Dr. Sheila Dunn

Chair, Music | MUH 3990 - Women in Popular Music | 8/24/14 (QM)

Dr. Sheila Dunn is Assistant Professor of Voice and Program Director for the Department of Music. She joined the UWF faculty in 2008 and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She won the UWF Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Dr. Dunn enjoys an exiting performing career that includes opera, musical theatre, and pops. She has performed with many opera companies and symphonies throughout the United States including Chautauqua Opera and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

As a performer, Dr. Dunn has always been fascinated with the role that women have played in the development of popular music over time. Her passion for the topic lead her to develop her online course, WOMEN IN POPULAR MUSIC - MUH3990. This course is an exploration of the rich heritage of 20th and 21st century iconic popular female performers and song-writers. The primary focus of this class will be to examine how the lives and musical output of female musicians were influenced by major historical events throughout the modern era such as World War I and II, the suffrage movement, the women’s liberation movement and other events leading up to current times. Includes detailed studies of legendary female musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga.

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