|Dean Southern, Susan Williams|
About Dean Southern
Southern currently serves on the Cleveland Institute of Music's faculty. Southern earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music after earning a master's in voice performance from the University of Akron, where he studied with Clifford Billions. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Luther College in Iowa and a master's degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri.
Southern regularly presents master classes in the U.S. and abroad, including the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm, Sweden, the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Valencia, Spain, and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Since 2004, he has spent his summers on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where he teaches voice and gives the Henry Pleasants lecture series on historic singers.
In addition to performing and teaching, Southern is a columnist for "Classical Singer" magazine. The magazine has published his articles, "Practicing 101: Ten Tips for Making the Most of Your Time Between Lessons" and the three-part series "Distant Voices: Listening to Singers of the Past."
About Susan Williams
Williams completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the guidance of Dr. Mary Schiller at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her operatic work includes: Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the title role of Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and Adele in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. With Lyric Opera Cleveland, she was privileged to prepare the role of Beth in Little Women under the direction of composer Mark Adamo.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she has performed internationally in a wide range of leading opera roles and as a vocal soloist. In Miami, Florida she was a featured lieder soloist at the Mainly Mozart Festival where she also performed Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes. She appeared with the Duke Symphony Orchestra in Durham, North Carolina as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, where she has also been heard as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
In Graz, Austria, she sang the soprano solos in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition at the American Institute of Musical Studies. Williams has served as the Opera Department Administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has taught at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and most recently at The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.