Singing voice specialists
Singing voice specialists are speech pathologists with extensive background in singing as well as vocal teaching and coaching.
Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP is a singing voice specialist, clinical associate faculty and Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development at the Duke Voice Care Center. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, where she completed an internship in voice disorders and voice rehabilitation for the performing voice at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also holds bachelors and masters degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University. As a member of the Duke Voice Care Center team, she provides voice evaluation and clinical rehabilitation therapy to singers, actors and other vocal performers with voice disorders. A voice teacher for over 25 years,
Scearce has served on the artist faculties of Bowling Green State University, Meredith College, Brigham Young University of Hawaii and the University of Southern Maine. She currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music in the Duke University Department of Music, where she acts as consultant in vocal health and wellness. Her performance experience includes appearances as leading soprano and soloist with opera companies, orchestras, and music festivals across the United States, and she maintains an active performance career. Scearce is a frequent speaker on the topic of the singing voice at national and international voice conferences, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, The National Center for Voice and Speech, the McIver Lecture in Vocal Pedagogy and the North Carolina Regional Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and serves as member at large for the North Carolina Regional Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America.
Tara Nixon, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, is a singing voice specialist and clinical speech-language pathologist at the Duke Voice Care Center. Nixon received her Bachelor’s degree in music from New College of Florida in 2007. She continued her education at Appalachian State University where she received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2010 and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012. Her graduate studies culminated with a clinical internship at the Duke Voice Care Center during the summer of 2012, during which she received comprehensive training in voice evaluation and rehabilitation. Nixon is a voice teacher and trained singer in many styles and has a passion for treating singers who have voice disorders.
Emily Scheuring, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a clinical speech-language pathologist for the Duke Voice Care Center. Scheuring received her BA in vocal performance and speech and hearing science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and her MEd in speech-language pathology from the University of Virginia in 2010. During graduate school, Scheuring completed her final clinical practicum in speech-language pathology at Duke Voice Care Center, where she underwent extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. While Scheuring enjoys working with patients representing the full gamut of voice disorder populations, she holds special interest in rehabilitating the singing voice. She is currently working on her second master’s degree in vocal pedagogy at UNC-Greensboro.