Justin Vickers, Associate Professor and Artist Teacher of Voice in the School of Music at Illinois State University, was awarded a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to conduct research in the United Kingdom, hosted by University of Surrey, Guildford. Vickers will conduct research at the Britten-Pears Foundation (BPF), the BBC Written Archives, and the Archives of the Royal Opera House, and complete the manuscript for his extensive monograph "The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts: A History of the Britten and Pears Era, 1948-1986" (The Boydell Press). He will also host a conference on Postwar Festival Culture in the British Isles at the University of Surrey and will lead seminars and masterclasses on the creative and commissioning processes related to modern song cycles and opera with students of the University of Surrey and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Vickers is currently co-editing and contributing to Benjamin Britten in Context for Cambridge University Press and is co-editor and contributor to "Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on An Inexplicit Art" with Vicki P. Stroeher (The Boydell Press, 2017). His scholarly work has appeared in "Literary Britten: Words and Music in Benjamin Britten’s Vocal Works" (The Boydell Press, 2018), "The Sea and the British Musical Imagination" (The Boydell Press, 2016), and his discovery of a lost Britten song was chronicled in "The Musical Times" (Winter 2015). His most recent commercial recording is the Scottish-themed "Caledonian Scenes: Songs of Judith Weir, Benjamin Britten & Hamish MacCunn" (Albany Records).