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Matthew Hoch, associate professor of voice in the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts, had the winning proposal for the 2016 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. Hoch will pursue a human subject study that adapts recent voice fatigue indices by Nanjundeswaran et al. (2015) and Paolillo/Pantaleo (2014) to specific singing tasks. Hoch teaches applied voice, diction, vocal literature courses and serves as coordinator of the voice area.

The Van L. Lawrence Fellowship was created to honor Van L. Lawrence, M.D. for his contribution to voice and to recognize the importance of the interdisciplinary education he fostered among laryngologists and singing teachers. It is awarded by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation. The fellowship provides opportunities for the fellow to become more thoroughly acquainted with practices, techniques, technology and people involved in laryngology and voice science. 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.
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