Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, Creativity, and Outreach
Ivy Walz, DMA
Dr. Ivy Walz is the Associate Dean for Faculty, Research, Creativity, and Outreach at the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech. Some of her main responsibilities include supporting faculty by facilitating research and engagement activities, assisting existing and developing community and outreach projects, support tenure and promotion processes, and collaborating on accreditation for each of the Schools of the College. She also supports students through coordination of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships (GPTI/TA) and awards.
Her most recent role before joining Texas Tech University was Associate Dean for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Ithaca College. Her leadership experience also includes interim roles and training such as the HERS Leadership Institute. She seeks to build bridges through servant leadership, teaching, and performing, fostering a learning centered environment that encompasses the development of skill, self-expression, and artistry.
Dr. Ivy Walz holds the BM ('98) in Music Education and Performance, MM ('02) in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College, and the DMA ('14) in Voice Performance with a cognate in Vocal Pedagogy from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Mezzo soprano Ivy Walz has been featured with the Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Tri-Cities Opera. She is an active soloist with orchestras and chamber music groups, featured recently with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Akron Symphony, Symphoria, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. This season she will perform with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. As a recitalist she specializes in performing works by living and underrepresented composers. Invited recital performances include the International Music by Women Festival, SongFest, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Denver Art Song Project, Civic Morning Musicals, and Middlebury Song Fest.
Dr. Ivy Walz is a vocal educator dedicated to serving all learners curious about the craft of singing and enjoys teaching classical and contemporary singing styles. She incorporates integrative pedagogies and approaches towards development of techniques that support longevity, artistry, joy, and wellbeing. She served on the voice faculties at Ithaca College, the State University of New York at Cortland, and Cornell University. Her students have gone on to top graduate programs, are currently teaching in k-12 and community arts programs and are thriving in meaningful careers. An active and engaged clinician, she has been a guest clinician for Higher Voice Studio, TCO Teens, College Audition Advantage, Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca, Denver Art Song Project High School Competition and other schools, colleges and universities.