Voice Coach Gives Safe-Screaming Tips To Bruins Fans

BOSTON — No matter the outcome of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night, one thing is certain: the Garden will be a cauldron of excitement and tension — and Bruins and Canucks fans alike will express themselves in loud, boisterous voices.

A Bruins fan reacts after Boston scored a fourth goal against the Canucks during Game 3 on June 6 in Boston. (AP)

A Bruins fan reacts after Boston scored a fourth goal against the Canucks during Game 3 on June 6 in Boston. (AP)

Chances are, though, most of them won’t give any thought to protecting their vocal cords. But one fan is hoping to change that.

Elena Zoubareva is a Boston-based opera singer and vocal coach — not the kind of person you’d expect to find at a professional hockey game, and not the kind of person you’d expect to be hanging out with fans before a game. But on Monday afternoon, she held two “scream-offs” with Bruins die-hards outside the Garden. She was teaching them to cheer for their team in a way that won’t damage their vocal cords — and that will still leave them with a voice on Tuesday morning.

Zoubareva spoke with WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer about her safe-screaming tips, as well as her findings that men tend to be tougher on their vocal cords than women and that fans of different types of sports use their vocal cords to different extremes.

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  • Rob


    Perhaps almost more important than protecting our vocal chords is the protection of our hearing.  Sound levels reach dangerous levels at most sporting events (in fact, all that I have attended in the Boston area).  Although a great testament to our excellent local teams, the ability to communicate/accurately listen to a conversation, et cetera ranks high on the list of things to preserve.A Safe Hearing Tip is to wear hearing protection (small soft plugs available from CVS, Home Depot, etc.) or use your finger(s) to protect your hearing.  The closer you are to a screaming person/loud sound, the greater the potential hearing issues.  Just a thought to hear by.

    Rob Rosatirob@rosatiacoustics.com

  • http://twitter.com/refrshingapathy Rick Heil

    I think this must be the best news story I’ve heard on All Things Considered in the last few months. Amazing.

  • 20UNDER40

    That’s some useful arts education…

  • Rugrat

    Where are the scream offs? I was interested in hearing this coach ACTUALLY doing it.

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