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Biography

Frank C. Shattuck 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 chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing.  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 (Stockholm, Marseilles, Prague, Zagreb, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Philadelphia) and universities, and written a number of articles on the topic of acoustic pedagogy (Choral Journal, Journal of Singing, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, VOICEPrints).  His first book on acoustic pedagogy, Practical Vocal Acoustics:  Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers was published with Pendragon Press in 2013.  He has presented on voice acoustics—especially as applied to male passaggio training—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: the 2012, 2014, and 2018 conventions, the 2015 Winter Workshop, and an online chat in January 2016, and as 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, Wisconsin in 2015 & 2017, and with Ian Howell and Chadley Ballantyne at New England Conservatory in 2018 & 2019). His second book, Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy:  Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, (Insideview Press, 2017) 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 Conservatory (July 2018 & 2019).

Contact by e-mail: kenneth.w.bozeman@lawrence.edu