"We stand on the shoulders of giants"

The CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented in 2017. The award was created to honor the work of the pioneers in CCM vocal pedagogy. Honorees are selected by the CCM Institute faculty and represent the broad range of professionals upon whose shoulders we stand. 

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Ingo Titze

Each year, the CCM Institute honors a legendary figure in voice pedagogy. Dr. Titze is the father of vocology, a specialty within speech-language pathology. He has defined the word and the specialty as “the science and practice of voice habilitation. For his significant  research in biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, musical acoustics, and the computer simulation of voice, we present Dr. Ingo Titze with the 2019 CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.


Ingo R. Titze is a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the School of Music. He also directs the National Center for Voice and Speech, which is located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and The University of Iowa.

Although he was formally educated as a physicist (Ph.D.) and engineer (M.S.E.E.), Dr. Titze has applied his scientific knowledge to a lifelong love of clinical voice and vocal music. Specifically, his research interests include biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, musical acoustics, and the computer simulation of voice.

Dr. Titze has published over 350 articles in scientific and educational journals, authored books entitled Principles of Voice Production and The Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation and is currently completing his third book, entitled Vocology.

Dr. Titze is the father of vocology, a specialty within speech-language pathology. He has defined the word and the specialty as “the science and practice of voice habilitation.”

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Mary Saunders-Barton

While at Penn State, she served as head of voice instruction for the BFA in musical theatre and created an MFA in musical theatre voice pedagogy to meet the growing demand for voice teachers who specialize in vernacular techniques. In this and recent seasons graduates of the BFA program have been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Mamma Mia, Lion King, Pippin, The Book of Mormon, Newsies, Kinky Boots, Bandstand, A Bronx Tale and Beautiful among others,and in many national tours and regional productions. Graduates of the MFA Program have gone on to teaching positions at universities in Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia and the Netherlands and are contributing to the profession in performance, writing and research.


Mary is frequently invited to present master classes and workshops for singers and teachers of singing at universities and voice conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a featured presenter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Opera Association (NOA), the Voice Foundation Symposium, the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and the Musical Theater Educators Alliance (MTEA) She was the keynote musical theatre speaker at the 2013 International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) in Brisbane, Australia. She has served twice as a master teacher for the NATS Intern Program.


Mary has co-authored a book, “Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act” with colleague Norman Spivey. She has written chapters for the NATS publication “So You Want to Sing CCM” edited by Matthew Hoch and for the second edition of “A Spectrum of Voices” by Elizabeth Blades. Mary has produced two video tutorials, Bel Canto/Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre and What About the Boys?

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Robert Sataloff, DMA, MD

Each year, the CCM Institute honors a legendary figure in voice pedagogy. Dr. Robert Sataloff is a legend in the professional voice community. Holding both an MD and a DMA, he has devoted his life to bringing the teaching and medical professions together. Through the Voice Foundation's Annual Symposium: Care for the Professional Voice, Dr. Sataloff has helped launch the careers of hundreds of teachers, researchers, and medical professionals. For dedicating his life to filling the world with better teachers, researchers, and medical professionals, while providing exceptional care to tens of thousands of professional and avocational voice users, we are pleased to award this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Robert Sataloff. 


Dr. Sataloff is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; and he is on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts.  He serves as Conductor of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir.  Dr. Sataloff is also a professional singer and singing teacher.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Music Theory and Composition; graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University; received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Combs College of Music; and he completed Residency in 

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Sataloff is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Voice Foundation and of the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research.  He also has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Graduate Hospital; President of the American Laryngological Association, the International Association of Phonosurgery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and The American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology, and in numerous other leadership positions.  Dr. Sataloff is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Voice; Editor-in-Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Journal; Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, and on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. He has written over 1,000 publications, including 62 books, and he has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding.  He has invented more than 75 laryngeal microsurgical instruments distributed currently by Integra Medical, ossicular replacement prostheses produced by Grace Medical, and novel laryngeal prostheses with Boston Medical.  His medical practice is limited to care of the professional voice and to otology/neurotology.  Dr. Sataloff has developed numerous novel surgical procedures including total temporal bone resection for formerly untreatable skull base malignancy, laryngeal microflap and mini-microflap procedures, vocal fold lipoinjection, vocal fold lipoimplantation, and others.  Dr. Sataloff is recognized as one of the founders of the field of voice, having written the first modern comprehensive article on care of singers, and the first chapter and book on care of the professional voice, as well as having influenced the evolution of the field through his own efforts and through the Voice Foundation for nearly 4 decades.  Dr. Sataloff has been recognized by Best Doctors in America (Woodward White Athens) every year since 1992, Philadelphia Magazine since 1997, and Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” since 2002.

Each year, the CCM Institute honors a legendary figure in voice pedagogy. Mary Saunders-Barton is a pioneer of  CCM voice training. Alumni from her studio at Penn State University can be heard performing on Broadway and in theatre around the world. She developed her own unique approach to cross-training singers and created the popular course and DVDs, "Bel Canto Can Belto." For her significant success as a pedagogue, her kind mentoring of thousands of performers and teachers, and her tirelss work to bring credibility to musical theatre voice pedagogy, we present Mary Saunders-Barton with the 2018 CCM Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.


Mary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus, currently residing in NY where she maintains a musical theatre voice studio for professional performers. Mary received a Master’s degree in French language and literature from Middlebury College and the Sorbonne, Paris. While in Paris, she studied French art song with the great baritone, Pierre Bernac. She is an unapologetic Francophile. Her own performing career spanned twenty years and included Broadway, off Broadway, regional, film and television credits. Her one-woman show “Stop-Time” played to sell-out houses in New York City.


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