BRITISH VOICE ASSOCIATION RESEARCH STUDY DAY and Van Lawrence Prize
Friday 24 November 2023, 10.00 - 17.15
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The Van Lawrence Prize - Call for Papers 2023
The British Voice Association (BVA) is calling for submissions for this prestigious award to be presented at an online research day on Friday 24th November 2023 (further details to be confirmed).
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Van L. Lawrence was an outstanding American Otolaryngologist who was known and admired by all those specialising in voice. His death in 1990 was a great loss to everyone in the field. Perhaps his greatest contribution was to the advancement of interdisciplinary education among physicians and voice teachers. He is justly famous as one of the first doctors who could write and speak in such comprehensible English that he was actually fun to read and listen to! To honour his contribution to the voice world, he has a Fellowship in his name in the United States through the joint sponsorship of the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In the UK, the BVA has instituted an award in his name to be offered every other year provided there are sufficient applicants of a suitable standard.
The Prize is open to members and non-members of the BVA, including students, and carries a cash prize of £500.
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For professional voice users
The British Voice Association provides a unique network of support and provision for performers and professional voice users . Linking world-class professionals, working across multiple disciplines, the BVA strives to provide education and assistance to those whose voice is their most valuable tool. This includes advice on vocal technique, performance, technology and all aspects of vocal health and hygiene (both physical and emotional).
For health-care professionals
For anyone wanting to practise in the field of voice care, be it within speech therapy, ENT or other allied professional specialities, the British Voice Association gives an invaluable insight into the professional voice user, a national network of contacts to be able to discuss cases with and refer to, and up to date courses and discussions to keep those working in multidisciplinary voice clinics across the country on the cutting edge of phoniatrics.
For teachers The multi-disciplinary make-up of the British Voice Association offers a unique opportunity to grow in your knowledge as a teacher. By attending training events and presentations that involve other disciplines you can get a new perspective on your own practice, also deepening your understanding of vocal function. Armed with this knowledge you will become a more effective teacher.
Whether you are studying performance, speech therapy or ENT the British Voice Association gives you educational and networking opportunities with some of the most eminent practitioners in each field who believe in multidisciplinary practice. By offering both specialist events dedicated to your field and larger integrated events where information and expertise is shared across related disciplines, as a British Voice Association member you will gain new tools for your practice and access to a UK-wide network of experts.
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Sharing best practice is demonstrated to improve performance – it helps to avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’. We work on the premise of continued learning based upon clear evidence of success and recognition of the connections and interdependencies between professional disciplines. Documents can supply a lot of knowledge but it is through people that deeper understanding is most easily transferred. The British Voice Association is dedicated to facilitating the dissemination of best practice for all those involved with Voice.
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