Leon Thurman, Ed.D., baritone, is founder of the VoiceCare Network. Currently he is Specialist Voice Educator at the Leon Thurman Voice Center (LTVC), Minneapolis, Minnesota, his current private practice. From December, 1995, through November, 2007, he held the same title at Fairview Voice Center (FVC), Rehabilitation Services, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. He also is Adjunct Professor of the Graduate Program in Music Education at the University of St Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
At LTVC, Leon: (1) teaches private voice (classical and popular singers, teachers/professors, actors, storytellers, broadcast talent, businesspersons, clergy); (2) assesses voices to determine whether or not they need to see an ear-nose- throat doctor and refers them to voice-dedicated physicians and speech pathologists when they need medical and/or therapeutic treatment (he still collaborates with his Fairview Voice Center speech pathologist colleague, Carol Klitzke); (3)following medical and therapeutic treatment, he assists singers and speakers as they apply their therapy program to their 'athletic' voice pursuits; and (4) gives groups presentations for choirs, theatre casts, workshops, conferences, courses, and seminars about efficient voice use in speaking and singing, voice health and protection, and human compatible learning and teaching (based in the neuropsychobiology of human learning and self-expression).
Dr. Thurman earned his Ed.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. Post-doctoral study has included work in voice education and health, and in the lifespan neuropsychobiology of perception, emotion-feeling, memory, learning, behavior, and health. His primary voice mentors have been Charles Nelson, Oren Brown, Geraldine Braden, and his primary mentors in voice health have been Van Lawrence, M.D. and Robert Bastian M.D.
Dr. Thurman has taught choral and general music in grades 4-12, as well as undergraduate, graduate, and continuing vocal music education. He has been a consultant on several projects at the National Center for Voice and Speech (e.g., www.voiceacademy.org), and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Research in Choral Singing (www.choralresearch.org). He has performed with Robert Shaw in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and toured with the Norman Luboff Choir. He has presented lectures, workshops, and vocal/choral clinics throughout the United States and in Austria, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, and United Kingdom for many local, regional, national and international organizations.
The VoiceCare Network’s course book, Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education, was conceived, principally written, and co-edited by Dr. Thurman. In 2004, he was lead author and presenter of a paper at the Second International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing titled “Addressing Register Discrepancies: An Alternative Science-based Theory of Vocal Register Phenomena” (hosted by National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver, Colorado, USA; download at www.ncvs.org). He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Muisc Teachers National Assocation (MTNA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
In 2005, due to health circumstances, Leon Thurman retired from active involvement with the VoiceCare Network. During the Network's summer courses, he will continue to provide the voice health and voice efficiency consultations that he has provided in the past. He also will be available for consulting with the Network's Board of Directors.
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