Dr. Amelia Rollings Bigler, Ph.D., will be Assistant Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) this coming fall, after serving as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Kentucky University since 2015. 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, oratorio, and musical theatre 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, 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 systematic 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. Other publications have appeared in the Journal of Singing and Voice and Speech Review.
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 South Carolina, NYC, and online through her virtual studio and company, The Phonation Company. 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 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).