Each year on World Voice Day the Australian Voice Association presents a student encouragement award to 5 recipients nationwide.

Potential Students are nominated by their Academic Institution and assessed based upon the following criteria:

  •     Exemplary attitude and commitment to their particular program of study
  •     Sound academic achievement
  •     A genuine interest in learning about voice
  •     Leadership in some manner with reference to vocal issues
  •     Research achievement in voice
  •     Vocal performance worthy of support

The successful nominees receive:

  • Complimentary AVA membership for the year of nomination
  • Complimentary participation in one AVA Professional Development Event
  • A relevant textbook – sponsored by Plural Publishing

The candidates in 2016 were again of a very high standard. This year’s winners of the AVA Student Encouragement Award are:

  • Katie Buckley – La Trobe University 
  • Greg Chiapello – University of Qld
  • Laura Crocco – University of Sydney                    
  • Katerina Fusco – Flinders University
  • Veronica Munro – Macquarie University

Congratulations to to this year’s winners and to the other excellent students who were nominated for the awards. The AVA wishes them a happy and successful future career in the field of voice. Thank you also to Plural Publishing for their sponsorship of this award. 


About the AVA

The AVA began in 1991. It is an umbrella organisation for all involved in the care of the human voice including speech pathologists, singing teachers and voice teachers, ENT surgeons, voice scientists and other professionals and amateur voice users.

Serving you, representing you

Through meetings, professional development events, publications, lobbying and representation, the AVA aims to provide services to its members in a variety of ways;

  • - To act as a central point of focus for many disciplines involved in voice and promote the field of voice in Australia;
  • - To encourage links between artistic, clinical and scientific disciplines related to voice;
  • - To promote education and training in the clinical care of voice, as well as vocal performance and voice science;
  • - To promote research into voice.

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