The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation have each contributed $1,000.00 to the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship fund. This $2,000.00 award will be presented at 11:00am on Friday, May 29, 2015 during the Voice Foundation’s 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice.
Filipa is an Assistant Professor in the Music Department of Communication and Arts, National Institute of Ethnomusicology, Music and Dance at the University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago in Portugal. She is an overseas member of NATS.
Her area of intended study using the Van Lawrence Fellowship concerns understanding the impacts of the provision of real-time feedback of airflow during exercises of semi-occluded vocal tract gestures. The question is whether the provision of such feedback offers long-lasting glottal waveform effects toward flow phonation behaviours (translated in higher maximum flow declination rate). Dr. Lã put forth an interesting proposal and provided a detailed description of the aims of the research project for which the Fellowship will be applied.
Four judges rated each submission and the average of the ratings determined the winner.
Dr. Lã was a clear winner with a few submissions neck-in-neck as runners up.