About Dr. Kerry Ginger
Kerry Ginger is a assistant professor of vocal arts at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2015. Dr. Kerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, is active as a teacher, performer, and clinician across the American West. She joined the Fort Lewis College Voice faculty from Phoenix, Arizona, where she earned her Master’s of Music in Opera Performance and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice at Arizona State University.
Dr. Ginger made her professional opera debut with the Phoenix Opera in 2010, and has since appeared in roles with The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera. During her years in Phoenix, she performed as a Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera’s outreach program, OperaTunity, and with the Arizona Opera chorus. Dr. Ginger was nominated for a statewide AriZoni Theater Award in 2010 for her stage work in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. An avid recitalist and collaborator, she won the Arizona NATS Artist Award recital competition in 2008. Recent and upcoming engagements in concert include the 2016 Durango Bach Festival, 2016 Music in the Mountains Festival, 2016-2017 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango Recital Series, and 2016-2017 3rd Ave. Arts Recital Series.
An enthusiastic choral artist, Dr. Ginger has performed with the Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy, with whom she recorded the 2016 GRAMMY-winning release, Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil. She is a member of the internationally acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus under Matthew Halls, and appears regularly with nationally recognized choral organizations including True Concord Voices and Orchestra and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Dr. Ginger is proud to appear on True Concord’s September 2015 Reference Records disc, Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, another 2016 GRAMMY nominee. In 2016, Dr. Ginger founded Quadrivium, the professional vocal chamber ensemble of the Four Corners region, with colleagues Charissa Chiaravalloti and Erik Gustafson.
Dr. Ginger has served on the Music faculties of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix College, and Whitman College, and held a Faculty Associate position in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University. In addition to her collegiate teaching, she currently offers community education classes in music at the Durango-La Plata County Senior Center and through Durango’s Lifelong Lecture Series.
Dr. Ginger is an active scholar, most recently publishing liner notes for the 2016 Albany Records classical release, Songs to Fill the Void. She has presented at the College Music Society’s Rocky Mountain and Pacific Southwest Regional Conferences, and was recently recognized for her research by the nationally circulated Journal of Singing. Committed to service within the field of vocal arts, Dr. Ginger recently completed a three-year term on the executive board of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is a member of NATS, College Music Society, Colorado Music Educators Association, and the Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. Dr. Ginger has given clinics on behalf of The Phoenix Symphony, Ear Candy Charity, the Greater Phoenix Choral Festival, and more.
Dr. Ginger resides in Durango with her husband and fellow native Portlander, tenor Erik Gustafson, and their beloved cat, Sweet Pea.
Dr. Gingern contributed vocals as a part of the Phoenix Chorale to “Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil,” the winner of Best Choral Performance at the 2016 Grammys.
Phoenix Chorale, Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, March 2015 (CD, Naxos/Chandos)
True Concord (formerly Tucson Chamber Artists), Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, September 2015 (CD, Reference Recordings)
CORO, Sweet Music Here, 2013 (iTunes)
Second Bridesmaid, Le Nozze di Figaro, Arizona Opera, 2013
Third Spirit, Die Zauberflöte, Phoenix Opera, 2010
Cat, Brundibár, Krása, Phoenix Symphony, 2010
Messiah, Handel, Numerous venues throughout Arizona, 2014
Magnificat, Bach, Camelback Bible Church, Phoenix, 2013
Selected Publications and Presentations
Liner notes, Occident Meets Orient (CD, Albany Records), 2015
“Recent Research in Singing” feature, National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing, 2014
“Performing Gender in the Lyric Mezzo Operatic Repertoire,” College Music Society Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2014
“Constructing the Barbarian: Bartók, Peasants, and Primitivism,” College Music Society Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 2012