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Van Lawrence Award: The Matts Have It

The Voice Foundation and NATS Foundation present the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship
posted on 9:14 AM, March 10, 2017
Congratulations to Matthew Schloneger, PhD, and Matthew Edwards, DMA, co-winners of the Van Lawrence Award. This year, against all odds, the judge’s numerical rating resulted in a tie at the top of eleven high-quality submissions.
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Congratulations to Matthew Schloneger, PhD, and Matthew Edwards, DMA, co-winners of the Van Lawrence Award.

This year, against all odds, the judge’s numerical rating resulted in a tie at the top of eleven high-quality submissions. The fellowship is awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation (TVF) and the NATS Foundation.

Matthew_Schloneger.jpgMatthew Schloneger is a voice professor and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Hesston College, KS.  Dr. Schloneger is on a roll at the TVF Annual Symposium; he was awarded the first-ever Best Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Voice Foundation Symposium. He is a two-time runner up for the Van Lawrence Fellowship (2013 & 2016) and also received one of two New Investigator Forum awards from the Voice Foundation in 2013.

Dr. Schloneger wrote, “As a singing voice pedagogue, I want to continue exploring ways in which voice dosimetry can be of direct assistance to singing teachers.”  His submission concluded “I propose a study that further develops Titze’s and Nix’s ideas of quantifying vocal repertoire tessituras through dosimetry.”

READ MORE: Vocal instructor wins national fellowship award
Hesston College News - ‎Mar 15, 2017‎                                              
Hesston College music faculty member Matthew Schloneger, Ph.D., was selected as one of two winners nationally for the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, recognizing a combined commitment to excellence in teaching and voice science.

 

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Matthew Edwards is an associate professor, coordinator of musical theatre voice, and Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. Dr. Edwards is a regular presenter at TVF Annual Symposium and  has co-authored studies for TVF  Journal of Voice and NATS’ Journal of Singing.

During the fellowship year he intends to conduct a human subjects study with Aaron Johnson, PhD at the New York University Voice Center based on prior studies by Echternach et al. (2008, 2010) and Moerman et al. (2015). The results of this study will provide further insight into the differences between classical and CCM genres that will benefit studio teachers, singing voice specialists, and their students.

Both of the 2017 Fellowship Awardees have presentations at the 46th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice:

  • Friday, June 2nd, 2017 Workshop Session at the Academy of Vocal Arts
    Crossing Over: From Classical to Commercial and Musical Theatre Styles
    Matthew Edwards
  • Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 1:40 PM at the Westin – Voice Pedagogy Session IA
    Vocal Dose, Hearing Dose, and Voice Changes of a Karaoke Singer: A Case Study
    Matthew Schloneger, Jonelyn Langenstein, Eric Hunter
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