Webinar — Reentry after COVID - Concerns for Singers

June 23, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 PM


Wednesday June 23, 2021 8 – 9:30 pm ET | No advance registration required

Via Official NATS YouTube Channel

The webinar "Reentry after COVID - Concerns for Singers" is a sequel presented by the same team who produced last year’s well-received NATS webinar, “After COVID: Concerns for Singers.” The companion paper, published by Journal of Voice, had over 60,000 shares on social media, and broke records for readership and downloads. "Reentry after COVID" will consider new COVID-19 related concerns as teachers, singers, coaches and pianists all prepare for in-person collaboration. While private studio owners can make their own rules, reentry after COVID for institutionally-based singers is more complicated by a number of factors, including: vaccine hesitancy among both students and teachers, changing CDC recommendations, and university administrations anxious to return to in-person teaching and learning. This webinar, and its upcoming companion article in the Journal of Voice, will provide fact-based evidence to all singers, including private studio owners and other free agents, to help them safely navigate the coming changes. Topics include:

  • Updated information on Aerosols, Droplets and Fomites
  • To Mask or Not to Mask?
  • Vaccination Issues:
    • Efficacy
    • Hesitancy among both Students and Teachers
    • The Intersection of HIPAA, FERPA, and the Rights of Teachers
  • Ventilation Issues:
    • CO2 metering
    • HEPA filtering
    • Air change between lessons
  • Psychological Factors and Lingering Pandemic Trauma

The “Reentry” webinar will conclude with a short Q&A session, and two new resources will be available as handouts for attendees:

  • What Kind of HEPA Filter Unit Do You Need?
  • Updated Risk Assessment Tool


Lynn Helding, MM; Professor of Vocal Arts and Opera, Coordinator, Vocology and Voice Pedagogy, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Allen Henderson, DMA; Professor of Music, Georgia Southern University and NATS Executive Director


David Meyer, DM; Associate Professor of Voice and Voice pedagogy and Director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center at Shenandoah Conservatory

John Nix, MM; Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, University of Texas/San Antonio

Thomas Leigh Carroll, MD; Director of the Voice Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School

Jeremy S. Faust, MD, attending physician in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Health Policy and Public Health, and instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is also the conductor and artistic director of The Longwood Chorus, an ensemble of health, medicine, and science professionals and students in the Boston area.”

Wendy LeBorgne, Ph.D. CCC-SLP; Voice Pathologist, Vocal Athlete Specialist & Independent Communication Consultant. CEO/Owner, Professional Voice Consultants, LLC