Music Department - Ginger

Dr. Kerry Ginger, Voice and Theory

Dr. Kerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, is active as a teacher, performer, and clinician across the American West. She joins 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 appeared since 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 was a member of 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. She has enjoyed numerous engagements in oratorio, and is pleased to join the 2016 Durango Bach Festival, 2016 Music in the Mountains Festival, and 2016-2017 St. Mark’s Recital Series in Durango as a featured soloist.

An enthusiastic choral artist, Dr. Ginger has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy, with whom she recorded the 2016 Grammy-nominated Chandos Records release, Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil. She is a member of the internationally-acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus under Matthew Halls and Helmuth Rilling, and appears regularly with nationally recognized choral organizations including True Concord Voices and Orchestra. 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 April 2015, Dr. Ginger joined the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips for performances with the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus, and she sang with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for its Winter 2015 season.

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, Dr. Ginger has lectured at ASU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Metropolitan Arts Institute of Phoenix, and she currently offers community education classes in music at the Durango-La Plata County Senior Center.

Dr. Ginger is an active scholar, most recently publishing liner notes for the 2015 Albany Records classical release, Occident Meets Orient. 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. Future projects include liner notes for an upcoming recording featuring newly-commissioned works by American composer Scott Wheeler. 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, the College Music Society, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the American Musicological Society, 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.

Contact Information:
Dr. Kerry Ginger
Jones Hall 212
(970) 247-7143

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2019 Audition Dates:

  • February 9, 2019
  • March 16, 2019