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Dr. Sheila Kearney
Sheila Kearney Converse, a native of upstate New York, teaches Studio Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Women and Music and A Domain of the Arts seminar in the Honors College. She is currently Executive Secretary of the WSU Faculty Senate. Before joining the faculty at WSU, Dr. Converse taught at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho and at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York: a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University, New York, NY; a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Idaho, Moscow, ID; and an Interdisciplinary Ph. D. exploring gender issues in 20th Century music from Washington State University. Her voice teachers have included Evelyn Hertzmann, Giulio Gari, Marjorie Lawrence, Elisabeth Parham, Leona Roberts and Dorothy Barnes.
Among the roles Dr. Converse has sung are Carmen in "Carmen", Dorabella in "Cosi Fan Tutte", Marthe in "Faust", the Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors", Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel", Augusta in "The Ballad of Baby Doe" and the Principessa in "Suor Angelica". She has appeared with the New Jersey Opera Young Artist's Quartet, The Long Beach Grand Opera, The Opera of Central Kentucky, and Washington Opera East. Additionally with organizations as diverse as The Washington Idaho Symphony, The Arkansas Symphony, The Lexington Philharmonic, she has sung Handel's "Messiah", Verdi's "Requiem", Rossini's "Petit Messe Solenelle" and Mozart's "Requiem".
An active recitalist, her performances have included faculty recitals at The University of Idaho and Washington State University, a duet recital with colleague Dr. Julie Wieck, a recital of music by women and a lecture recital on the songs of Nadia Boulanger.
Sheila Converse is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Association for Faculty Women, The WSU Teaching Academy and choir director of the United Church of Christ in Pullman, WA.