Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer
Professor of Voice, Voice-Area Coordinator
Christine Isley-Farmer, soprano, coordinates the voice area and teaches voice at MTSU. Other areas of expertise and teaching experience at MTSU have included diction classes and the Alexander Technique. She has had extensive singing experience in opera, concert, and chamber music. 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 LincolnCenter for a year. Roles that she has sung include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen of the Night and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Liù in Turandot, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore, as well as operetta and musical theatre roles. Concert experience consists of recitals throughout the Southeastern United States in addition to appearances in Ohio, New York, and Colorado.
Since 1997, Isley-Farmer has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She trained 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 US and teaches the Alexander Technique annually for the month-long TN Governor’s School for the Arts. She has published several articles on the Alexander Technique in the widely-distributed Journal of Singing and in the publication of Alexander Technique International. Most recently, she presented at the 12th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
Students of Isley-Farmer have won and placed in the finals of both regional and national competitions. Her students have entered prestigious programs at the graduate level both nationally and abroad. Former students have gone on to earn doctoral degrees, teach at the collegiate level, as well as to pursue professional singing careers in the US and abroad. Isley-Farmer also taught the first MTSU student to be awarded the coveted Fulbright Scholarship for study in Europe.
Isley-Farmer presently serves as ex-officio president and treasurer for the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. As president, she spearheaded the activation of this chapter in the state. 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.