THE ART AND SCIENCE OF GREAT TEACHING Celebrating the Legacy of William Vennard (1909–1971)

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Friday, May 18, 2018
When: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Doheny Memorial Library

    William Vennard photoThis one-day symposium on Friday, May 18, 2018, will
    celebrate the life and work of William Vennard, chair of
    USC’s voice department from 1950–1971, and a pioneer in
    the science and pedagogy of singing—a field which, before
    Vennard, had evolved little over the previous centuries.

    Author of the landmark work Singing, the Mechanism and
    the Technique, Vennard recognized the importance of
    incorporating contemporary anatomical and physiological
    research into the study of singing, as well as fostering
    collaboration between singers, physicists, psychologists,
    and voice scientists.

    The symposium will also feature the dedication of the
    William Vennard Collection, which consists of
    his personal lesson notes, books, and other research
    materials generously donated by Thomas Cleveland
    (Director of Vocology at the Vanderbilt Voice Center and
    former student of Vennard), as well as images taken by
    Vennard while working on his award-winning 1960 film
    Voice Production: The Vibrating Larynx.

    Speakers include Stephen Austin, Ken Bozeman, Thomas
    Cleveland, Cindy Dewey, Lynn Helding, Scott McCoy,
    Kari Ragan, and Donald Simonson. This event is made
    possible by a USC Libraries Dean’s Challenge Grant and
    is cosponsored by the Thornton School of Music.

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