On Sunday, April 15, the Pediatric Voice Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a World Voice Day celebration. World Voice Day is celebrated each year and recognizes the uniqueness of everyone’s voice.
The family-friendly event served as an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn fun facts about the voice and enjoy featured performances from local/regional choirs and musical theater programs, including recording artist and songwriter, Julia Rae Schlucter, Walnut Street Theater’s cast of Annie, and the chorus group from the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia, among many others.
“The World Voice Day celebration was equal parts fun as it was educational for all attendees,” says Karen Zur, MD, director of the Pediatric Voice Program and Associate Director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at CHOP. “It is always rewarding to have an opportunity to teach children about the science behind their voices. To see them eagerly participating in the activities and performances was gratifying.”
The Pediatric Voice Program at CHOP is the only multidisciplinary pediatric clinic serving the greater Philadelphia area, and one of only a few programs nationwide that is dedicated to comprehensive voice treatment for children. It is part of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders at CHOP, where airway team members routinely treat some of the most complex airway disorders in the world.