During the menopausal transition, which can start ten years before menopause and last for several more years after, there will be times when hormones fluctuate substantially from day to day. The voice, unfortunately, can seem unreliable and unpredictable because of the hormone roller coaster. At certain phases of the hormonal journey, many women need empathy and skilled assistance. Millions of women around the world are on the same path, and we no longer need to walk that path alone. Working together gives us a better understanding of the vocal issues women might face...
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"Val is a 64-year old retired business woman who grew up in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural home, studied piano, and has sung her whole life. She is in good health. After her husband passed, she decided to renew herself by studying singing and exploring jazz standards in several languages..."
"This post suggests ways to conduct choir rehearsals with practical tools for helping cis-gender female singers ages 45 and up. This demographic often experiences hormonal changes to their singing voices that can result in pitch and stamina issues, excessive throat dryness and mental focus, through no fault of their own...
This article, published in Classical Singer Magazine in 2005, is Joanne's story from that time. "I share it because the subject needs to be out in the open, and because if I had been more informed a few years ago, my confusion and vocal discouragement might have been minimized."
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