Adjunct Instructor of Music (Voice)
D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
M.M., Temple University
B.A., SUNY College at Fredonia
Mezzo-soprano Dr. Nora Sirbaugh was appointed in 1989 to the adjunct music faculty at The College of New Jersey where she teaches:
- MUS 124: Diction for Singers I
- MUS 125: Diction for Singers II
- MUS 200: Intermediate Private Voice Lessons
- MUS 300: Advanced Private Voice Lessons
- MUS 325: Vocal Literature
- MUS 400: Advanced Private Voice Lessons
She is also currently an Instructor of Music and Voice at Mercer County Community College. Previously, Dr. Sirbaugh taught Voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and at Temple University.
Dr. Sirbaugh was the recipient of the Peabody Development Grant, a research grant for study of original manuscripts in Gloucester, England. In addition, she was awarded the Peabody Scholarship, Temple University Opera Scholarship, and The Delius Trust from the United Kingdom to fund her 2000 European concert tour.
As a performer, Dr. Sirbaugh’s solo engagements include performances in major US cities and England as well as numerous opera roles and oratorio. Dr. Sirbaugh has studied under Nell Rankin, Wayne Conner, and David Jones and was coached by John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Thomas Grubb. Her doctoral thesis for the Peabody Conservatory in Maryland, entitled Ivor Gurney and his Vision of Gloucestershire in Music, was on the relationship of Gurney’s music to Gloucestershire. She presented a lecture-recital on that subject, with David Goodland and Stephen Peet, at the launch of the Ivor Gurney Society in 1995. She has published a related article, Reflections on Singing Ivor Gurney.
Dr. Sirbaugh has numerous publications to her credit including several books and CD reviews for The Delian, The British Music Society News, The Delius Society Journal, and The NATS Journal.