Amelia Rollings, PhD, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, co-presented by The Voice Foundation and NATS Foundation. Dr. Rollings completed her Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy at The University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. James Daugherty. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Kentucky University. The soprano is an avid singer, teacher, and researcher and is active within both The Voice Foundation and The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Dr. Rollings’ proposed project examines the interconnectedness of head position and jaw opening, both posturally and acoustically, as singers perform a series of two octave ascending A-major scales (A3-A5) on two vowels ([ɑ], [i]).
Her previous research will be presented at the 47th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice on Sunday, June 3rd at the Philadelphia Westin Hotel. The presentation is titled, "The Effects of Three Heel Heights on Postural and Acoustical Measures of Male Singers."
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Richard Lissemore has been a member of NATS (New York chapter) for 24 years and has a successful private and academic voice teaching career in New York City since 1993. In September of 2013, he matriculated as a full-time Ph.D. student in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Program at The City University of New York (CUNY) and has since completed all required course work, a pre-dissertation research project, and a comprehensive oral exam. Having earned a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil. Degree) in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, he is presently a doctoral candidate and am in the process of conducting dissertation research. His committee consists of Douglas Whalen, Ph.D. (CUNY, Haskins Laboratories, and Yale University), Christine Shadle, Ph.D. (Haskins Laboratories), and Johan Sundberg, Ph.D. (Emeritus Speech, Music, Hearing, KTH; Stockholm), with the expected date of dissertation defense summer of 2018.
His research will be presented at the 47th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice on Sunday, June 3rd at the Philadelphia Westin Hotel. The presentation is titled, "Acoustic Quantification and the Roles of Vibrato and Sound Level in Formant Tuning during the Second Passaggio of a Professional Female Singer."
Richard C. Lissemore, MM, Kevin D. Roon, PhD, Christine H. Shadle, PhD