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ACADEMIC

I have taught at least one new course almost every semester in the past eight years, which has greatly expanded my knowledge base and pedagogical tools.  My formal written research has been somewhat limited in recent years to the work I’ve done preparing these new classes and specific workshops or presentations.  However, I very much look forward to having opportunities in the future to delve into outside research.  My primary interest is examining how creative embellishments of all styles are addressed in the private studio: ornamentation, riffing, scatting, and other forms of improvisation.  Although there is some literature on classroom teaching of general improvisation, there seems to be very little available on the applied lesson front, especially tying classical and contemporary pedagogies together. Past research has been more historical and analytical in nature, focusing on works and styles of World War II émigré composers.

Courses Taught

Advanced Vocal Diction (English, Latin, Spanish)

Applied Voice

Beyoncé Ensemble (Sasha Fierce)

Ear Training – Undergraduate 2nd and 3rd semesters

Ear Training – Graduate Review

Motown Ensemble

Musical Theatre Acting (co-taught)

Musical Theatre Workshop

Musicianship for Musical Theatre

Opera Workshop

Repertoire Class

Studio Class

Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Ensemble

Vocal Diction (French, German, Italian)

Vocal Literature

Vocal Pedagogy

Vocal Pedagogy and Styles for Musical Theatre

Research and Presentations

 

Virtual Presenter, Eastern NY NATS Chapter, 2020

  • Fall Preparations: Outdoor and Online Teaching 

Workshop Presenter, K-12 Music Teacher Institute Day, Troy, NY, 2018

  • Be Prepared: Warm-Ups and Audition Preparation for All Genres

Guest Speaker, New Voice Educator’s Symposium, Indiana University Student NATS, 2014

  • “Des Knaben Wunderhorn settings of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss”

Dissertation and Lecture Recital, 2013

  • Fitting In and Fighting Through: Style and Context in Kurt Weill’s American Songs”

Guest Speaker, New Voice Educator’s Symposium, Indiana University Student NATS, 2013

  • “Ornamentation: From Treatises to Teaching”

Guest Speaker, New Voice Educator’s Symposium, Indiana University Student NATS, 2012

  • “Fitting in and Fighting Through: The American Songs of Kurt Weill”

Lecture Recital, International Women’s Association of Chicago, 2009

  • “Leyla Gencer: Turkish Diva”

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