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Dr. Amelia Rollings Bigler

Dr. Amelia Rollings Bigler
- Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Amelia Rollings Bigler currently serves as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Rollings Bigler holds a Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Kansas and a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University. Operatic and oratorio roles include the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Third Norn in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul, and Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Musical theatre roles include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, and Saraghina in Yeston’s Nine (Intermezzo Foundation in Brugge, Belgium).

The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Voice Foundation selected Dr. Rollings Bigler as the winner of the 2018 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded yearly to one singing teacher engaged in empirical research. An active researcher in voice pedagogy, Dr. Rollings Bigler has presented her research in such refereed venues as The Voice Foundation Symposium, The International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, The Singing Network, the Pan-American Vocology Association Symposium, the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, the Fall Voice Conference, and the Ohio State Voice Forum. Her primary research interests include musical theatre and contemporary commercial music (CCM) voice pedagogy, group voice teaching, historical voice teacher certification and education, and the effects of shoe heel heights, head position, jaw opening and other aspects of body alignment on acoustic and perceptual measures of singing efficiency. Her most recent publication on the effects of high-heeled shoes can be found in the Journal of Voice, the world’s premiere peer-reviewed voice medicine and research journal.

Dr. Rollings Bigler regularly works with singers recovering from vocal fold pathologies and completed a voice practicum experience focused on the habilitation and rehabilitation of the singing voice through the University of Kansas Medical Center, under the supervision of laryngologist, Dr. J. David Garnett. Dr. Rollings Bigler teaches both individual and group lessons, workshops, and master classes in a variety of vocal styles across the country and maintains active voice studios in Kentucky, South Carolina, NYC, and online through the “virtual studio.” Dr. Rollings Bigler recently established the weekend-long intensive singing, career, and personal development program, “PhonationNATION: An Immersive Singing Experience,” which will debut in Kentucky this fall and in NYC in the spring of 2020. For more information, please see www.ameliarollingsbigler.com and www.phonationnation.com.

Dr. Rollings Bigler is a member of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA), the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She currently serves as Director of Membership on the PAVA Board of Directors and as co-chair of the PAVA Credentialing/Specialization Committee.

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