Thursday morning in the Checco Rehearsal Studio at Purnell Center for the Arts, Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Voice Center, Jackie Gartner-Schmidt conducted a vocal health seminar for School of Drama students.

She began her presentation by showing a YouTube video of the way the vocal cords look while singing.

“What an incredible instrument,” she said as the video concluded.

Gartner-Schmidt is not only an expert in the field of otolarynology, but also, she specializes in the care of the professional voice and is a singer herself.

“This is useful for anyone who uses his or her voice: actors, singers, directors, teachers, stage managers, production specialists, dramaturgs, playwrights, etc.,” said Janet Madeline Feindel, professor of Voice/Alexander Technique at the School of Drama.