Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University


Associate Professor of Music: Voice and Vocal Pedagogy

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Soprano Catherine Verrilli is a versatile, dynamic singer and accomplished teacher. The Washington Post praises her voice as "gently agile," and "well-rounded in tone, expressive in diction." She was a finalist in the Washington International Competition for Singers and was also awarded the Judges' Discretionary Prize. Other awards include Regional Winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Auditions, and Winner of the Mid-Atlantic Governor's Outreach Award.

Verrilli earned the degree doctor of musical arts from the University of Maryland School of Music where she studied with LouiseMcLelland, stage director Leon Major and coach Bob Mc Coy. She was selected to perform in master classes of some of the world’s most respected musicians, including Evelyn Lear, John Wustmann, Martin Katz, Gerard Souzay, Rudolf Jansen and Margot Garrett.  She has regularly appeared as soloist with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Chorale, the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra, the Sunrise String Quartet, and the Washington Opera Outreach program.

Her solo appearances have been in such prestigious venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has appeared as a recitalist in the Landmark Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, the Thursday Musical recital series in and the concert series Music at St. Luke’s (Minneapolis), as well as the Arts Club of Washington D.C., the Renwick National Gallery of American Art, Her operatic roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Marie in La Fille du Regiment, and Carolina in Luisa Fernanda. She collaborated on the recording "Amore e gelosia: Italian Duets of G. F. Händel ," and can also be heard on a recording for the 1999 Händel Festival in Halle, Germany. She has twice appeared as soprano soloist in the Paramount Festival Messiah performances in St. Cloud.

Verrilli is a member of Trio Lorca with colleagues Terry Vermillion (percussion) and  Melissa Krause (flute). The Trio has premiered works by Michael Wittgraf, Melissa Krause, and Kristian Twombly; performances have been throughout the midwest. Recently the soprano sang the European premieres (France and Germany) of Stephen Paulus’ Holocaust Oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn. During the 2009-2010 year Dr. Verrilli was on sabbatical, singing and conducting pedagogical research. 2009 performances included a nine-city recital tour of American music with longtime collaborator pianist Ann DuHamel. Recitals were performed in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and New Hampshire. During the fall of 2010, she will be singing recitals in Minnesota, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

Dr. Verrilli teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, music history, and music in world cultures.  While a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, she was awarded a double Teaching Assistantship in Voice/Opera and Ethnomusicology, so she feels very fortunate to be able to indulge all of her passions at St. Cloud State.

Dr. Verrilli is an active clinician and speaker in central Minnesota. She has presented clinics at area high schools, delivered workshops on stage deportment for area chapters of Sigma Alpha Iota, and has adjudicated numerous Solo and Ensemble contests. Most recently Dr. Verrilli was invited to present a vocal workshop for the Minnesota Center Chorale, under the direction of J. Michele Edwards, and is engaged to give a pre-concert lecture at the October 30th concert of the St. Cloud Symphony.

Dr. Verrilli is regularly invited to present lecture recitals and workshops at College Music Society conferences, MMEA Mid-Winter In-Service Clinics, and the Midwest Conference on Latin American Studies. In addition to teaching applied voice lessons, she also teaches Vocal Pedagogy (graduate and undergraduate), Lyric Diction, Experiencing Live Music, and Music in World Cultures.

D.M.A. - University of Maryland College Park

M.M. - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

B.M. - Shenandoah University


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