World Voice Day is a worldwide event that serves to inform the public of the importance of the human voice, the need for preventive voice care, and treatment options for voice problems. The event takes place on April 16 each year.
Duke Voice Care Center kicked off their fifth annual celebration of World Voice Day a day early when the event’s guest speaker, world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes, appeared on WUNC’s "The State of Things."
Events continued that evening with a master class for area singers taught by Estes and co-hosted by Duke Voice Care Center and Duke Department of Music.
The DVCC main World Voice Day event was held at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel and was filled with voice screenings, question-and-answer sessions, classes, refreshments, door prizes, and an interview with Estes.
This year’s event was hosted by Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s daily talk show “The State of Things.”
Stasio moderated a panel discussion with former DVCC patients on “What it’s like to have a voice problem,” and also interviewed Simon Estes, recipient of the 2011 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness.
In 2010, Duke Voice Care Center established the Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness, to be presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to increasing awareness of vocal health. This award is a memorial to Dr. Patrick D. Kenan of Duke University Medical Center.
As part of Duke Voice Care Center’s World Voice Day 2011 celebration, Simon Estes was presented with this award. Estes contributes to vocal health awareness through the longevity of his performing career, his practice and promotion of excellent vocal health habits, and his excellence in teaching singers.
Estes’ performing career spans five decades, and he enjoys the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe. He has performed at every major opera house in the world, and has appeared in performances at the White House, Kennedy Center, the United Nations, the Olympic Games, the World Cup and the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration.
Estes still finds time to share his love and knowledge of music with students from elementary school through college, and he founded the Simon Estes Music High School for underprivileged children in Cape Town South Africa.
Take a tour of the activities at World Voice Day 2011.