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  Hemispheric Integrations:
Theoretical frameworks for the future of vocal practice and pedagogy.

July 10th - 14th, 2023

VASTA Annual Conference

VASTA's 2023 Conference will take place in charming La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in collaboration with CEUVOZ and the Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultura. The conference will be VASTA's 2023 Annual Conference and CEUVOZ's 2nd International Voice Conference. CEUVOZ will invite participants from across Mexico, as well as from every country in Iberoamérica.

VASTA's keynote speakers are Christine Hamel and Ann Cahill, authors of the incredible "Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice and the Voice." The goal of this year's conference is to engage in deep conversations with colleagues from across the Americas and beyond about a future of voice pedagogy that integrates innovative theory and practice.

Most of the conference activities will take place at the Teatro de la Ciudad, which is part of the Unidad Cultural Jesús Castro Agúndez. Some activities will take place at Hotel Araiza Palmira, where VASTA will have some single and shared rooms available. There are several other hotels around the city as well, with a variety of rates. Given the collaboration with CEUVOZ and ISC, this year's conference will not be a fully hybrid gathering. Instead, we plan to livestream a few main events and then record all other sessions, which will then be made available asynchronously for a reduced fee. This will include any pre-recorded, asynchronous VASTA member presentations. 

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Countdown: 2023 Annual Conference
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Registration Breakdown


Not a VASTA Member? Register for the conference & purchase a VASTA membership all at once! Simply click "Register Now" above for next steps. 

In-Person: Full Conference Package
All-inclusive package for the 2023 conference: VASTA has a limited number of single and shared rooms at Hotel Araiza Palmira available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Rooms can be shared with another conference participant (you can request a specific person or VASTA will assign you one). You may also share a room with a non-conference participant guest, who will then pay a reduced additional fee (see the companion rate below). Hotel rooms include pool & gym access, laundry, high-speed wifi, air conditioner, and more. 
Included in the price is a four night stay (July 10, 11, 12, 13), three meals a day (July 11, 12, 13), breakfast on July 14, welcome dinner on July 10, and transportation around La Paz (to/from hotel, conference locations, etc.), as well as access to the entire conference in La Paz. 

This package offers our best deal for the conference! Learn details about accommodations here.

Single Room
Standard Rate: $750
Late-Registration Rate: $850 

Shared Room
Standard Rate: $600
Late-Registration Rate: $700

In-Person: Full Conference Pass (No Housing)

This conference pass includes lunch & dinner on July 11, 12, 13, the welcome dinner on July 10, and access to the entire conference in La Paz. 

Standard Rate: $400
Late-Registration Rate: $500

Online: Professional Pass
Access the online-only portions of the conference, including pre-recorded presentations and onsite recorded sessions after the conference. 

Standard Rate: $100

Online: Student Pass
Access the online-only portions of the conference at the student rate.

Standard Rate: $50

In-Person: Companion Package
Interested in bringing a partner or companion to La Paz? The Companion Package allows you to share a hotel room with your companion. Breakfast included. No conference pass or additional benefits.

Standard Rate: $200
Late-Registration Rate: $300

If you are struggling to attend the conference, we would like to help! A 30-70% discount is available to members in lower-income countries for the conference registration. See World Bank income level information here and email to receive a discount code. 

Call for Proposals for MEMBER PRESENTATIONS

Proposal deadline: February 13, 2023

Twelve years after our first collaboration with CEUVOZ, VASTA returns to Mexico for our 23rd Annual Conference. The VASTA 2023 Conference will take place in charming La Paz, Baja California Sur, México, in collaboration with CEUVOZ and hosted by the Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultura. This will be CEUVOZ's 2nd International Voice Conference, and they will invite participants from across Mexico, as well as from every country in Iberoamérica. 

We invite you to submit proposals for your contribution to this amazing international conversation. We will consider proposals for in-person papers, workshops, and panel discussions in La Paz, as well as proposals for asynchronous pre-recorded materials for virtual participation.

We invite you to submit proposals that refer to the theme of this year’s conference, and/or to your current areas of exploration, such as:

  • Collaborations and dialogues across methodologies and theoretical frameworks
  • Post-pandemic issues in the classroom/studio, with special reference to issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access
  • Gender and power dynamics in the relationship between teacher/student and/or facilitator/clients

Suggestions for contributions might include:

  • Panels and/or experiential workshops that explore the synergies between theory and practice
  • Presentations by voice and speech trainers from across generations
  • Roundtable discussions among four or five experts in private practice and/or vocal health

You may propose a full session (45 mins with 15 min Q&A) or a 15 min paper or experiential exercise to be presented along with other proposals. Collaboration is encouraged and sessions involving three or more presenters will be given preference. Fifteen-minute slots are especially recommended if you are a first-time presenter. If you are an experienced presenter, please consider teaming with newer members. 

We will also consider proposals for 45-min warm-up sessions during the conference.

We have a limited number of opportunities for member presentations and the expertise and energy of our members is boundless. Once all proposals are in, the conference team will work to shape the schedule to offer the opportunity to present to as many members as possible.

All proposals must be received by 
February 13, 2023.

You will be notified by February 27, 2023 if your proposal has been accepted.

La Paz has a wealth of restaurants, museums, and other attractions to visit during July! Click the link below to view additional hotel recommendations, restaurants, taxi companies, and other places of interest. 

La Paz: Hotels, Restaurants, Taxis, & Attractions

Pictured left: 
La Paz Cultural Centre, Malecón, Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, Museum of the Whale & Marine Sciences, Baja Californai Sur Museum of Art, House of the South Californian Artisan, Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, Velasco Gardens.  

General questions or thoughts?

The conference team is here to help!

To get in touch with us, click here!