Dr. Ivy Walz joined the voice faculty at Ithaca College School of Music in 2011. For ten years she taught voice lessons, and vocal pedagogy. In 2020 she stepped into an administrative role as Assistant Dean, and this year 2021-2022 she is serving as Interim Dean.
For Dr. Walz, teaching and performing have always gone hand in hand. As an experienced pedagogue, she believes in student learning centered teaching that is based in sound technique and vitalized by integrative pedagogies, as well as her commitment to lifelong learning. In all areas of work she brings joyful dedication. She believes that diverse and inclusive learning environments are essential, and she is committed to creating and contributing to equitable, safe and welcoming spaces for all individuals. She is proud to serve on a collaborative faculty, and through her teaching, service, and leadership she strives to cultivate an environment in which students are learning to synthesize across their chosen curriculum.
As a voice teacher, she believes in leading students to discover what empowers them through access and exposure to a variety of skill building, artistic, and meaningful experiences. In her studio, students engage in processes for effective practice, care of the vocal instrument, and essential skills in the categories of articulation, resonance, breathing, healthy phonation, body awareness, and performance practice.
In her vocal pedagogy course, Basics of Vocal Mechanics, she teaches the anatomy and physiology of the vocal instrument. Through class lecture, hands-on activities and reflective assignments students develop a working map of the singing instrument.
Mezzo soprano Ivy Walz has been awarded numerous roles, solo performances and featured artist positions with opera companies, orchestras and chamber music groups nationally and internationally. She was a finalist for the American Prize in Art Song in 2019. She performs regularly, as making music is a fundamental value in all she does. For more information on her recent and upcoming performance activities, please visit www.ivywalz.com.
Dr. Walz is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is an engaged clinician who 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.
Ivy holds the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and MM and BM in performance and education from Ithaca College School of Music.