CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Voice Center is working to increase awareness of vocal health and the specialized care available when voice problems occur.

UVA will host its fifth annual World Voice Concert on Saturday, April 20 at the front porch in Downtown Charlottesville. The event will feature performances by local singing groups and some artists who have overcome vocal injuries.

UVA wants to make sure people understand the seriousness of voice disorders and that help is available.

"This is the quality of life for our patients, a lot of our patients are singers and they really rely on their voice to be able to express themselves and when they lose that capability it really affects their quality of life,” said James Daniero, director of Voice Care.

"It’s also just this wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the beauty of the voice, the resilience of the voice and even its imperfections but mostly we want people to know where to go for help,” said Joanna Lott, voice specialist.

The event is free and open to the public and kick-off is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday.