by Karen Brunssen, Northwestern University

Prof. Brunssen will share her research on “The Evolving Voice: Profound at Every Age.”

This multi-media presentation will include vocal science, sound clips, vocal pedagogy, and personal anecdotes.


The chronological life of our singing voices begins with the first cry as a newborn and continues throughout our entire lives.  At every age, function is dependent on where the body is within progressive and constant changes. Exercising the singing voice regularly increases the elasticity of the muscles of breathing and the larynx.

The singer’s instrument is the respiratory system. It reflects emotions, hormones, illnesses, medications, muscular training, youth, and maturity. No two people have the same vocal instrument, and it changes constantly throughout life.

Karen Brunssen - The Evolving Voice

Professor Brunssen has made her presentation handout available (PDF format)