CHERI MONTGOMERY | Cumberland University
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Adjunct Instructor of Music
Location: School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts
B.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cheri Montgomery is an author and lecturer on the topics of voice and diction. Performance credits include 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 teaches voice, diction, and voice pedagogy at Cumberland University and the lyric diction courses at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She taught private voice at Blair for 15 years and was a mentor voice teacher for the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2019 Summer Workshop.


Presentations and Workshops:

Teaching Lyric Diction Online During COVID 19 National Association of Teachers of Singing, Special Edition NATS Chat, 2020

The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice Pedagogy National Opera Association Southeastern Regional Conference, 2020

Incorporating Diction Studies into the Private Studio National Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop at St. Olaf College, 2019

So You’ve Been Asked to Teach Diction… National Association of Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop at St. Olaf College, 2019

The Dynamic Classroom: Creating an Engaging Learning Environment for Voice Related Studies National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, 2014

The Lyric Diction Workshop An annual three day event for voice teachers, diction instructors, and vocal coaches cohosted by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University



New Phonetic System for Braille Readers MultiBriefs, 2020

Diction (Still) Belongs in the Music Department Journal of Singing, 2020

The Voice and Diction Connection, A Diction Instructor’s Approach to Voice Pedagogy Journal of Singing, 2018

The Dynamic Diction Classroom Journal of Singing, 2011

Textbooks, Workbooks, and Journals (see book reviews):

Oxford University Press:

Exploring Art Song Lyrics Montgomery, co-author, provided pronunciation and IPA for more than 750 Italian, German, and French art songs. Her method of transcription and choice of phonetic symbols are published in the appendix.

S.T.M. Publishers: (more than 100 universities adopt each semester, website):

Workbooks for private and class voice: Singer’s Diction and The Singer’s Daily Practice Journal (in three volumes) with slides for interactive online learning

Workbooks for the three to four semester diction study: The Lyric Diction Workbook Series (workbooks for English, Italian, German, French, advanced French, and Latin)

Workbooks for the one to two semester diction study: Phonetic Readings for Lyric Diction, IPA Handbook for Singers, Phonetic Transcription for Lyric Diction

Workbooks for singers who read braille: Singer’s Diction for Braille Readers, Phonetic Readings Braille Version, The Singer’s Practice Journal for Braille Readers

Vanderbilt Immersion Opportunity: Singer’s Diction for Braille Readers

Montgomery 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 and was employed as a classical radio announcer for WUOT, Knoxville.