Department Head 2015-Present
Cindy Dewey, soprano, is the Music Department Head at Utah State University. From 1996-2015 Professor Dewey served as Voice and Opera Area Head at USU. She continues to teach Applied Voice and to direct the Marie Eccles Caine-Russell Family Opera Outreach Quartet. Before joining the music faculty at USU, Dr. Dewey was a tenured Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia University where she was the director of graduate and undergraduate programs in voice performance and pedagogy. Dr. Dewey earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees in Voice Performance at Louisiana State University where she was a student of master teacher Sandra Kungle, and Metropolitan Opera star, Martina Arroyo. She earned her master's degree under the tutelage of nationally recognized voice teacher, Herald Stark. In addition, Dr. Dewey was a long-time student of Oren L. Brown of the Juilliard School, with whom she organized two international multi-disciplinary seminars on healthy voice use, held here on the campus of Utah State University.
Dewey has an active concert career. She has performed with symphonies in the U.S. and Canada. She has been a frequent soloist with the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the baton of one of her favorite conductors, Dr. Craig Jessop. Recent performances include Cundick's The Redeemer, the Bach B minor Mass, Mozart's Grand Mass in c minor, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Haydn's Creation, and Mozart's Requiem. A versatile performer, Dewey also appears regularly in faculty recitals and concerts, performing everything from Broadway/Cabaret evenings to art song recitals to a performance of Brahms' Two Songs for Alto and Viola with Bradley Ottesen of the Fry Street Quartet.
Dr. Dewey is recognized nationally for her voice teaching. Her students are currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera and elsewhere. Her students have won a number of national honors and competitions. She was recently elected to the position of Cal-Western Regional Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has also served as NATS District Governor in both Utah and West Virginia. Her students have gone on to compete at the national level in the NATS National Student Auditions and in the NATS Artist Award Competition. Dewey has been invited to present/perform at numerous national NATS conventions, and has served as both Program Chair and Conference Chair at two recent conventions.
Dr. Dewey recently completed her sabbatical during which she worked as a Research Affiliate at the National Center for Voice and Speech. In addition to her degrees in music, Dewey has a second Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and plans to complete her second master's degree once she has finished putting her children through college. Dewey has maintained a private voice studio for over three decades where she works to habilitate and rehabilitate singers at all levels of ability.