Dr. Hogikyan is a nationally recognized authority in the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. He has published dozens of manuscripts and book chapters in this field, has served on the Speech, Voice and Swallowing Disorders Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and on the editorial review board of major otolaryngology and voice-related journals. He has been the director of the Vocal Health Center since its establishment in 1996.
Our master’s-prepared speech pathologist is a licensed expert in evaluating and treating all types of voice disorders. Her voice evaluation includes acoustic and aerodynamic measurement of voice functioning in addition to a perceptual voice assessment. She use this information to design a tailored voice therapy plan, which may include traditional voice therapy techniques in addition to other complimentary modalities such as basic bodywork, myofacial techniques, laryngeal massage and singing. The goal of voice therapy is to restore balance and function to the vocal mechanism, allowing patients to return to their daily vocal workload.
Voice Training Specialists
Professor Herseth the Aurthur F. Thurnau Professor of Voice, has sung critically acclaimed leading roles in opera throughout Germany. She has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, Russia and Israel, including the La Scala Opera Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti in the world premiere of Richard Wernick's . . . and a time for peace, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Stuttgart State Theater Orchestra in the world premiere of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and The Folger Consort of Washington, D.C.
Melody Racine, mezzo soprano, associate professor, former chair of the Department of Voice, and currently associate dean for academic affairs, is a master teacher in the fields of classical performance and musical theatre. She is a recipient of the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio instruction. In addition, she maintains a studio of professional singers who grace the Broadway stage and the operatic stage. Gavin Creel, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Alex Gemignani, and Daniel Reichard-to name but a few-are presently making a difference in the world of musical theatre.
As highly trained professional singers and professors at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, our voice training specialists employ their extensive expertise and experience to facilitate the healing and training of patients from all walks of life. They strive to meet the needs of each patient through a carefully crafted course of action that includes breath management, resonance, vocal function and flexibility, thereby improving quality of life and work.