Ivy Walz is an Associate Dean for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, primarily overseeing the Center for Music, and leading collaboratively with the MTD Leadership Team. She asserts the importance of the arts and their ability to transform lives and is committed to uncovering structural barriers inherent in traditional conservatory type institutions which have held up exclusionary practices. She is buoyed by guiding principles of building consensus, ensuring transparent and process-based decision making, and engaging in active listening. She strives to articulate interconnectedness and shared commonality across disciplines.
She joined the voice faculty at Ithaca College School of Music in 2011. Her expertise is in vocal pedagogy, voice science, diction, oratorio, opera, art song, and contemporary singing styles and techniques. Her students have gone on to top graduate programs, are currently teaching in k-12 and community arts programs and are actively engaged in a variety of meaningful careers in music and the arts. She upholds student centered teaching based in healthy technique and integrative pedagogies. She believes that diverse and inclusive learning environments are essential, and is committed to creating and contributing to equitable and welcoming spaces for all individuals. She created and teaches a course called Basics of Vocal Mechanics that covers the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument, explored through a variety of learning modalities.
Mezzo soprano Ivy Walz has been awarded numerous roles, solo performances and featured artist positions with opera companies such as Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Tri-Cities Opera. She is an active soloist with orchestras and chamber music groups, featured recently with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Akron Symphony, Symphoria, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. She is dedicated to the performance of Art Song by underrepresented composers, and has been an invited performer at festivals such as SongFest, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Denver Art Song Project, Civic Morning Musicals, and Middlebury Song Fest. She was a finalist for the American Prize in Art Song in 2019. Currently she is engaged to perform art song recitals featuring women composers and will be a featured performer at the International Women in Music Festival in Columbus, MS in 2023.
An active and engaged clinician, she gives master classes on integrating healthy singing techniques with dynamic performance practice. She has been a guest clinician for Higher Voice Studio, TCO Teens, College Audition Advantage, Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca, Denver Art Song Project High School Competition and other schools, colleges and universities.