Ivy Walz, DMA is a teaching artist dedicated to helping students develop a healthy singing technique that bridges across musical genre. In voice lessons Dr. Walz brings joyful dedication to working with each student individually to help them develop the skills for singing success. These skills may be divided into four larger categories: the development of good practicing habits, intellectual and musical thinking, proper care for vocal health and well being, and readiness for the musical world. Vocal technique is fundamental to her teaching, and it is her goal to provide her students with the essential skills that lead to vocal freedom and artistic expression. Dr. Walz facilitates connections between studio work and student course work so that students learn to synthesize across their chosen curriculum.
Dr. Walz also teaches Basics of Vocal Mechanics, a class that is part of the Vocal Pedagogy curriculum. In this course students study the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument through a variety of learning modalities.
An active performer, she has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, The Spoleto Festival, Tri-Cities Opera and at other regional venues. Favorite main stage roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nicklause in Les Contes D'Hoffmann and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She performs frequently with regional orchestras as a mezzo soprano soloist. Recent highlights include Prokifiev's Alexander Nevsky, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C minor and Bach's Johannes Passion.
A proponent of the Art Song Recital and for Contemporary American Music, she has created innovative programs such as Shades of Love, featuring a mixture of musical theater and contemporary American Art Song woven together to tell the story of a woman's quest for true love. She enjoys performing a variety of vocal and musical styles, and has been a featured performer on art song series across the United States and with Chamber Music groups such as the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. For more performance information please see www.IvyWalz.com.
Ivy Walz serves as Treasurer for the Central New York Finger Lakes chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
She is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, DMA (2014) and Ithaca College, MM (2002) and BM in vocal performance and music education (1998).