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International Center for Voice

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The International Centre for Voice (ICV) was established in 2000 at Central School of Speech & Drama,University of London, to serve the professional development of teachers and users of voice and speech.

After a brief hiatus during which its activities were suspended, the ICV was re-launched in 2009 in a format that is scaled down but that yet meets the needs of today's voice and speech practitioners. ICVmembership is open to fully qualified or practising teachers of voice and speech along with other professionals voice users such as actors, singers, teachers and directors.

The vision for the future of the The International Centre for Voice (ICV) is based on three core aims:

1. To create and maintain a professional forum, resource base and network for teachers and other interested professionals by establishing:

  • formal links with allied professional organisations
  • an international directory for voice teachers
  • a website and discussion group

2. To provide training and professional updating for voice teachers by offering:

  • refresher courses and further specialist training for established teachers of voice and speech
  • an advice and consultancy service for voice teachers working across the spectrum of voice teaching: voice and dialect coaching in the professional theatre; voice and speech in actor training; voice and song; voice and movement; voice and speech with professional voice users; and voice and speech for personal development.

3. To promote research and development in the field of voice training by establishing:

  • a journal for the documentation and dissemination of good practice across the spectrum of voice teaching.

It is intended that ultimately all these facets will be operational however it is prudent in the current climate to grow slowly only expanding as our membership income (and thus funding and volunteer workforce) permits.

As an initial step ICV will pursue the following activities:

  • provide Membership Secretary services, promote ICV and recruit new members
  • arrange and administrate 3 workshops per year hosted by The Central School of Speech and Drama
  • create an online forum for members
  • provide space at Central for a Community Evening several times a year for members to meet, share technical and social news, exchange best practice and provide mutual support and advice, particularly for sole practitioners/freelance professionals.

The ICV must be largely self funding. It follows, therefore, that a critical mass of membership fee income must flow to provide the necessary resources for this activity. It is hoped that all interested voice practitioners will put as much effort as they are able into helping us to recruit members. After formal launch, a review of membership activity will take place after an 18 month period at which time it will be assessed whether additional services might be added.