Associate Professor of Voice (Baritone) and Musical Theatre Styles Specialist Matthew Edwards, D.M.A. ‘15, was selected as one of two recipients of the Van Lawrence Award by
The Voice Foundation. The award includes a one-year fellowship where Edwards will further explore the differences between classical and contemporary commercial music genres.
Edwards will also present at The Voice Foundation’s 46th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice on June 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His workshop session, titled “Crossing Over: From Classical to Commercial and Musical Theatre Styles,” will take place at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
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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 National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation. The Fellowship winner will be provided with the opportunity to attend the annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice and visit laryngologists, speech pathologists, voice scientists, and research centers associated with The Voice Foundation during the fellowship year, with resulting research to be considered for expedited publication in the Journal of Voice or Journal of Singing. The Fellowship winners are members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing who are actively engaged in teaching, have demonstrated excellence in their profession as singing teachers, and have shown interest in and knowledge of voice science. The Fellowship and $2000 award are 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.
Description courtesy of The Voice Foundation