Poster Paper Sessions

2019 CWR Regional Conference and Auditions


We are pleased to offer 

the following poster paper sessions.


The Establishment of French Cabaret Music

Presented by: Kaylyn Baldwin

Erik Satie was a revolutionary composer in the development of French Cabaret music in the early twentieth century. The unique circumstances in his life combined with his peculiar personality characteristics shine through in his compositions. Cabaret music was a genre that allowed for innovation that Satie’s demeanor yearned for. Satie is known for his Cabaret songs, but he did compose some French mélodie. The style of his Cabaret songs is reflected in his mélodies.

Kaylyn Baldwin is a senior at Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She will apply for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance this coming year. She loves serving as the SNATS chapter president and planning music activities with her local council. Some of Kaylyn’s favorite roles have been Hansel in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, and Poponel in Menotti’s The Boy Who Grew Too Fast. This summer she will be performing with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in the chorus of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In her free time, she enjoys performing with the Cache Symphony Orchestra and teaching violin and voice in her music studio.


Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract Posture: A Non-Surgical Method for The Treatment of Vocal Folds Disorders

Presented by: Valentine Baron

This poster is a literature review of three research experiments that have been made about the use of semi-occluded vocal tract posture exercises in voice therapy sessions to treat voice disorders. The goal of this poster is to demonstrate that SOVT exercises can be more efficient than an immediate laryngeal surgery. 

Originally from the South of France, Valentine Baron is an active performer and voice teacher. After a Bachelor and a Master in Musicology from the Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier (France), she moved to New York to receive in 2016, a Master in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from New York University in the studio of the Tenor Dr. Scott Murphree. While at NYU, she was an Adjunct Instructor of Voice and took part as a student in the Vocology Program in collaboration with the NYU Voice Center. In New York she is performing with different companies such as NYU Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater and Regina Company. In 2018, she was accepted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in the studio of Soprano, Dr. Linda Lister. In March Valentine will be singing the role of Blanche de la Force in the Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc with UNLV Opera.


Performing With Motivation: How Past and Present Musicians Reached Their Audiences

Presented by: Kylie Evans

How a musician connects with their audience, whether through word or music, greatly affects an audience member’s experience. This presentation highlights performers that have lived in different musical periods and how they individually connected with their audiences. These performers include famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt, while also highlighting modern-day “mainstream” musicians such as The Beatles and Billy Joel. By studying the performances of said composers one can comprehend how a musician connects with their audience.

Kylie Evans is a junior in the vocal performance program at Utah State University. She has brought pride to USU through achievements in NATS and USU competitions, and through her involvement as the historian in the USU SNATS club on campus. Kylie's current role in USU Opera Theatre is Sandman the Sleep Fairy in "Hansel and Gretel." Other of her USU roles have been Belinda in "Dido and Aeneas" and a Globolink in "Help! Help! The Globolinks!" She has also been a featured soloist in two of USU's original cabaret performances. Kylie enjoys learning about how to be a more authentic and honest performer, and is grateful for this opportunity to present some of her research on this subject.


The Yelp Effect: Harnessing the Power of Online Reviews to Grow Your Voice Studio

Presented by: Melissa Treinkman 

Yelp, one of the biggest online review sites, can be a useful tool to add to a voice teacher’s advertising arsenal.  This poster presentation will give teachers the information they need to use Yelp effectively and avoid common pitfalls. Both teachers who are working to build their studios from the ground up and more established teachers wishing to boost their studio rosters, may find immense value in utilizing Yelp’s powerful platform. 

Melissa Treinkman, mezzo, is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. In 2013, she made her solo mainstage debut with LA Opera as the Vendor in Carmen. In 2015, she was seen on the LA Opera mainstage as a Featured Ensemble singer in The Ghosts of Versailles, which won two Grammy awards for Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from DePaul University. She is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Southern California, where she holds the position of Head Teaching Assistant in Vocal Arts and serves as the President of SNATS at USC. Two of her scholarly articles are in the process of being published in upcoming editions of the Journal of Singing. Melissa maintains a vibrant private voice studio in Venice, California and is on the voice faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. 


SNATS Events

"Building a Voice Studio:" SNATS Chat with Breakfast

Presented by Melissa Treinkman

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8:00–9:00 a.m. in CFA 134

A native of Chicago, mezzo-soprano Melissa Treinkman sang in the Featured Ensemble for GRAMMY award winning production of The Ghosts of Versailles and played the role of the Vendor in Carmen, both at LA Opera.  In January of 2018, Melissa will perform the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Juan Colomer's opera Dulcinea XL.  She also was a part of the world premiere of the dance opera, Beyond the Waterfront, produced by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater and LA Opera.  Melissa performed the role of Clytemnestra in a concert version of The Intuition of Iphegenia by Nathan Wang.  She was also seen as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with the Sarasota Opera.  Melissa has been a Resident Artist with Utah Opera where she performed the role of Mercédès in Carmen and Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica.  Another recent highlight was her performance of Melousine in the American premiere of Lehar’s operetta Cloclo with the Chicago Folks Operetta. Melissa has also been a Young Artist with Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera North, and Cedar Rapids Opera.  Melissa is a regular singer with the LA Opera Outreach Program and the LA Opera chorus.  Her scholarly articles have been published in the prestigious Journal of Singing and she has given workshops on the speaking voice to CEOs from around the world.  Melissa received her Master of Music from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.  She is a current candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC where she serves as Head Teaching Assistant and the President of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.