Presenter: Sherri Weiler
Introduced by: Lloyd Mims
Location: Montecristo 2-4
Western voice teachers already do a highly creditable job of providing vocal training in multiple musical modes, such as music theater, CCM, pop-rock, and of course art song and opera. Nevertheless, we often do not know how to effectively teach singing to students who hail from a non-Western culture or whose primary musical language is not European. As technology continues to shrink the globe, NATS teachers can benefit from moving their sphere of expertise to a wider, more global approach here and abroad.
Sherri Weiler has taught vocal music for over 25 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Florida A&M University, Shorter College and Florida State University. In 2016 she accepted the position of Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, which has a student population from over 90 countries. Since 2008 she has served as a member of the editorial board for NATS Journal of Singing, and from 2014-2016 managed “The Song File” column for Journal of Singing. Dr. Weiler has published several articles on the songs of Berlioz and Wagner, the Commedia dell’arte, and Turkish and Russian vocal music. The mezzo-soprano coached Russian language, diction, and song literature for 12 years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; in 2001 the duo released a CD of 19th-century Russian songs, Russia: Golden Century of Song.