AATS Lifetime Achievement Award

Ingo R. Titze

The American Academy of Teachers of Singing is pleased to recognize Ingo R. Titze with a 2023 AATS Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of unparalleled influence in advancing the scientific understanding of phonation.”



Dr. Ingo R. Titze has been a constant source of information on voice research for the last 50 years, and his unwavering dedication to this field of knowledge continues without any sign of slowing down. His work has been foundational in helping the singing community have an objectively codified and clearer understanding of the “why” and the “how” of an art form that seems at once metaphysical and mystical. He has demystified our art form on so many levels, allowing those who sing, teach singing, and medically treat singers to practice their craft more effectively. The profession owes him an enormous debt of gratitude. 

Dr. Ingo R. Titze has served as Founder and Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech since 1990. His was a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice, Speech, and Vocal Music prior to retirement from Iowa in 2019..

He has published 450 articles in scientific and educational journals. His book publications include Principles of Voice Production (1994), The Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation (2006); in collaboration with Katherine Verdolini, Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation (2012); and Fascinations with the Human Voice (2010), which is printed in eight languages. His research interests include biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, and the computer simulation of voice. His formal training is in Electrical Engineering (MS) and physics (PhD).

Dr. Titze is a founding member and first elected President of the Pan-American Vocology Association. His long and important association with the The Voice Foundation has been instrumental in the evolution of this organization. Other professional affiliations include the Acoustical Society of America, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the American Laryngological Association. Honors include The Gould Award for outstanding research in laryngeal physiology (1984), the Silver Medal Award from the Acoustical Society of America (2007), and the Honors of the Association Award from ASHA (2010). He has administered and taught in the Summer Vocology Institute, the premiere Vocology training program, for 20 years.