Faculty member Brian Gill is this year's recipient of the prestigious Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, a coveted award amongst vocal pedagogues. The award is given jointly by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the international Voice Foundation, and includes money to help with the pursuit of research interests as well as assisting in making important contacts in the world of voice science and laryngology. Gill considers using the money to help fund research he is pursuing with the world-renowned voice scientist, Johan Sundberg; this research pertains to formant tuning in the passaggio of male voices.
About the Award
The Van L. Lawrence Fellowship was created to honor Van L. Lawrence, M.D. for his outstanding contribution to voice, and particularly to recognize the importance of the interdisciplinary education he fostered among laryngologists and singing teachers. It is awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and The National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation.
Candidates for the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship must be members of The National Association of Teachers of Singing who are actively engaged in teaching. The Fellowship will be awarded to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in their professions as singing teachers, and who have shown interest in and knowledge of voice science. The Fellowship is intended to provide opportunities for the Fellow to become more thoroughly acquainted with practices, techniques, technology and people involved in laryngology and voice science. It is hoped that the opportunities and contacts provided through the Fellowship experience will enhance the teacher's ability to do meaningful interdisciplinary research, and will encourage the teacher to apply appropriate voice science advances in the studio.
The amount of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship award will be set annually by The Voice Foundation and The National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation. The funds shall be used to defray expenses for the Fellowship winner to attend the annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice (tuition shall be waived). Following the Symposium, the Fellow will be provided with the opportunity to visit laryngologists, speech pathologists, voice scientists and research centers associated with The Voice Foundation during the fellowship year. Specific locations and durations of stay will be arranged in accordance with the Fellow's interests and needs, and the availability of the centers to be visited.
Following completion of the Fellowship experience, it is anticipated that the Fellow will have opportunities to consult with the scientists he or she has visited, and to apply his or her newly acquired knowledge in designing and executing a research project to help advance the field of voice teaching. The Voice Foundation will help provide review of the resulting paper and counseling regarding its improvement. When appropriate, the paper will be considered for expedited publication in the Journal of Voice or the Journal of Singing.
Selection of Fellows
The Van L. Lawrence Fellowship shall be awarded by the Board of Directors of The Voice Foundation and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. The Fellowship Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board of The Voice Foundation and the President of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and shall include at least one representative from the Board of Directors of The Voice Foundation, and one representative from The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Additional members shall be appointed at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Voice Foundation and the President of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Past Van L. Lawrence Fellowship Recipients
2010 - David Meyer
2009 - Donald Bell
2008 - Margaret Baroody
2007 - Kathryn Barnes-Burroughs
2006 - John Nix
2005 - Lynn Helding
2003 - Katherine Eberle and Norman Spivey
2002 - Jan Prokop
2001 - Meribeth Bunch
2000 - Brenda Smith
1999 - Stephen Austin and Jeannette Lo Vetri
1998 - Kathleen Wilson and Marvin Keenze
1997 - Freda Herseth
1996 - Ruth Golden
1995 - Sue W. Snyder and Thomas Houser
1994 - Kenneth Bozeman and Janette Ogg
1993 - Karen Peeler and Lynelle F. Wiens
1992 - Raquel Cortina
1991 - Lois Yadeau
The next annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice will be held in June 1-5, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.