Charlotte Surkin is a Professional Voice Trainer and Vocologist currently teaching at Marymount Manhattan College in New York; a private voice instructor at the CAP21 Musical Theatre program and their newly created Professional Training Program; Singing Voice Specialist and Outreach Coordinator at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse International (for the visually impaired), coordinating their Master Class Series, administering on-line content for the music school and teaching voice; and the second alto soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Ms. Surkin previously taught singing at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Wagner College in Staten Island and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
Ms. Surkin presented a vocal workshop at the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia. There she used a PowerPoint presentation given to voice teachers on “Teaching Singing to Blind or Low Vision Students”, which included the following: How Medication Affects the Singing Voice; Braille Music; Hygiene; and Various Pathologies. A demonstration voice lesson was given to two students, one with low vision and one with only light perception followed. She, also, gave this demonstration lecture at Columbia University through New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) in their Master of Vocal Pedagogy Series. Most recently, the lecture was given for the doctors at Lighthouse International in New York, for their Grand Rounds Demonstration. She has also visited Shenyang, China where she gave a Vocal Master Class to the award winning Liaoning Choir.
Charlotte Surkin successfully completed vocology internships at the Grabscheid Voice Center with Dr. Peak Woo and Dr. Linda Carroll in 2006 at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Vox Humana Laboratory with Dr. Anat Keidar at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in 2002, both in New York. Ms. Surkin observed Dr. Carroll, Speech Pathologist, treat patients with various speech pathologies from loss of voice through teaching, post surgical therapy, and general misuse. She also observed and used spectrographs for patient analysis. For Dr. Peak Woo, Otolaryngologist, she observed him treating patients with various pathologies including treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia as well as Vocal Fold Implant Surgery. For Dr. Keidar, Speech Pathologist, she observed her treat patients with various vocal pathologies, and she also, accompanied students on the piano.