The vocal load of Reform Jewish Cantors in the USA

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objective: Jewish cantors comprise a subset of vocal professionals that is not well understood by vocal health professionals. This study aimed to document the vocal demands, vocal training, reported incidence of voice problems, and treatment-seeking behavior of Reform Jewish cantors. Methods: The study used a prospective observational design to anonymously query Reform Jewish cantors using a 35-item multiple-choice survey distributed online. Demographic information, medical history, vocal music training, cantorial duties, history of voice problems, and treatment-seeking behavior were addressed. Results: Results indicated that many of the commonly associated risk factors for developing voice disorders were present in this population, including high vocal demands, reduced vocal downtime, allergies, and acid reflux. Greater than 65% of the respondents reported having had a voice problem that interfered with their ability to perform their duties at some time during their careers. Conclusion: Reform Jewish cantors are a population of occupational voice users who may be currently unidentified and underserved by vocal health professionals. The results of the survey suggest that Reform Jewish cantors are occupational voice users and are at high risk for developing voice disorders. © 2012 The Voice Foundation.
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    Published In

  • Journal of Voice  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Hapner E; Gilman M
  • Start Page

  • 201
  • End Page

  • 204
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 2