Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Vocal Arts and Opera
Vocal arts faculty Barbara Dyer currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she has been for the past 19 years teaching private voice to music majors; Diction: English, Italian, French and German; and a non-major class, The Vocal Experience. She has held positions previously at the USC Thornton School of Music and Occidental College, and was a tenured assistant professor at Moorhead State University, Minn., in 1981. She also has a large private studio at her home.
Designated a Distinguished Colleague by the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), Dyer has passed the five core curriculum courses in the Professional Development Program. A frequent adjudicator in the Los Angeles area for various musical organizations, Dyer has also written for the NATS Journal, and in July, 2010, she was a featured speaker on acoustic resonance and computer technology in vocal development at the Music Teachers’ Association of California for the annual convention, and in March, 2009, gave a talk entitled “Why I Study Vocal Science” to the NATS-LA membership at a General Meeting. Interested in vocal science and new technology that allows greater understanding of the physical and acoustic dimensions of the voice, she is a member of the informal group of “Fryers”—those who use Donald Miller’s software, VoceVista.
A regular performer on faculty recitals at LMU and other universities in the area, Dyer has sung Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Beach Cities Symphony, soloed with various choral groups in the greater Los Angeles area in concerts of Handel’s Messiah, Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and other major works.
Dyer is an active member of the NATS-LA and is, currently, the vice president in charge of programming. She held this position previously in 1991–92, and also held the position of Secretary in 2007–09.