Professor Dawn Pierce, AD

Professor Dawn Pierce
  • Ithaca College
  • University of North Carolina
Singing is a skill, and a skill can be learned.

Dawn Pierce is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College. She earned a master of music in Opera Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she also obtained a postgraduate Professional Artist Certificate (Artist Diploma). In addition, she holds bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College. Praised as both an exceptional performer and an empowering teacher, she is devoted to promoting a deeper understanding of artistry and self-expression.

Professor Pierce abounds with experience in a wide variety of styles and venues. On the operatic stage, she played Charlotte in Werther with Mobile Opera, the title role in Carmen with Opera Ithaca, Beatrice in Beatrice and Benedict with Asheville Lyric Opera, Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Carolina and Opera Company of Middlebury, and Madelon and Bersi in Andrea Chénier with Nashville Opera. She is equally comfortable in musical theater, where she portrayed Franca in The Light in the Piazza, the Grand Duchess in The Student Prince, and Anita in West Side Story. On the concert stage, she has earned rave reviews for her interpretation of the alto solos in Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. She also has been a featured soloist with the Asheville Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the York Symphony Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Binghamton Downtown Singers, the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale, and the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has training in a number of dance styles, stage combat, and opera improvisation.

An innovative recital programmer, Professor Pierce performs frequently in collaboration with great artists such as Charis Dimaras, Emily Newton, and Christopher Zemliauskas. She presented The Four Types of Love, a mixed-genre recital exploring the four types of love through song, and was a featured recitalist at the Middlebury Song Fest with her Wild and Wonderful American art song program. Her other notable programs include Written in My Heart, an interactive recital exploring standard operatic literature in conjunction with technology, fine art, literature, and audience participation; My Native Land, a nontraditional solo recital featuring five commissioned works and exploring American genres such as folk, art, opera, musical theater, and spirituals; The Soprano Sisters, a humorous narrated program exploring the mezzo-soprano relationship in opera and musical theater; and Your Opera in a Trunk, a one-hour improvised opera with plot and characters determined by audience suggestion.

A versatile educator, Professor Pierce has experience as a private teacher, musical director, and master class presenter. In addition to teaching vocal technique, dramatic intention, musical interpretation, and body awareness to undergraduate, graduate, and professional-level singers, she encourages her students to perform frequently and at a wide variety of venues, from professional establishments to local retirement communities.

Not only is Professor Pierce deeply committed to teaching healthy vocal technique, but she is equally invested in both the artistic and personal growth of young artists. For nearly 20 years, she has designed numerous entrepreneurial workshops and programs examining a variety of issues related to artistry and technique. She offers a range of workshops designed to create well-rounded singers at all levels. Example topics include acting, score preparation, fitness, nutrition, mental well-being, effective practice skills, and recital preparation. She has also designed curricula and presented master classes covering audition techniques and improvisation for singers.

Testimonials

6 Courses and Sets

List Grid

Filter

6 Courses and Sets

  1. How to Sing Sale

    How to Sing

    Dawn Pierce
    4.8 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (19)
    Save up to $270.00 Starting at $84.95 $384.95 $84.95$384.95
    These expertly designed lessons break down the elements of voice technique into graspable steps, guiding you to build solid skills as a singer and to express yourself through any kind of music or style. In this course, you’ll learn how to find freedom of movement and flexibility in the vocal mechanism; produce clear tone; develop resonance; and interpret a text and communicate your connections to it in your...
  2. (SET) How to Sing & How to Play Piano Set on sale

    (SET) How to Sing & How to Play Piano

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $578.00 Starting at $137.90 $769.90 $137.90$769.90
    Tap into your inner musician and learn how to make beautiful music with your voice and 88 black and white keys with this two-course set. In How to Sing, explore both the art and science of singing in 24 enjoyable and highly effective lessons that train you in solid voice technique, the skills of vocal artistry, and styles of musical expression. Then, in How to Play Piano, discover the building blocks you need to go...
  3. (SET) How to Sing & How to Draw Set

    (SET) How to Sing & How to Draw

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    Can anyone really sing and draw? The answer is yes—if you’re willing to learn and practice. Get started with this two-course set that pairs How to Sing with How to Draw. In the first course, explore both the art and science of singing in 24 enjoyable and highly effective lessons that train you in solid voice technique, the skills of vocal artistry, and styles of musical expression. And in the second, build a...
  4. (SET) How to Sing & Learning to Play Guitar Set

    (SET) How to Sing & Learning to Play Guitar

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Wonder how you can sing and play guitar like your favorites singers and bands? Get a head start on your skills with this two-course set that brings together How to Sing with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. In the first course, explore both the art and science of singing in 24 enjoyable and highly effective lessons that train you in solid voice technique, the skills of vocal artistry, and styles...
  5. (SET) How to Sing & Mastering Stage Presence Set

    (SET) How to Sing & Mastering Stage Presence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Boost your confidence in singing before a public audience with this helpful two-course set. First, explore both the art and science of singing in 24 enjoyable and highly effective lessons that train you in solid voice technique, the skills of vocal artistry, and styles of musical expression in How to Sing. Then, in Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience, learn how to present yourself successfully,...
  6. (SET) How to Sing & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (SET) How to Sing & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Go inside the secrets of singing with this two-course set that’s just as much a joy to listen to as it is to learn from. In How to Sing, explore both the art and science of singing in 24 enjoyable and highly effective lessons that train you in solid voice technique, the skills of vocal artistry, and styles of musical expression. Then, root your understanding of singing within the larger context of Western music...