The Cascade NATS Chapter Presents:

Voice and Choral Pedagogy for Transgender and Non-Binary Singers Webinar

Date: Saturday, March 20 – Tuesday, March 23, 2021
All session recordings and materials will be available for 2 months for registered participants.
Platform: Zoom
Event Coordinator: Sarah Maines,

SCHEDULE OVERVIEWClick here for the detailed webinar schedule

Day I: Choral Pedagogy

Clinician: William Sauerland

William Sauerland (he/them) offers a day-long introductory course on teaching trans(gender) and gender expansive singers. Setting the stage for a two-day workshop with The Voice Lab, Dr. Sauerland provides valuable information about the experiences and perspectives of gender expansive vocalists. Dr. Sauerland’s workshop is geared towards choral conductors and voice teachers, providing a broad range of tools, exercises, and practices appropriate for the choral setting and applied studio. Informed through personal experience and data drawn from the presenter’s research, this interactive clinic guarantees to impart the fundamentals of gender expansive vocal and choral pedagogy for vocal music teachers.

Day II-IV: Applied Voice Pedagogy

Clinicians: Liz Jackson Hearns and Alexandra Plattos Sulack

The Voice Lab, Inc. co-founders Liz Jackson Hearns (she/her/they/them) and Alexandra Plattos Sulack (she/her) guide singing teachers through this in-depth and interactive training experience in voice pedagogy for transgender and non-binary students. Topics include considerations for voice range and repertoire, hormone therapy for singers, techniques for gender-perceived voice, and general voice health. Attendees will also participate in demonstrations of singing voice asculinization and feminization techniques through master classes and break-out sessions.

Day II Bonus Session with Queer Opera
Beyond the Pants Role: Mindful Casting for Queer Singers

Panelists: Chuck Dillard, Rebecca Herman, Jena Viemeister, and Wyatt Jackson

Queer Opera is a performance organization that shares queer stories through opera, casts singers without the restrictive traditions of voice type or gender, and creates new experiences for audiences. Singers in the LGBTQIA+ community are provided a stage to present their authentic selves and explore operatic relationships that align with their identities, while singers that are straight allies have the opportunity to participate in queer storytelling. QO’s latest production is a collaboration with the PSU Opera program to present Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief with two non-traditional castings. In this session, conference participants will hear from QO’s founder Chuck Dillard, stage director Rebecca Herman, and singers Jena Viemeister and Wyatt Jackson about the process of creating and participating in a gender swapping virtual opera during a worldwide pandemic!

Special Guests: Transpose PDX and Queer Opera

Registration closes: March 19, 2021

Registration costs:
Member: $100
Non-Member: $125
Student: $50