Noted Boston surgeon to participate in voice seminar

On Jan. 22-24, noted Boston throat specialist Dr. James Burns will be a guest faculty member at the third annual Contemporary Commercial Music Seminar offered by the UMass Dartmouth Music Department.

Burns, a partner of world-renowned voice specialist Dr. Steven Zeitels, is a staff surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation. The clinic cares for the voices of many celebrity clients, including singer Steve Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith.

Burns will discuss vocal anatomy and health for CCM singers who perform rock, pop, jazz, gospel, music theater and other commercial styles Jan. 23.

The weekend seminar will be taught by N. Y. singing voice specialist Jeannette LoVetri. The seminar is coordinated by jazz vocalist and educator Marcelle Gauvin, on faculty at UMass Dartmouth and an instructor at LoVetri’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The work featured is Somatic Voicework, LoVetri’s 21st century method for teaching contemporary commercial music styles. The technique rests upon voice science research, vocal health practices and mor than three decades of LoVetri’s teaching experience. The course has garnered rave reviews from teachers of singing, performers and related professionals such as choral directors and speech pathologists, and now has over 400 graduates nationally and worldwide.

For more information, contact Gauvin at, Michelle Cieto at the UMD Music Department, (508) 999-8568, or go to for course and registration details.

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