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Cheri Montgomery

Adjunct Senior Artist Teacher of Vocal Diction

Cheri Montgomery is the author of 15 titles on the topics of voice and diction. Her books are adopted by more than 75 universities each semester. She is co-author of Exploring Art Song Lyrics, published by Oxford University Press. In her work with Oxford, she provided pronunciation and phonetic symbols for more than 750 Italian, German and French art songs. Her method of transcription and choice of phonetic symbols are published in the appendix. Four of her workbooks have been adapted for braille readers. Book reviews and links to her articles are available via the S.T.M. website.

Montgomery was a featured presenter and mentor voice teacher for the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop at St. Olaf College. Additional presentations include podcasts for NATS and DictionBuddy, along with presentations for the National Opera Association National Conference and the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference. Each summer, she offers post graduate instruction to voice teachers, diction instructors, and vocal coaches in her Lyric Diction Workshop.

Her voice pedagogy is published in the article The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice Pedagogy (NATS Journal of Singing). The Journal of Singing additionally published her guidelines for the lyric diction course in Diction (Still) Belongs in the Music Department and The Dynamic Diction Classroom.

Her performance credits include the operatic roles of Gilda (Rigoletto) and the Shepherd Boy (Tosca) with the Nashville Opera. Oratorio engagements include appearances with the Knoxville and Nashville Symphonies as soprano soloist for the Messiah. She was awarded full scholarships for graduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, through the Grace Moore Graduate Scholarship and the Phi Mu Alpha Scholarship. She was first-place winner of regional NATS auditions (Senior Women’s Division).

While in school, she was employed as a classical radio announcer for WUOT, Knoxville. Upon returning to her hometown of Nashville, she and her husband Tim were co-owners of the Green Hills Music Company, specializing in music education and the sales and rental of band and orchestral instruments.




Instruction in

Lyric Diction

Read Montgomery's 2020 NATS Journal of Singing articles: