Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer
Professor of Voice
Christine Isley-Farmer, soprano, teaches voice and the Alexander Technique at MTSU. She has had extensive singing experience in both opera and concert. For five and a half years, she performed in European opera houses and in concert in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, England, and Ireland. Operatic experience in the United States includes the Des Moines Opera Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, and the Colorado Lyric Theater, to name a few. Before traveling to Europe to fulfill her European contracts, Isley-Farmer sang with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center for a year. Roles that she has sung include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Liu in Turandot, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as numerous operetta roles. Concert experience consists of recitals in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and Colorado.
Since 1997, Isley-Farmer has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She trained for four years at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia, PA and then earned her certification with Alexander Technique International. She has conducted Alexander Technique workshops throughout the Southeastern region of the United States. In addition, she has taught the Alexander Technique for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. In 2003, her article on Alexander Technique and singing was published in the widely distributed Journal of Singing, the publication of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Students of Isley-Farmer have won and placed in the finals of both regional and national competitions: the Metropolitan Regional Auditions, the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, and the Grace Moore Vocal Competition, to name a few. Her students have entered prestigious programs at the graduate level both in the United States and abroad. Former students have gone on to earn doctoral degrees and to teach at the university level, as well as to pursue professional singing careers. Isley-Farmer also taught the first MTSU student to be awarded the coveted Fulbright Scholarship for study in Europe.
She holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the DMA in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
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Lied der Ophelia -1st movement from Romantic suite, Opus 127 by Dimitri Shostakovich