Riva Capellari

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Located in Brookside in the heart of Kansas City

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We Must Not Be Silent

World Voice Day is April 16th.

It was established in Brazil in 1999 as the Brazilian National Voice Day by a group of physicians, speech-language pathologists and singing teachers. Today it is celebrated worldwide as World Voice Day.

This year’s theme is One World/Many Voices. I imagine this choice is in response to events confronting us all over the world. The idea that all voices add to the richness of our whole world is one worth repeating, celebrating and fighting for.

When I first began to teach, I focused on training the mechanics of the voice and the interpretation of the music. As a seasoned singer and instructor, I have expanded my instruction into a more metaphoric realm, expounding upon the importance of the expressing and sharing of ideas, thoughts and ideals. Our voices can demand we be counted, be heard.

The diversity of voices provides businesses, communities, even our own family and circle of friends, a deeper understanding of each other, of needs we are unaware, of opinions we might dismiss.

Singing brings me enormous joy. It is an essential part of my life. But my voice has also become a channel through which I can stand up to injustice and hate, to question people’s actions and to support others. And so I not only teach people how to use their voices well but how to strengthen and care for them. Because without a strong and healthy voice, who we are will be smothered by loud noise. Our voices give us a way to not be silent.


Chronic Vocal Symptoms ov COVID 19

Some people who have had COVID continue to struggle with chronic symptoms, including vocal symptoms, even after 1o months or more. For those who use their voices professionally, either speaking or singing, these continuing symptions have created problems for them in ther work and personal lives. They have suffered from intermittent to persistent hoarseness, discomfort

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Resilience in Action

Resilience: 1) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; 2) the ability to spring back, elasticity.*

This past summer, I inundated myself with free webinars, trying to be productive, fulfilling a sense of purpose. In one such webinar, I watched a video by a gentleman who practices building his resilience every

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The Voice as a Gift

During the time of the pandemic (as it will be called I am sure when we reminisce about it), I have luxuriated in one of my most favorite of activities – reading. Gleaning my “must reads” from the end of the year NYTimes Best Books List, I have been leisurely running through them, checking out

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How the Virus Spread through the Air

I found this interactive article to be very helpful in understanding what scientists are talking about when they speak of aerolization of particles and how they can spread the virus to others in a room even with distance and masks.

COVID After Effects- Concerns for Singers

Almost a year later I am still writing about COVID and its negative effects for singers. Surviving COVID is of course the number one outcome we all want, but “long-haulers” are those that continue to have deleterious “after effects” officially known as “sequelae”. Here are a few:

Lung capacity can be reduced through pulmonary fibrosis

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