff School of Fine Arts where he spent two years in the Music Theater Studio Ensemble working with top directors and pedagogues from England, Canada and the USA (including Oren Brown). He studied and performed the repertoire of Benjamin Britten with Sir Peter Pears at the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Study in Aldeburgh, England, and studied in many opera programs in London, England. His recording of C.V. Stanford’s “Much Ado about Nothing” won British recording of the year.

Mara Behlau

Mara Behlau, SLP, PhD, ASHA FELLOW, is the director of the Centro de Estudos da Voz - CEV, São Paulo, Brazil, where she coordinates a specialization program in voice for more than 30 years. She is also permanent professor at the Graduate Program in Human Communication Disorders at UNIFESP-EPM, São Paulo, Brazil and Affilliate Professor of “Communication of Business” at the INSPER, São Paulo. She was president of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics – IALP, president of the Brazilian Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – SBFa and also president of the Brazilian Association of Laryngology and Voice - SBLV.

Carlos Calvache
Carlos A. Calvache Mora
Director en Vocology Center Fonoaudiólogo,
Especialista en Vocología M.Sc. Comunicación-Educación

Leslie Childs

Lesley French Childs, M.D., has sung all her life. Once, as a high school choir singer in Austin, she grew hoarse and went to an otolaryngologist. The doctor used a scope to look at her vocal cords, then described what he saw (mild inflammation, it turned out). Photos on his wall showed performers he’d taken care of.

“I thought, ‘That is what I want to do,’” Dr. Childs recalls, adding that she had wanted to be a doctor since early childhood. “It was the perfect marriage of my two passions.”

Dr. Childs attended Yale University and then Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where her classmates voted her the person they would most want as their own physician. During her residency in head and neck surgery at Vanderbilt, she won more awards for excellence. Dr. Childs then completed a specialty fellowship at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, where she often took call for the opera.

In 2012, Dr. Childs returned to Texas, joining the faculty of UT Southwestern. She is Associate Professor of Laryngology, Neurolaryngology, and Professional Voice. Dr. Childs was recently appointed the Medical Director of the Clinical Center for Voice Care. Along with her colleague, Dr. Ted Mau, and four speech therapists, Dr. Childs cares for patients with vocal-fold disorders at the Clinical Center for Voice Care.

Seth Dailey

Dr. Dailey is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is the Laryngology Fellowship program director. He specializes in voice, airway and swallowing disorders. He also has expertise in professional and performing voice disorders, laryngeal cancer, laryngeal premalignancy, spasmodic dysphonia, laryngeal tremor, vocal cord paralysis, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, airway stenosis, and dysphagia.

Kate DeVore

With a theatre and singing background, and as the first graduate of the Vocology program, Kate has forged a hybrid path for the last 25 years working as a voice and speech therapist as well as a theatre voice, speech, and dialect coach.  She serves as voice and dialect coach for theatrical productions, teaches at The School at Steppenwolf , Columbia College Chicago, and Acting Studio Chicago, and operates a private coaching practice (Total Voice, Inc.) in which she provides voice and speech therapy, dialect coaching, accent modification, and voice and speech coaching to clients ranging from actors to teachers to executives.  

Kate is co-author of The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice (Chicago Review Press) and the Laryngeal Teaching Series DVDs showing endoscopic footage of the inside of the throat during speaking, singing, screaming, and other sound production.  She is also co-creator of downloadable dialect training materials (, and author of the iBook Accent Modification: Neutral American Dialect

Laurier Fagnan

With a doctorate in choral conducting (U of A / IRCAM, Paris) and a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy (U. Laval), there is nothing Laurier Fagnan enjoys more than inspiring singers to make the most beautiful sound possible. He has served as guest conductor and vocal coach for many choral festivals and has offered hundreds of workshops in vocal technique to choirs from Whitehorse to Seattle to Paris. He was awarded a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish Canada’s first Vocal Acoustics Laboratory at Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta (Canada) and has recently launched a DVD on vocal technique for choirs, which incorporates bel canto vocal principles applied to choral singing. Recent highlights include conducting at international festivals in Vaison-la-Romaine, France and Domaine Forget, Québec as well as presenting at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association and the Acoustical Society of America in Salt Lake City. Dr. Fagnan recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Vocology in the US and served as co-Chair of Podium 2016, Canada’s national conference and festival on choral singing. He will make his conducting debut in a concert with choir and orchestra at Carnegie Hall in May of 2018.

Marco Guzman

Dr. Guzman is a voice pathologist and singer with more than fifteen years of clinical and academic experience. He received his Ph.D. in Vocology from the University of Tampere, Finland.  He also holds a certification in vocology from the University of Iowa and National Center for Voice and Speech (USA). Dr. Guzman joined the faculty at the Universidad de los Andes, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018 following a 15-year academic career at the University of Chile. He also works as a clinician in the Department of Otolaryngology, Las Condes Clinic, Chile.

Dr. Guzman is an active researcher and author of numerous scientific articles related to the underlying physiology of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises and supraglottic constrictions during singing and the speaking voice. Dr. Guzman is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national and international meetings on topics related to evaluation and management of voice disorders.  He belongs to the editorial board of the Journal of Voice.

Lynn Helding

Lynn Helding serves as Associate Professor of Vocal Pedagogy and studio voice teacher at Thornton School of Music. Ms. Helding  was elected to head the founding of the first non-profit vocology association, PAVA. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Singing and creator/author of the journal’s “Mindful Voice” column, which illuminates current research in the cognitive, neuro- and social sciences as they relate to music teaching, learning and performance, topics which form the core of her forthcoming book, "The Mindful Musician: Teaching, Learning and Performing in the Age of Brain Science." She is in demand as a master voice teacher and popular lecturer on cognitive topics at universities, conferences and workshops across the United States and Canada.

Jack Jiang

Born, raised and graduated from Fudan University Medical School in Shanghai. After 2 years of ENT residency, I moved to the US in 1985 and received my Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1991. Now I am a professor in voice research at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I have published over 260 original manuscripts in the area of the physiological and biomechanical mechanisms of voice production as well as developing related instrumentation for normal and pathological voice assessment. I am an ASHA fellow actively working on academic services including editor for JSLHR-Speech, the advisory board for the Voice Foundation, and the editorial board for the Laryngoscope.

Edrie Means Weekly

Edrie Means Weekly, “Rock Star of Vocal Crossover” (The Cultural Feed), is an internationally recognized expert in training singers in all vocal styles and an active professional singer.  She is the recipient of the 2021 Van Lawrence Fellowship Award.  Edrie was a Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program in 2013 and is the Co-Founder of the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Edrie has presented numerous papers, countless workshops, and master classes at national and international conferences.  She regularly presents at the Voice Foundation Symposium, NATS National Conference, Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Mid-Atlantic NATS, Northwestern NATS, and universities throughout the United States.  She serves as a peer editor for various professional journals and publishers.  As a leading researcher in functional voice training and healthy vocal production, she has authored research publications in The Journal of Voice regarding the teaching of the Broadway voice.  Edrie’s first publication in The Journal of Voice (2003), led to establishing the Shenandoah University’s CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute.  She is a contributing author of four books: Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, The Vocal Athlete (second edition), The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for Teachers of Singing, and Training Contemporary Commercial Singers.  Edrie is on the Advisory Boards for the NATS National Musical Theatre Competition and NATS National Student Auditions, the Voice Foundation, the Pan American Vocology Association, and the Musical Theatre Educator’s Association.  Edrie is the biological daughter of The King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin.  Her students can be heard on Grammy Award recordings, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National and International Tours, Regional Theatre, TV (including The Voice, American Idol, Kidz Star USA), Recordings, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Films, NYC and Regional Cabaret Venues, Concert Halls and Opera Houses worldwide.  Edrie has been in demand as a contemporary music specialist.  She has sung lead roles in the world premieres of works by Philip Glass, Dominick Argento, Jacob Druckman, and in Kaballah by Stewart Wallace, in which the role of Binah was written for her and a CD recording made with Koch Records.  NPR broadcast Dominick Argento’s The Dream of Valentino, in which she created the role of Jean Aker and PBS broadcast Philip Glass’ The Making of The Representative of Planet 8, in which she created the role of Klin.  Nationally and internationally, she has appeared in leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Cleveland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Mid-Michigan, Opera Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and the State Opera of Cairo, Egypt.  Her many performances have been broadcast internationally on NPR and PBS. She was last seen nationally and internationally on TV in the role of Suzy in the opera La Rondine directed by Marta Domingo which was released on DVD by Decca.  In addition to her operatic roles, she has sung extensively in leading roles in musical and operetta productions, including Follies, My Fair Lady, Carousel, The King and I, West Side Story, Show Boat, The Sound of Music, The Merry Widow and Zorba.  Recitals in the United States and Canada include a New York City debut in the New York Festival of Songs Series with pianist Michael Barrett and Guest artist with symphony orchestras of Houston, Cleveland, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and the National Symphony.  Edrie was the standby for Patti LuPone in the title role of Regina at the Kennedy Center and was a member of the Sondheim production of Follies starring Bernadette Peters.  She has been on standby for Broadway stars Elaine Paige, Linda Lavin, and Terry White.  She returned recently to the Kennedy Center in My Fair Lady with Jonathan Pryce and Cloris Leachman.

Fermin Zubiaur

El Dr. Fermín Zubiaur se graduó como Médico Cirujano de la Universidad Panamericana (UP). Posteriormente, cursó la Especialidad en Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello  en el Hospital Español de México con aval por  la Universidad La Salle (ULSA), así como la Subespecialidad en Laringología (Medicina y Cirugía para los Trastornos de la Voz) en la Clínica de la Voz del Dr. James P. Thomas en Portland Oregon.

Es experto en:

- Microcirugía Laríngea
- Disfagia
- Nódulos
- Pólipos en Cuerdas Vocales
- Atención de la Voz Profesional y Cantada

Ha coordinado los programas de Laringologia y Fonocirugía de diversos congresos nacionales y recientemente en el congreso Panamericano de Otorrinolaringología en Orlando Florida. También ha impartido conferencias en numerosos congresos nacionales e internacionales como profesor invitado.

Es autor de artículos, publicaciones en revistas y en libros de la especialidad. Ha asistido a más de 110 cursos y congresos a nivel nacional e internacional y es profesor en distintos cursos de Otorrinolaringología.

Es miembro activo de diferentes asociaciones médicas, como la Sociedad Mexicana de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello A.C. (SMORLCCC), la Federación Mexicana de Otorrinolaringología y Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello A.C. (FESORMEX), la Voice Foundation de Estados Unidos y la Panamerican Vocology Association.

Actualmente, el Dr. Zubiaur Gomar atiende a sus pacientes en la Clínica de la Voz Polanco, en la Ciudad de México. Si deseas agendar una consulta con el especialista, sólo tienes que dar click en los botones LLAMAR o PEDIR CITA.

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