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Adjunct Instructor of Music


B.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Cheri Montgomery is author of the Lyric Diction Workbook Series which contains six titles for English, Italian, German, French, Latin, and advanced French lyric diction courses. Workbooks from the series have been adopted by major universities across the U.S. and in Canada. 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. A comparative discussion of her method of transcription is included in the appendix.

Recent publications include a new series for the abbreviated diction study: Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction, Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction, and the IPA Handbook for Singers. She also published a two-volume series for voice: The Singer’s Daily Practice Journal. Volume I provides a graded introduction to phonetic transcription and classical singing technique. Volume II pairs vocal training with musicianship and diction using excerpts from Italian, German, and French art song lyrics. An abbreviated version of the vocal pedagogy within is published in the Journal of Singing: The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice Pedagogy (Jan./Feb. 2018). The Journal of Singing additionally published her guidelines for the lyric diction course in The Dynamic Diction Classroom (Sept./Oct. 2011). Book reviews and links to her articles 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. She was a first-place winner of regional NATS auditions as a senior at UTK. While in school, she was employed as a classical radio announcer for WUOT, Knoxville.

Upcoming workshops:  Mrs. Montgomery provides postgraduate instruction to voice teachers, diction instructors, and vocal coaches in the Lyric Diction Workshop held each summer at Vanderbilt. Details are available via the S.T.M. website.