Paul M. Patinka (they/them/Mx.), MM, MM, Certificate in Vocology, is an independent researcher living in beautiful Providence, RI. Their research interests include bridging the intersectional gap to include race, queer, and gender studies in voice science and pedagogy. A frequent recitalist, Paul enjoys delving into underperformed works and the music of marginalized composers.
Communications Assistant Director
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Crystal Lau is a soprano, voice teacher, and vocal health advocate. She earned her M.M. in Voice Performance (specializing in Voice Science and Pedagogy), and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Speech-Language Pathology and Music), at Bowling Green State University. She also received a Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.) degree in dual major: Music and Communications at DePauw University.
Crystal created The Flux Singer website to share her personal story with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and promote the importance of vocal health for individuals with LPR symptoms. She also shared her research with a broad audience base: singers, voice teachers, researchers, and medical professionals. She won the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at BGSU and presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium and the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA) Symposium. She was an adjunct instructor at Owens Community College.
Outside of the voice world, Crystal is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, ZUMBA® Instructor, as well as a barista.