Sylvia Stoner



  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, December 2010 The University of Kansas, Joyce Castle, Principal Teacher
  • Master of Music, Vocal Performance, May 1998 Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Inci Bashar, Principal Teacher
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theater, Magna cum laude, May 1994 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Anne Turner, Principal Teacher

Teaching Experience

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York), Artist-in-Residence in Voice, August 2014-present

  • Teach private voice lessons for majors and non-majors
  • Teach performance classes
  • Direct Opera Workshop

Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas), Director of Opera, Lecturer in Voice, August 2011-2014

  • Direct opera productions for the Washburn Opera Studio
  • Teach Music for the Stage, Music Theater Workshop
  • Teach private voice lessons for Voice majors and non-majors
  • Teach Vocal Literature
  • Teach Enjoyment of Music

University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas), Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2007-Spring 2010

  • Voice lessons for undergraduate Voice Performance, Music Education and Music Therapy majors
  • Studio classes and group recitals for students
  • Prepare Music Education and Music Therapy seniors for degree recitals
  • Teach voice performance classes for music majors

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, High School Honors Artists Program, Fall 2009-present

  • Voice lessons for 12 selected high school students
  • Monthly master classes
  • Preparation for contests and college auditions

Community School of the Arts (Kansas City, Missouri), Teaching Artist, 2008-2010

  • Teach private voice lessons for students from age 9-adult
  • Conduct master classes for studio and school

University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, Kansas), Interim Lecturer, 2009

  • Voice lessons for undergraduate music minors
  • Group recitals
  • Jury preparation

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York) Interim Lecturer in Voice, 2006

  • Voice lessons for 22 Music Majors, Minors, and Non-majors
  • Weekly Studio classes
  • Coordinated juries, special master classes, and visiting artists
  • Judged voice division of Filene Music Competition

Opera Workshop Director

  • Workshop premiere of new one-act opera Music on the Water and four scenes from Mark Adamo's Little Women
  • Acted as stage director and musical director
  • Coordinated visiting composer and guest artist


  • Featured artist of the New York State Music Teachers Association conference (premiered Loves Philosophy and performed solo voice recital)


  • Master Class in Performance, selected voice students, University of Nebraska, March 2009
  • Delaware Valley Music Festival, Solo Voice and Vocal Ensembles, February 2009
  • Master Class for Lyric High School Honors Artists, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, May 2007-09
  • Master Class, selected voice students, Skidmore College, May 2005


  • Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, George Abbott's Contribution to Musical Theater through the 1950s, American Music Research Center Journal (2010): forthcoming.
  • Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, Newly commissioned articles on Broadway icons, New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2011: Oxford University Press): forthcoming.

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