2023 Fellowship Awardee,
Christian Herbst, PhD

Christian T. Herbst is an Austrian research associate of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center at Shenandoah Conservatory. He is also on the faculty of the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, and the Department of Vocal Studies, Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria. Researchers from Stanford University recently credited Dr. Herbst as being one of the 2% of the most cited voice scientists in 2021. https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/4

The focus of Christian’s research is basic voice science, singing voice physiology, and the physics of voice production in mammals. For more information, see: http://www.christian-herbst.org

The Voice Foundation and NATS Foundation present the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship

The Van Lawrence Fellowship Award is given jointly by the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation (NATS Foundation) and The Voice Foundation. Application submission deadline November 15th.

Allen Henderson (NATS), Robert Sataloff, MD (TVF), 2019 Awardee Amanda Flynn, Karen Brunssen, (NATS)

The fellowship was created by The Voice Foundation and the NATS Foundation 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship must be members of National Association of Teachers of Singing and 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.

Allen Henderson (NATS), Awardee Amelia Rollings, PhD, Robert Sataloff, MD (TVF)

Award Amount

The amount of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship award is determined annually by The Voice Foundation and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS Foundation) . In recent years it has been $2,000.  The funds are to 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 Journal of Singing.

Selection Process

Photo:Dr. Robert Sataloff, Matthew Schloneger, Matthew Edwards, Linda J. Snyder, Allen Henderson
Dr. Robert Sataloff, Matthew Schloneger, Matthew Edwards, Linda J. Snyder, Allen Henderson

The Van L. Lawrence Fellowship shall be awarded by the Board of Directors of The Voice Foundation and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS Foundation) . The Fellowship Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board of The Voice Foundation and the President of National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation and shall include at least one representative from the Board of Directors of The Voice Foundation and one representative from 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 National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation.

Application

Members of NATS wishing to apply for the fellowship should write a letter of intent to The Voice Foundation along with your CV – combined into one PDF. Include the area and methods of your proposed study plan.

Dr. Robert Sataloff, Matthew Schloneger, PhD

The Voice Foundation
219 N. Broad St. – Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215)735-7999 Fax (215) 762-5572
E-mail: office@voicefoundation.org

The letter should include the following topics (as well as others which the applicant believes will strengthen his/her application, but please be as succinct as possible): All in one PDF:

(a) Current application of scientific knowledge in the studio
(b) The area of intended study and/or research project and the study plan and methods.
(c) How the Fellowship and research project will benefit your teaching
(d) NATS Chapter to which you belong
(e) A detailed curriculum vita.

Dr. Robert Sataloff, Matthew Edwards, DMA

The fellowship will be awarded at the next Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, scheduled for May 31 – June 4, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA. The award presentation will take place on Friday, June 2nd, 2023.

The application deadline for the following year is November 15th.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact The Voice Foundation. E-mail: office@voicefoundation.org

Past Fellowship Recipients

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Dr. Robert Sataloff, Matthew Hoch, Norman SpiveMatthew Schloneger, Matthew Edwards
  • 2022 – Ian Howell
  • 2021 – Edrie Means Weekly
  • 2020 – Angelika Nair
  • 2019 – Amanda Flynn
  • 2018 – Amelia Rollings (Richard Lissemore, Honorable Mention)
  • 2017 – Matthew Schloneger, Matthew Edwards
  • 2016 – Matthew Hoch
  • 2015 – Filipa Martins Baptista Lã
  • 2014 – Katherine Osborne
  • 2013 – Bonnie Draina
  • 2012 – Kari Ragan
  • 2011 – Brian Gill
  • 2010 – David Meyer
  • 2009 – Donald Bell
  • 2008 – Margaret Baroody
  • 2007 – Kathryn Barnes-Burroughs
  • 2006 – John Nix
  • 2005 – Lynn Helding
  • 2003 – Katherine Eberle, Norman Spivey
  • 2002 – Jan Prokop
  • 2001 – Meribeth Bunch
  • 2000- Brenda Smith
  • 1999 – Stephen Austin, Jeannette Lo Vetri
  • 1998 – Kathleen Wilson, Marvin Keenze
  • 1997 – Freda Herseth
  • 1996 – Ruth Golden
  • 1995 – Sue W. Snyder, Thomas Houser
  • 1994 – Kenneth Bozeman, Janette Ogg
  • 1993 – Karen Peeler, Lynelle F. Wiens
  • 1992 – Raquel Cortina
  • 1991 – Lois Yadeau