Assistant Professor of Voice
Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice and Master of Music in opera performance at Arizona State University
123 Guerry Hall
Dr. Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano, is active nationally as a voice pedagogue, performer, clinician, and scholar. Currently an assistant professor of voice at Sewanee: The University of the South, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice and Master of Music in opera performance at Arizona State University. As a voice instructor, Dr. Ginger enables her students to find a free and vibrant vocal production in all styles. She is a member of the Tennessee chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and participated in the highly selective NATS Intern teacher training program in 2019.
Dr. Ginger has appeared as a soloist with Music in the Mountains, The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, Quintessence, and Southwest Arts. An avid choral artist, she performs regularly with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival, and Brevitas, and has also sung with Kinnara, Spire, sounding light, Helios, and the Phoenix Chorale. Dr. Ginger appears on Grammy Award-winning recordings by the Phoenix Chorale and True Concord for the Naxos/Chandos and Reference labels, as well as albums with Brevitas and Coro. She maintains an active schedule of oratorio engagements and recitals and heads a professional vocal quartet, Element.
Dr. Ginger’s research interests include feminist and queer musicology, vocal music, and the intersection of music and culture. Her current research centers on women’s participation and portrayal in twentieth-century Viennese modernism. She has presented at the College Music Society 2018 National Conference, the CMS Rocky Mountain and Pacific Southwest regional conferences, the West Central Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Colorado Music Educators Association. She has published program notes for the Phoenix Chorale and liner notes for the Albany Records classical releases Songs to Fill the Void and Other Works by American Composers (2016) and Occident Meets Orient (2015). Committed to service within music, Dr. Ginger has sat on the executive board of the CMS Rocky Mountain chapter and the CMEA collegiate council and has served on the executive board of the Valley of the Sun chapter of NATS. Dr. Ginger is also committed to best practices in teaching and assessment and recently participated in the 2019 CMS Summit 2.0 on music school curriculum development. She is passionate about promoting undergraduate research, and regularly assists students with grant writing, applied research, and presentation opportunities.
Dr. Ginger has served on the vocal arts and music history faculties of Fort Lewis College, Grand Canyon University, and Phoenix College, and held a faculty associate position in music history and literature at Arizona State University. A native of Portland, OR, she is delighted to be a part of the Sewanee community along with her husband, tenor Erik Gustafson, and her cat, Sweet Pea.
Areas of ExpertiseFeminist and queer musicology, vocal music, and the intersection of music and culture.