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The VOICE UNMASKED is a wonderful opportunity for all those interested in voice to come together...

We thought the time was perhaps right to begin our new normality, and to discuss subjects and themes that are highly relevant. Hence, the topics of Post-Covid Voice, Technology and Voice, and the Embodied Voice seem more than apt for our times. Each topic, in its way, has the potential to add clarity to our world and, by exploring these topics, we will all seek to ‘unmask’ the voice in its many manifestations. Our carefully selected keynotes, invited presenters and panellists are known for their expertise in their respective areas.


On behalf of the AVA Board, I warmly invite you to attend this long-awaited conference,



Professor Diane Hughes

AVA President

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Access Selected Video Recordings

Missed the conference?

Access video recordings of the keynote presentations and selected talks

The Australian Voice Association brought together voice professions and practitioners to its 2022 National Conference, The Voice Unmasked, in August of this year at the University of Technology, Sydney.

If you missed the conference, we welcome you to purchase and view five selected recorded presentations and keynotes.

Recorded presentations include talks and seminars on the topics of Post-Covid Voice, Technology and Voice, and the Embodied Voice. Each topic, in its way, has the potential to add clarity to our world and, by exploring these topics, we will all seek to ‘unmask’ the voice in its many manifestations. Our carefully selected keynotes, invited presenters and panellists are known for their expertise in their respective areas:

Includes the following five selected talks:

Keynote Speakers

  • Vocal Wellness, Resilience and Sustainability in a Changing Climate - with Keynote Speaker, Associate Professor Debra Phyland

  • The Captured Voice - with Keynote Speaker, Professor Julian Knowles


Other Presentations

  • Enhancing vocal presence with embodied voice training - with Voice and Dialect Coach, Amy Hume

  • All of Me: Unlocking the 'Invisible Instrument' - with Classical Soprano and Lecturer in Voice, Shelli Hulcombe

  • Covid Layngology Care in the UK -  with Anthony Rotman


An email with a download link and password will be provided to you upon purchase and the cost is $75AUD

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Keynote Speakers & Invited Presenters

Keynote Speakers and Invited Presenters

Vocal Wellness, Resilience and Sustainability
in a Changing Climate

Associate Professor Debra Phyland
Keynote Speaker

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Never has vocal wellness been more threatened in the 21st century than the last two and a half years of the global pandemic. COVID has wreaked havoc on the mental health and livelihoods of occupational voice-users (OVU) and performers in particular. Aside from the obviously devastating social, economic and wellbeing impacts, and associated lockdowns and lifestyle changes, COVID ’s proclivity for entry and passage through the unified airway and symptom complex has also directly jeopardised vocal health. In comparison, presentations of Irritable larynx syndrome, vocal paresis, chronic cough, respiratory infection, functional airway obstruction disorder (vocal cord dysfunction, EDAC and dysfunctional breathing), muscle tension dysphonia and related vocal fatigue syndromes have been disproportionately represented over this period.


In this presentation, Debbie will review the recent laryngology literature, present clinical data and reflect on her recent experiences working clinically as a speech pathologist with different voice user groups and as a voice consultant working in the massively-disrupted but resilient performing arts industry. She will describe her observations of shifts in voice care and suggestions how to be better equipped to adapt to the continued physical and psychological challenges to vocal health and ways in which to increase vocal fortitude. As all now try to breathe easier and performers somewhat gingerly return to ‘treading the boards’, there is a need to pre-habilitate and think smarter so as to be well armoured and build vocal sustainability in a changed and still changing environment.

About Associate Professor Debra Phyland

Dr Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 36 years in acute hospital settings, part-time lecturing in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects and running her private voice practice. Debbie is also a music theatre singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. As well as being a co-founder and owner of the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre team, Debbie is the principal speech pathologist (SP) for Voice Medicine Australia (a team of 8 speech pathologists dedicated to all things ‘splaryngology’). She is appointed as Associate Professor for the School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University working part-time as Director of Clinical Research Director for the ENT, Head and Neck Department of Monash Health.

For over twenty-two years, Debbie has been the resident voice consultant for Melbourne Theatre Company and countless professional national music theatre productions, including currently Frozen, Moulin Rouge and Six the Musical. In recognition of her sustained input, she was the recipient of a Victorian Green Room Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage’ in 2012 and an Australian Voice Association award for ‘Outstanding contribution to the Australian voice community’ in 2014.  

Debbie is well published and regularly invited to present at international conferences. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has also been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Award (2010) for ‘Outstanding contribution to the profession’. She has won several other awards and scholarships, including a two-year fulltime Garnet-Passe Post-Doctoral fellowship, 2016-2018.

Debbie is a past-president of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (2014-2017), past board member of the Australian Voice Association and current Chair of the Voice Committee for International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP).  Her research and clinical interests include neurolaryngology, professional and occupational voice disorders, outcome measurement, functional airway obstruction disorders, voice assessment and rehabilitation.

The Captured Voice

Professor Julian Knowles
Keynote Speaker

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Voice, as an acoustic instrument, is very different to voice in its amplified or recorded forms. This presentation addresses the concept of the ‘mediated voice’ in recording and amplified performance contexts. It considers the signal chain from sound capture to resultant output, the ways in which the voice is shaped and produced by various technological interventions and the way vocal performances are ‘constructed’ in recording contexts.


This has implications for the ways voice is heard by both performers and audiences, and has ramifications for the health and care of the performing voice. The presentation has relevance to those working with voice, and others from a performative perspective.

About Professor Julian Knowles

Professor Julian Knowles specialises in creative applications of new and emerging technologies. His research spans the fields of media arts, music, sound design and experimental media. Since 2013, Julian has been Chair of MusicNSW, the peak body for the music industry in NSW. He is currently the Discipline Chair, Media and Communications, Macquarie University.


Julian’s sustained program of practice-based research demonstrates a long-standing, high-level engagement with technologically-mediated sound practices and the relationships between audio-visual media. This has resulted in the creation of more than 50 innovative works that have been disseminated by high profile record labels, broadcasters and art institutions internationally.  In the course of his career Julian has worked with many of Australia’s best-known sound artists and has been a member of the Australian electro-environmental audio group Social Interiors since the mid 1990s. As a solo artist, Julian’s music and audio/visual works have been presented at events and venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Experimental Intermedia in New York City, What is Music?, Australian Perspecta, Liquid Architecture, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Sydney Opera House.  

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Invited Presenters & Workshops

Enhancing vocal presence with embodied voice training

Amy Hume
Voice and Dialect Coach

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In her work in theatre and television, voice and dialect practitioner Amy Hume works with actors to embody the voices of their characters and create captivating performances. Audiences are drawn in by an actor’s presence and scope and are transfixed by the lives of characters on stage and screen. Hundreds of hours are dedicated to actors training their voices for range, versatility and flexibility – but what is it to have an ‘embodied voice’? And how does it serve people beyond the realm of theatre?

In this presentation, Amy will share her experience of being a Designated Linklater Voice teacher in Australian drama schools, give insight into embodied voice training, and share how she uses the work with non-actors to enhance vocal presence in their social, professional, or academic lives. Interactive elements will guide you towards an embodied understanding of practical voice training and offer you techniques for making sure your voice is heard in the moments you need it most.  


About Amy Hume

Amy Hume is a Lecturer in Voice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and voice and dialect coach for theatre and screen. Recent theatre credits include The Sound Inside, Cyrano (Melbourne Theatre Company), An American in Paris (Australian Ballet and GBS), Six the Musical Australia; Billy Elliot Australia (LWAA), White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company), Merrily We Roll Along (Hayes) and Fangirls (Queensland Theatre/Belvoir). Recent coaching for screen includes Bad Behaviour (Stan), New Gold Mountain (SBS), and The Secrets She Keeps (Ten). Amy previously taught BFA Acting and MFA Voice students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 2015 – 2019. Amy also facilitates voice training for individuals and organisations across different industries, recently working with NSW Parliament, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, and NSW Department of Education. She is a Designated Linklater Teacher and currently serves on the Board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the international organisation for voice and dialect practitioners.


All of Me: Unlocking the 'Invisible Instrument'

Shelli Hulcombe
Classical Soprano and Lecturer in Voice

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The act of singing can be broken down into a tangible series of physical actions involving respiratory and laryngeal mechanics. Thanks to ongoing advancements in voice science, we now largely understand how each of these tasks correlate to acoustic output and how they may be adjusted to influence aspects of singing such as pitch, volume, registration and resonance. This knowledge has been invaluable in the promotion of a fact-based, scientific singing voice pedagogy which is underpinned by a contextual understanding of function and anatomy.

However, most singers continue to describe their own voices, and approach to singing, in a visceral manner via the use of imagery, metaphor and emotive language (as do the audiences who listen to them). For centuries, singing was taught without the use of technology and with a limited understanding of vocal anatomy. And yet, voice teachers were still able to develop in their students a capacity for great technical proficiency and expressive singing. There is no doubt that a pedagogical approach rooted in scientific and anatomical awareness is of benefit to the voice teacher. But what else is involved in successful singing and singing teaching? How do singers learn to fully embody their voices for maximum self-expression? How do singing teachers help bridge the gap between anatomical understanding and sensory experience for their students?

Expressive singing requires a delicate balance of a range of cognitive functions, not reliant solely on physical co-ordination. By drawing on current understandings in literature across the areas of embodied cognition, motor learning and primal sound theory, this presentation will provide a rationale for the use of a holistic approach to singing and singing teaching, as well as identifying potential implications for those involved in the care of the singing voice.


About Shelli Hulcombe

Shelli Hulcombe is a classical soprano and Lecturer in Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Australia. She completed performance studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, furthering her studies in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Other qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Music (Sydney University) and a Master of Music Studies majoring in Vocal Pedagogy (Griffith University).

Shelli has appeared in principal operatic roles and concert performances with many of Australia’s leading state orchestras and ensembles, as well as undertaking  international engagements in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.

​Shelli is a passionate educator of both singers and singing teachers. She served as President for ANATS (The Australian Association of Teachers of Singing) from 2017-2021 and is currently the Vice President of this association. She was for many years an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is in demand as an adjudicator and masterclass presenter. Shelli’s research interests include the use of cross-genre training to improve vocal outcomes for the classical singer and she is currently completing PhD studies in this area.

Inside Your Instrument: Laryngeal Function Under Endoscopic Light

Dr. Georgina Harris & Cecelia Pemberton

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This workshop will demonstrate laryngeal function under endoscopic and stroboscopic light.

It will allow attendees to see what happens when we adopt different vocal styles, accents and voice production techniques.

This interactive session will include live videostroboscopy to share a holistic view of your voice.

●    ENT “cooks tour” of the larynx and what we look at during routine voice examination
●    Speech pathologist – some of the well known therapies and how they affect laryngeal structure
●    Singing teacher – well known exercises and how this relates to laryngeal structure
●    Spoken voice – the effects of accent of the laryngeal structures


Program & Presenters
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View the Conference Program + Presenters on Post-Covid Voice, Technology and Voice & Embodied Voice

*The program is correct at the time of release and may undergo minor updates. Please refer back to this website for updates.

Conference Location & Venue

The conference will be held at:

The University of Technology, Sydney

Building 11, Room CB11.00.401 Lecture Theatre

Please find below a link to the interactive maps on the UTS Campus.


Please find below the a link for your mobile phone which helps you find your way if you are lost.

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Locatin & Venue

Friday Night Soirée & Catering Fully Included

Delegate participation includes attendance to the Friday Night Soirée held at the Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park.

Catering during the conference will be provided.

  • Kensington Room

  • For directions to the Four Points by Sheraton, click here:

  • Attire: Smart Casual

  • The Four Points by Sheraton is a 2min walk from Building 11, UTS (Conference Venue)

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Accomodation Option:

Take advantage of special conference delegate rates at the Four Points by Sheraton:


Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park

88 Broadway Hotel Entrance Via, 4 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008

Option 1: A minimum two (2) night stay at $265 per Superior Room per night room only 

Option 2: A minimum two (2) night stay at $285 per Superior Room per night including a full breakfast for one (1) person in Central Quarter Restaurant each morning.


To book with this rate please contact Group Manager, Christie Geddes 


To visit the Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park Website, Click Here

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