Voice and Speech Review Awards

The journal has three annual awards. The 2018 winners currently have free open access: 


Dudley Knight Award for Outstanding Vocal Scholarship

This award is named in memory of Dudley Knight, a former VSR Editor and Distinguished VASTA member. The award is open to peer reviewed research articles. Winners receive $400. 

Previous winners

2019 - Lynn Watson, Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, Sean R. O’Bryan & Tyler Davis for Fitzmaurice Voicework Pilot Study with fMRI

2018 - Andrea Caban for Accent Modification, Voicework, and ALS: A Case Study in Prolonging the Ability to Speak

2017 - Joanna Cazden for Stalking the Calm Buzz: How the Polyvagal Theory Links Stage Presence, Mammal Evolution, and the Root of the Vocal Nerve 

2016 - Deric McNish for The Performance of Fluency


Rocco Dal Vera Graduate Research Award 

This award is named in memory of Rocco Dal Vera, the founding VSR Editor and Distinguished VASTA member. This award is open to articles that were based on graduate research. Winners receive $200. 

Previous winners

2019 - Ryan Ellis for Shaping Words: From Speech to Song, Linguistic Principles and Rhythmic Expressivity in Choral Performance

2018 - Joy Lanceta Coronel for Coaching Asian Actors and Asian Accents with Cultural Sensitivity

2017 - Kate Glasheen for Negotiating the Contrary Craft of the Triple-Threat

2016 - Melissa Kollwitz for Breath, Tremoring, and Performance Anxiety: How can Fitzmaurice Voicework’s Destructuring Address Performance Anxiety in Undergraduate Acting Training?


VSR Forum Article of the Year Award

This award is open to authors in the Forum section of the journal, who offer relevant academic conversations and experienced-based or opinion-based articles. Winners receive $100. 

Previous winners

2019 - Robert Sussuma for Baring the Bones: Making the Shift from a Muscular to a Skeletal Paradigm in Voice Training

2018 - Jennifer Spencer for Performing Arts Training in the Age of #MeToo

2017 - Matthew Hoch for The Legacy of William Vennard and D. Ralph Appelman and Their Influence on Singing Voice Pedagogy: Reflections after 50 Years (1967-2017)

2016 - Shannon Holmes for Autoethnography and Voicework: Autobiographical Narrative and Self-reflection as a Means towards Free Vocal Expression 


Award Details

The Editor-in-Chief nominates three to four articles every year for each category. Members of the entire VSR Editorial Board vote for the winners. The Editor decides any tie. The awards are announced online on or around May 1st of each year. 

Beginning in 2017, there are monetary prizes: the Dudley Knight Award ($400),  the Rocco Dal Vera Award ($200), and the Forum Article of the Year Award ($100). If an award-winning article has more than one author, then the authors split the total sum of the award evenly.  


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