Dr. Sherri Weiler is currently Associate Professor of Voice at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates since August 2016. Born in Greenville, SC, she received both the BA and M.Ed degrees from Clemson University. She received the MM degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the DM degree from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Weiler has taught voice at Florida State University, Shorter University, Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Florida A&M University. She served first as the Artistic Director and then General Director of Anchorage Opera's Studio Theatre, a young artist touring and educational program, from 2000-2002. Dr. Weiler has worked part-time as a non-licensed voice therapist in the Anchorage otolaryngology office of Dr. David Beal. Her professional publications include several articles for Journal of Singing, and from 2014-2016, Dr. Weiler served JOS as associate editor of “The Song File.” She has also written for Classical Singer, VoicePRINTS, and has written feature articles for NATS InterNos and for the ISME online newsletter. Her professional presentations include lecture-recitals on Russian art song for the 2017 College Music Society international conference in Sydney, and for both the US Southern chapter and the 47th national conference of the CMS; the 2017 ICVT Stockholm international conference; and the 2018 NATS 55th national conference in Las Vegas, where her topic was teaching singing to global students. Dr. Weiler was also featured chamber music performer (Respighi’s Il Tramonto for mezzo-soprano and string quartet) at the 2004 national conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, an organization in which she has served in the Alaska and Georgia chapters as president, membership chair, registrar, and secretary. She was selected to present a poster paper on the development of 19th-century Russian art song at the 2006 NATS national conference in Minneapolis, and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Singing, a post she has held since 2008.
In March 1992 Weiler represented the Municipality of Anchorage on a cultural exchange to Magadan, Russia, and was subsequently selected by Mstislav Rostropovich to sing the mezzo-soprano solo in Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky with the National Symphony in October 1992. These experiences helped instill a great love for and appreciation of Russian vocal literature. The singer coached Russian language and song literature for twelve years with retired Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; the two have a compact disc of 19th-century Russian vocal literature on the Centaur label, released in 2001, titled Russia: A Golden Century of Song. In Anchorage, Weiler performed the Verdi Requiem with bass Jerome Hines, Mendelssohn's Elijah with soprano Erie Mills, and a Schubert bicentennial recital with pianist John Wustman. She has appeared with the Florida State Opera, Anchorage Opera, Sacramento Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera West in roles including Larina (Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin), Mrs. Grose (Britten's The Turn of the Screw), Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe), Mercedes (Bizet's Carmen), and the Mother in Menotti's two operas The Consul and Amahl and the Night Visitors. At Shorter University, Dr. Weiler performed the role of Marie of the Incarnation in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites (2005) and La Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica (2007), and has given recitals for the American University of Sharjah, University of Toledo, Willamette University and Portland State University, the Oregon Music Teachers' Association, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Florida A&M University, and Shorter University.