This trainer spotlight features Karen Perta, an Estill Master Trainer and voice pathologist who is completing her doctoral studies at Ohio State University. She will be part of the Estill Research and Clinical Application panel discussion at the 9th Estill World Voice Symposium.

Name: Karen Perta

Current home (city, country): Columbus, OH, USA

Where did you grow up? Utica, NY (upstate)

Biggest professional challenge: Designing and conducting voice research that has little to no precedent in the literature.

Favorite Voice book: Voice and the Alexander Technique, Estill workbooks.

Last book read: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Person you would most like to have dinner with: Living or dead? Dead – Mozart, Living – Lin Manual Miranda.

Favorite performer: Lady Gaga, Shoshana Bean.

Dream vacation: Three weeks in Seychelles and the Maldives (one day!)

3 Albums (CDs) you would take with you if stranded on a deserted island: My preferences are too broad to choose 3, so really I would take 3 “mix tapes” of pop, rock and Broadway classics; however, for the purposes of this question, I think the only ones I wouldn’t get tired of: Queen’s Greatest Hits – The Platinum Collection, Billy Joel’s Piano Man and for the sheer irony At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

Item(s) most likely to be found in your refrigerator: Almond milk, olives, Brita pitcher.

Hobby(ies): Traveling, bird watching, singing/acting/voice acting, movies and the occasional video game.

Favorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

People would be surprised to know… In high school, I had pet ducks that lived in my house.