Sherri Moore Weiler

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EDUCATION

Doctor of Music, Vocal Performance/Pedagogy Emphasis, December 2004

The Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Doctoral Treatise: "Solving Counterproductive Tensions Induced by Russian Diction for American Singers"

Master of Music, Vocal Performance, 1981

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, Ohio

Master of Education, Secondary Education, Reading Specialist, 1975

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education, English, 1974

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Significant teachers: Stanford Olsen, Patricia Berlin, Richard Miller, Marianna Busching, Jane Frazier Rolandi,

W. Stephen Smith, Gloria Marinacci Allen


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates--Associate Professor Voice, 2016-present

Teaching consists of applied voice lessons, class piano, and introductory music theory and sight-singing

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL--Visiting Professor of Voice, 2013-2014

 
Shorter University, Rome, GA—Associate Professor of Music, 2004-2012

Teaching consisted of 18-20 weekly private studio lessons; Vocal Pedagogy and Supervised Voice Teaching (MUS 4181/4182); Russian Diction for Singers (MUS 3130); Zumba (HPE 1112); and private coachings in Russian diction

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL—Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2002-2004

Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL— Adjunct Professor of Voice, 2002-2004

At FSU and FAMU teaching consisted of weekly private studio lessons (12-18 students per week);

at FAMU, Fundamentals of Voice (MVV 2111) taught as well

University of Alaska Anchorage—Term Assistant Professor of Music, 1995-96 and 2000-01; Continuing Part-time Adjunct in Voice, 1992-2002

At UAA classes taught included Class Voice I & II (MUS 152 & 153); Voice Methods for education majors (MUS 374); Voice Master Class for music majors/minors (MUS 468); Opera Workshop (MUS 313) which included scenes from operas and musical; Studio Voice lessons (MUS 161-462) which included song literature, vocal technique/pedagogy, and diction; Music Appreciation (MUS 121) for general education requirements, all majors (Class sizes 8 to 48 students on average)

Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK—Adjunct Instructor of Music, 1991-1993

At APU classes taught included Studio Voice lessons and Class Voice for humanities majors (10 students per week on average)

Katy Public Schools, Katy, TX—Private Voice Instructor for Choral Program, 1988-1990

At Katy and Taylor High Schools in Katy, TX, private voice lessons were taught to choral students in an integrated extracurricular program (15 students per week on average)

Oconee County Public Schools—Teacher, Grades 7 & 8 English, Seneca, SC, 1974-1979

At Seneca Junior High School, regular classroom duties included teaching English classes from remedial to gifted; serving as advisor for school newspaper; directing annual talent show and school musical revue


OTHER SIGNIFICANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre
—Director, 2001-02; Artistic Director, 2000-2001

At Anchorage Opera, duties included conceptualizing, designing, and implementing all aspects of the Studio Theatre young artist educational outreach program from its inception; guiding application and audition procedures; researching and choosing appropriate repertoire for opera/musical theatre presentation to public school students, K-12; rehearsing and coaching singers for school shows, concerts, recitals in and beyond Anchorage; booking/scheduling tours

Voice Therapist (non-licensed) for Dr. David Beal, 4001 Laurel, Anchorage, AK

As an associate in his voice clinic, supervised training was received in the observation and treatment of non-pathologic laryngeal disorders; duties included administering voice therapy to patients for correct use of the vocal mechanism following illness or surgery; consulting with doctor on exercises designed to maximize proper use of the muscular structures associated with singing and speech to avoid injury in professional voice users

Vocal Coach-US Air Force "Band of the Pacific," Elmendorf AFB, AK, 1998-2002

Principal duties included giving private coachings/lessons to members of this elite vocal corps


ARTS MANAGEMENT

Seven Hills Opera Theatre, Rome, GA: in early 2005 I founded a community opera company in order to utilize the fine talents of local singers and faculty from both Shorter University and Berry College. I directed our first production--an updated English version of Donizetti's comic masterpiece The Elixir of Love--which played for two performances, March 9-10, 2006. On March 8-9, 2007, S.H.O.T. presented Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus, and in December 2010, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

NATS, Journal of Singing: Editorial Board, 2008-present; columnist, "The Song File," 2014-present

"Berlioz’s
Les Nuits d’été: A Performer’s Perspective," Journal of Singing, March/April 2005

"Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder: Isolde Personified," Journal of Singing, January/February 2006

Classical Singer: a monthly column featuring vocal pedagogy classic books, January-April 2004

"Development of the Russian Art Song: Tracing Folk Roots in Russian Romansy, 1850-1950," a lecture-recital presented for the annual conference, Southern Chapter, College Music Society, February 19, 2004, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg; also presented at the 47th National Conference, November 4, 2004, San Francisco, CA

National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, New Orleans, July 9, 2004: performance of Respighi’s Il Tramonto as a featured chamber music presenter

National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Minneapolis, July 3, 2006: poster paper presentation of primary elements of Russian art song  


SIGNIFICANT PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Alexander Nevsky (Prokofiev), National Symphony Orchestra (1992) Mstislav Rostropovich conducting

Requiem (Verdi), Anchorage Symphony, with bass Jerome Hines, tenor Jerrold Siena (1994)

Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" (Mendelssohn), The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Music Center (1986), Yoshimi Takeda conducting
 
Five Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus (Sankey), premier, Aspen Music Festival (1979)

Dorabella, Così fan tutte, in German (Mozart) at Schloss Schieleiten, Austria (1981)

REGIONAL

Recitalist for Willamette University (1997), Portland State University (1997), Oregon Music Teachers’ Association (1997), Anchorage Opera (1997, 2000), Anchorage Festival of Music (1998, 2000 with pianist John Wustman), and University of Alaska Anchorage (1995)

Alexander Nevsky (Prokofiev), Anchorage Symphony (2001), Randall Craig Fleischer conducting

St. John Passion (Bach), William Ramsey conducting, Anchorage Festival of Music (1999)

Elijah (Mendelssohn), Anchorage Festival of Music, with soprano Erie Mills (1998)

Requiem (Mozart), Anchorage Festival of Music (1996; and also 2002)

Grand Mass in C-minor (Mozart), The Cantari Singers, Columbus, OH (1983)

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM: Cleveland Opera, 1986-88

Larina, Evgeny Onegin (Tchaikovsky Anchorage Opera (2010)

Mother,
The Consul (Menotti) Florida State Opera (2004)

Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw (Britten) Anchorage Opera (2002) Iolanthe,

Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan) Anchorage Opera (2001) Mercedes, Carmen (Bizet) Sacramento Opera (2000)

Cleveland Opera (1989)

Berta, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Anchorage Opera (2000)

Teresa, La Sonnambula (Bellini) Anchorage Opera (1999)

Marthe Schwerlein, Faust (Gounod) Anchorage Opera (1997)

LOCAL

Faculty recitals, Shorter University (2004, 2005, 2006)

La Principessa,
Suor Angelica (Puccini) Shorter University (2007) Mother Marie, Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) Shorter University (2005)

Guest artist, Kaleidoscope Faculty Concert Series, Florida State University (2004)

Recitalist for Tallahassee Music Guild (2003), Florida A&M University (2003)

Tallahassee Music Guild, alto soloist for annual
Messiah Sing-along (2002-2004, 2013)

Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) Anchorage and Houston (1988, 1996, 1998)

Prince Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus (Strauss) Opera West, Denver (1983)


DISCOGRAPHY

Russia: Golden Century of Song, Centaur Records, November 2001; a recital of 19th century

Russian art song with pianist Svetlana Velichko; liner notes and translations by artist


SERVICE

PROFESSIONAL

Adjudicator, NATS Georgia and Southeast Regional vocal competitions (2004, 2005)

Adjudicator, All-State Choral Festival: judging audition tapes submitted anonymously by hundreds of singers across Alaska

Adjudicator, Alaska School Activities Association: judging solos and ensembles at regional and state levels for both junior and senior high school students

Vocal Workshop presenter for the Alaska Chamber Singers; for choirs at Chugiak High

School, Eagle River; Colony High School, Palmer; Bartlett High School and Hanshew Middle School, Anchorage

COMMUNITY

Organized and inaugurated Seven Hills Opera Theatre, 2006, in Rome, GA

Tallahassee Music Guild, member, 2003-04; twice was alto soloist for annual
Messiah Sing-along

Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission, 1997-2002; Chairperson, 2001-2002

Board Member, Anchorage Opera Guild, 1996-98

Director,
Yours, Anne, a musical drama about the life of Anne Frank for "The Anne Frank Project," Temple Beth Shalom, Anchorage, AK, 1994 Musical Director, Closer Than Ever, (Maltby & Shires) for Anchorage Musical Theatre, 1992

Director of Arts and Drama, First Presbyterian Church, Anchorage, AK, 1991-1993

Summer Church Pianist, St. John United Methodist Church, Anchorage, AK, 2001


LANGUAGES AND SPECIAL SKILLS

▪Functional conversation in Russian, German, Spanish; reading knowledge in French and Italian

▪Excellent piano and accompanying abilities; piano study began at age 5


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

National Association of Teachers of Singing: Member, Southeastern Chapter, 2002-present; President, Alaska Chapter, 1995-2000; Secretary, 1992-1995 and 2000-2002; member, national organization, 1990-present

The College Music Society, member since 2002


AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, PRIZES

Florida State University: College Teaching Fellowship, 2002-03; Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2002-04

American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria: Scholarship, German language and music study, 1981 College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati: Full tuition scholarship and graduate assistantship, 1979-1981

Fulbright Fellowship: National Finalist, 1980

Aspen Music Festival: Full scholarship, 1979

National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artist’s Awards, Oratorio Division; South Carolina state winner, placing 2nd in Southeast region, 1979

Dr. Sherri Weiler
Associate Professor, Performing Arts Program
American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates