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Karen Wicklund

Dr. Karen Wicklund

Dr. Karen Wicklund, DM, MHS CCC-SLP, SVS is Director of Florida Center for Professional Voice (FCPV) in Lakewood Ranch, FL, where she provides singing lessons, licensed voice therapy, foreign and regional accent modification and coporate speech training, as well as singing voice specialist training for voice teachers and continuing education offerings for speech-language pathologists and choral directors She was former director of Chicago Center for Professional Voice, where from 1995-2014 she collaborated with many Chicago laryngologists (Bastian, Sims, Heman-Ackah, Bove, Charous and others) in treating singers and other professional voice users with voice disorders. She is also a past adjunct faculty graduate supervisor for the Department of Communication Disorders at Governors State University.

Dr. Wicklund has sung leading roles with the San Francisco, Santa Fe, Lake George, Omaha, Hinsdale, and other American opera companies in productions including The Magic Flute, La Boheme, Cosi fan Tutte, and others. She has appeared in concert in Chicago and Minneapolis Orchestra Halls, and has been a soloist under conductors David Willcocks, Semyon Bychkov, John DeMain, Thomas Hoekstra, and others. She has also appeared in concert at the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and with the West Suburban, Adrian, St. Paul Civic, Grand Rapids and other regional symphony orchestras.

Dr. Wicklund is an Emerita Associate Professor of Music in Voice at Western Michigan University where she was also a graduate clinic supervisor at WMU's Van Riper Clinic for Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders. Dr. Wicklund is former faculty member at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Washington State University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Trinity Christian College. She received a D.M. in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and a B.A. Cum Laude in Voice and French Horn from St. Olaf College. She also has an MHS in Speech Pathology from Governors State University, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA, and has a subspecialty in treating singers and speakers with injured voices.   She also has certifications/competency training in Resonant Voice Therapy, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Manual Circumlaryngeal Massage, Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) treatment, Compton PESL Accent Modification training and an Illinois Competency in Rigid Videolaryngostroboscopy. In 2011 and again in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Dr. Wicklund joined a select group of speech-language pathologists who have been awarded the ASHA ACE Award for Continuing Education, by earning over 70 hours in continuing education credits within a three-year period.

Dr. Wicklund is also a specialist in healthy musical theater singing techniques (healthy "belting") and has presented her workshops around the country.  Her singers have been seen on the stages of Broadway (Legally Blonde), Drury Lane (Spelling Bee), Marriot Lincolnshire (Guys and Dolls, Chicago Light Opera Works, Chicago Lyric Opera and other theaters throughout the country.

An internationally known vocal pedagogue and singer's wellness specialist, Prof. Wicklund was chosen as one of only 12 singer/teachers worldwide to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program in 1995. Additionally, health education positions for the National Cancer Institute office in Chicago and MacNeal Hospital's Women's HealthCare and Wellness Centers have inspired her research interest in singer's wellness. She has presented her research papers at the national conventions of the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, and the American Speech and Hearing Association, Occupational Voice Foundation in London, and has published articles in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, NATS Journal of Singing, Liturgy 90, American Organist and Women of Note Quarterly and Voice Notes of NYSTA. She was also named to the 2000 edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Her textbook "Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Guide for the Voice Teacher and SLP" is available from Delmar Cengage Publishing through Her text was called "a monumental addition to the field of vocal health" by NATS Journal of Singing reviewer Debra Greschner.

Dr. Wicklund is the winner of numerous awards, among them the First Place Winner of the San Francisco Opera Center Auditions, Metropolitan Opera Regional Semi-Finalist, National Finalist in the American Opera Auditions and Emma Roe Award Winner, Ragland Opera Fellowship at Northwestern University, Emma Roe and Union League Awards, and National Finalist in the 1981 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards.

Dr. Wicklund's performances have included a Messiah at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Sheremetyevsky Palace,a Carmina Burana in Austin, Texas, and solo appearances with the WMU Orchestra/Grand Chorus in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Requiem. She presented a session called "It Takes a Team-Managing Voice Disorders" at the 2010 NATS national convention, "Singing Voice Specialist Curriculum" for NATS Chicago in October 2011, workshops on Stress Managment for Singers at the NATS Winter Workshop in Tuscon, and New Zealand as keynote speaker for the Richard Miller workshop. Dr. Wicklund is a regular presenter on vocal health and healthy belting techniques for Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

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