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Voice Use for Professional and Amateur Singers

Contact Information
Voice and Swallowing Clinic, UW Hospital
(608) 263-6190
Voice Clinic, 1 S. Park
(608) 287-2500
woman singingUW Health physicians and support staff understand the importance of voice quality to singers.
Whether a singer is a professional operatic performer or is someone who has enjoyed singing in the community for many years, anyone who identifies him or herself as a singer feels that singing is an important means of expression.
For some, singing is their life's work - while for others, singing it is merely a social outlet. Regardless, when any singer's voice becomes disordered, or dysphonic, it especially important to seek medical advice.
Changes to a Singer's Voice
From a medical perspective, singers are both special and challenging patients. The larynx, or voice box, is an exquisitely balanced instrument that is made up of many different muscles, nerves, cartilages and other tissues.
In order to produce normal sounds, all of these components must be functioning perfectly. For singers, tiny changes in the larynx can result in significant changes in the sound of the voice. Changes to the larynx can be caused by:
  • Common colds
  • Humidity levels
  • Exposure to irritants in the air
  • Aging
  • Changing hormone levels
  • Allergies
  • Dietary changes

Care for Professional and Amateur Singers


UW Health provides comprehensive diagnosis and care for all types of singers. Patients are treated by an expert team that includes laryngologists, speech pathologists and other professionals who are experienced in providing treatment services to singers of all experience levels.


A Singer's Experience


"They gave me clear-cut answers," says Kitt Reuter-Foss, a Madison-based opera singer who was treated by UW Hospital and Clinics' voice and voice disorder research program. "I had complete trust in them, and it was fun to be able to talk vocal shop with a doctor."


A Singer's Story: Kitt Reuter-Foss