Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Martha Gerhart

Adjunct Assistant Professor; Vocal Coach, Diction teacher

Martha Gerhart relocated to Dallas in the fall of 1997 to teach at Southern Methodist University after having enjoyed a prestigious career as a vocal coach/pianist based in New York City.

Gerhart has been on the music staffs of The New York City Opera, The San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera and many other opera companies. Eight times a master coach with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Training Program, she has also been a guest faculty member at singers’ training programs such as OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program in Los Angeles; Sarasota (Fla.) Opera’s Apprentice Artists Program; The Pittsburgh (Pa.) Opera Training Program; and the Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists’ Program (Cooperstown, N.Y.).

She is the author of two volumes of Italian Song Texts from the 17th Through the 20th Centuries, with translations and IPA transliterations, published by Leyerle Publications, and the translator of line-by-line texts published in many of The Hal Leonard Corporation’s Vocal Library Series, including their popular Opera Anthologies.

Professional Experience

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Teaching

Italian Diction for singers, French Diction for singers, Singers' Diction Review, Individual curricular Vocal Coaching

Publications

Please see Ms. Gerhart’s website.

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