Panel - Thought Experiments in Voice Pedagogy​
There is a saying that “many roads lead to Rome.” This could be applied to a variety of approaches teachers use to guide singers toward efficient and artistic singing. Using YouTube clips to stimulate conversation, the panelists will discuss their individual approaches to facilitating a change technically or artistically based on their observations.





Financial Disclosure: Dr. Schiel has no financial relationships to disclose. 


Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Schiel has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Melissa Schiel, DMA

Canadian Mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel has established herself as a concert soloist, stage performer and recitalist. Past chamber and orchestral highlights include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’éte, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Berio’s Folk Songs, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mahler’s Symphony No.2, and Verdi’s Requiem. Recent performances include Lord Nelson Mass with Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed collaborating and performing in the Pacific Northwest with Rainer Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle. Outside the Pacific Northwest, on the operatic stage, she has sung popular mezzo roles such as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Olga (Eugene Onegin), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Maddelena (Rigoletto), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), The Old Lady (Candide) and Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring). In 2007, she premiered the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in Later the Same Evening: an opera by American composer John Musto. Since 2011, Schiel has been on faculty at Central Washington University where she teaches applied lessons, vocal pedagogy, and diction. She is President of the Intermountain region NATS Chapter and Area Coordinator of voice at CWU. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2009) in vocal performance from University of Maryland, a Master of Music (2005) in vocal performance from University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music (1998) in vocal performance from McGill University.