Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Vocal Diction
Cheri Montgomery is author of the English, Italian, German, French, Advanced French and Latin Lyric Diction Workbooks (S.T.M. Publishers); The Dynamic Diction Classroom (Journal of Singing); and co-author of Exploring Art Song Lyrics, Translation and Pronunciation of the Italian, German, and French Repertoire (Oxford University Press). Recently released titles include Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction, Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction, and the IPA Handbook for Singers (S.T.M. Publishers). Reviews of all titles are available at the S.T.M. website.
Montgomery has been cast in the operatic roles of Gilda (Rigoletto) and the Shepherd Boy (Tosca) with the Nashville Opera. Oratorio engagements include her 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, and was a first place winner of regional NATS auditions. She and her husband, Tim, were co-owners of the Green Hills Music Company, which specialized in the sale, rental and repair of band and orchestral instruments. She was also employed as a classical radio announcer for WUOT, Knoxville.
Mrs. Montgomery provides instruction to voice teachers, diction instructors, and vocal coaches in her Lyric Diction Workshop held each summer at the Blair School of Music. Details are available via the S.T.M. website.
Diction for Singers: English/Italian MUSO 1400, German MUSO 1410 and French MUSO 1420