Byron Janis Honored With Prestigious Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award

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The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI) congratulates internationally renowned concert pianist, Yamaha Artist and YMWI Presidential Advisor Byron Janis, on receiving the Voice Foundation’s 2012 Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award.

Dr. Robert T. Sataloff (r), Chairman of The Voice Foundation, presents Byron Janis (l) with the 2012 VERA Award.

This world-renowned virtuoso pianist and composer has transcended seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve what others would consider impossible.

The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute(YMWI) congratulates internationally renowned concert pianist, Yamaha Artist and YMWI Presidential Advisor Byron Janis, on receiving the Voice Foundation’s 2012 Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award.

The VERA Award, presented annually by the Voice Foundation to honor individuals selected for unusual interest in and outstanding contribution to the field of voice communication, was presented at the sold-out, black-tie Voices of Summer gala in Philadelphia on June 1, 2012.

Along with Janis, the legendary operatic mezzo-soprano, Fredericka von Stade, was also recognized for her tremendous contributions to the field – and art – of voice communication.

“Byron is truly deserving of this wonderful honor,” noted CEO and President of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, 2011 VERA recipient and Voice Foundation board member, Barry Bittman, MD. “This world-renowned virtuoso pianist and composer has transcended seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve what others would consider impossible. As a role model, his dedicated commitment to music and wellness continues to inspire people of all ages to realize their full potential.”

Janis joins a roster of highly acclaimed and accomplished previous VERA honorees, including Dame Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Diane Rehm and Dan Rather, to name just a few.

The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice medicine, science and education. The Foundation is committed to enhancing the gift of vocal communication through: research to advance the diagnosis and treatment of vocal problems, including improved non-surgical and surgical techniques; sponsoring an annual, international symposium; publishing and distributing professional and scientific publications and video teaching materials; awarding research grants and fellowships; publishing a newsletter for the lay public; and disseminating information through the media to raise awareness of voice care.

In 2011, Maestro Janis was named Presidential Advisor to the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute because of his remarkable work in the field of arthritis advocacy, which dovetails YWMI’s mission to bridge the gap between music and medicine on the scientific and educational levels. Janis has served as the International Ambassador to the Arts for the Arthritis Foundation since 1986 and maintains a busy schedule presenting workshops for millions who contend with the disease, encouraging participants to achieve their goals despite the obstacles they face.

In May 2012, Janis was presented with The Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of his unprecedented advocacy efforts in the field of arthritis, including championing the cause of others – especially children – who suffer from the disease and face the challenges of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 2011, Janis joined Yamaha’s outstanding worldwide roster of pianists.

For more information on the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI), write to 18201 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, PA 16335; call 814.333.5061; or visit http://www.yamahainstitute.org

About Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI)
The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Inc. (YMWI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a unique purpose—to scientifically explore and share the benefits of creative musical expression as an effective wellness strategy. Based upon a solid foundation of published scientific studies, YMWI is committed to reestablishing active music participation as a healthy lifestyle strategy. With a focus on research and education, YMWI is the only organization in the world specifically dedicated to developing and evaluating novel Recreational Music Making strategies. YMWI's ultimate goal is to enable individuals of all ages, regardless of prior experience, to discover the joy and personal benefits of playing a musical instrument.

For more information, please visit http://www.4wrd.it/YMWI.

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