Protecting Voices through Music & Science

Addie Francis in a music practice room
Addie Francis in a music practice room

Musicians are protective of their instruments. Cellists purchase a second plane seat for their cello. Pianists try to control humidity. UW senior Addison Francis is no exception. The instrument she is careful to protect? Her voice.

Francis got an early start as a singer, taking private lessons and singing in talent shows, church worship, and musical theater from a young age. Performing with others, she noticed that many singers do not adequately protect their instrument. “I saw many areas of music where there’s not a focus on vocal health,” she says. “Across the board, I saw a lack of awareness.” Hoping to change that, Francis majored in both music and speech & hearing sciences.  

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