SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

3:30 p.m.


DR. SHEILA SIOBHAN, soprano, introduces our 2008-2009 Course of Study

When the Fat Lady Sings

Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught.

Dr. Sheila Siobhan

Sheila Siobhan, D.M.A., M.M., B.M., B.A., has performed as an opera singer and concert artist throughout Europe and the United States. Her performances have provided vivid portrayals of strong-willed heroines, ranging from Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the complex character of Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle.

In 1995, Dr. Siobhan co-founded the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria, where she served as Director of Curriculum, voice instructor, acting and repertory coach for ten years. She has taught master classes in both the United States and Europe. She founded the Texas Youth Word Collective, a youth literacy program, in 2003.

Sheila is the author of Beyond Vocal Technique: A Step-By-Step Guide to Operatic Role and Recital Preparation, a textbook for singers. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Texas Music Educators Association. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M University – Kingsville as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera in 2007.

Dr. Siobhan frequently serves as an adjudicator for both local and regional vocal competitions including Region XIV All-State Choir, Texoma National Association of Teachers of Singing, and South Texas National Association of Teachers of Singing.