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Transgender Singing Voice Conference returns to Earlham on March 30-31

March 01, 2019

A two-day workshop and celebration of the transgender and non-binary singing community is returning to Earlham College.

The second biannual Transgender Singing Voice Conference takes place on March 30-31 at the College’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The conference is a multidisciplinary, research and practice-oriented event and includes general sessions on terminology, etiquette, and legal information.

“We are dedicated to bringing together voice instructors, educators and medical professionals that serve the trans and non-binary singing community,” says Danielle Cozart Steele, an adjunct instructor at Earlham who founded the conference in 2017. “We also want to provide real hands-on and practical experience for trans and non-binary singers.

“Trans people often find that they are experiencing dysphoria around their singing and speaking voice, so we’re offering the kind of tools for making the transition easier and for accessing a voice that feels truly and deeply authentic for that person,” she says.

Registration is free for students and anyone for whom cost is prohibitive, $50 for eligible young professionals and $100 for all other professionals.

“We want as many people as possible to attend this event,” Cozart Steele says. “When I organized this first conference there was no research surrounding transgender or non-binary voice issues, and we really wanted to change that. Fast forward two years and the research has exploded. It’s beautiful that so many collaborations and research projects have developed over the last two years, some as a direct result of this conference.”

Similarly, the second biannual event aims to produce new research, collaborations and networking opportunities for transgender and non-binary singers. One unique feature of this year’s event is that organizers are soliciting musical scores by, for and about trans or non-binary issues.

“Earlham’s choirs will be there to help us read through these pieces,” Cozart Steele says. “We’re encouraging trans composers or someone who wishes to honor the trans experience to compose a piece on those themes.”

This year’s conference is sponsored by Earlham’s Center for Social Justice, Earlham Center for Global Health, and the Earlham School of Religion. For more information, visit

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