Emeritus Professor of Music
Kenneth Bozeman, tenor, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona. He subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich, Germany on a fellowship from Rotary International. He taught voice at Lawrence University from 1977-2019, where he was chair of the voice department and taught vocal pedagogy for 26 years. Mr. Bozeman received both of Lawrence University’s Teaching Awards (Young Teacher Award, 1980; Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996). He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the on the editorial boards of the Journal of Singing and the Journal of Voice. His former students have participated in opera internships at Sante Fe, Tanglewood, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Central City Opera, and Utah Opera, and have sung with Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden, Oslo, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric, the Metropolitan Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Bozeman was an active performer of oratorio, including singing the tenor roles in the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, the B Minor Mass, the Magnificat, and various cantatas of Bach, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Vaughn Williams Hodie. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Purgatory Music Festival of Colorado, the Louisville Bach Society, the Historical Keyboard Society of Wisconsin, and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem.”
Mr. Bozeman is a frequent presenter at international voice science conferences and universities, and written a number of articles on the topic of acoustic pedagogy (see publications under media). His first book on acoustic pedagogy, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers published in 2013, as of 2021 is with Rowman & Littlefield. He has presented on voice acoustics for venues including the Voice Foundation, the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, the Pan European Voice Conference, the European Voice Teachers Association, The Pan American Vocology Association, and various NATS venues. He was a master teacher for the 2013 and 2017 NATS Intern Programs. He leads week long summer seminars on acoustic pedagogy (at Lawrence’s Bjorklunden campus in Door County, and with Ian Howell and Chadley Ballantyne at New England Conservatory, and now at Ann Arbor, Michigan. His second book, Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, (Insideview Press, 2017), now in a second edition, (2021)continues to explore practical applications of acoustic pedagogy with a special focus on language and kinesthetic directives appropriate for studio use. He is a featured presenter for the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservator, and author of the acoustic pedagogy component of NYSTA’s Professional Development Program and the Voice Study Center’s online masters degree in the UK. He was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in November, 2019, and was a featured keynote speaker for the British Voice Association in September of 2021 and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna in August of 2022.
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