Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Sheridan Stormes, mezzo-soprano, modern language diction, music and fine arts librarian


Sheridan Stormes has taught lyric diction courses at Jordan College of the Arts since 1988.  The languages for which she has served as a diction teacher and coach include English, French, German, Italian, and Latin.  She has authored three "textlets" (as she prefers to call them) to aid in her teaching of diction: Hochdeutsch for Singers, Liaisons Dangereuses and Other Aggravations of French Diction for Singers, and Diction:  The Power of Pronunciation!  A Guide to Pristine Pronunciation of English, French, German, Italian and Latin for Classical Singers and Choral Directors.  In addition, Sheri has taught an undergraduate research class,Music Research Techniques,and has team-taught JCFA's graduate level Research in Music class. 

A mezzo-soprano, Sheri began her vocal studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and holds a BM and an MM in Vocal Performance from Butler University. Her voice teachers have included Dorothy Kocher, James Q. Mulholland, André Aerne, Bard Suverkrop, and Sharon Beckendorf Searles.  Additionally, she has performed in Master Classes for Carol Neblett, Philip Gossett, Thomas Grubb, and Nico Castel. 

In addition to her music degrees, Sheri holds an M.S. in Library Science from Indiana University, Sheri has served as a member of the Butler Libraries staff for over thirty-seven years.  She is the Libraries' current Performing and Fine Arts Librarian and liaison to Jordan College of the Arts.

Sheri's performing experience includes appearances on Butler's Faculty Artist Series, Pi Kappa Lambda Benefit Recitals, Romantic Festival Series, the Spirit & Place Festival, and with the Indiana Opera Theatre, and as soloist with the Carmel Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has performed such works as Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Symphony No. 4, Elgar's Sea Pictures, Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Handel's Utrecht Jubilate

She sang as alto section leader for High Holy Day services at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation for over twenty years and is currently the alto in the Temple Quartet.  In addition, she has served as soloist/section leader for several large churches in the Indianapolis area, including Trinity Episcopal, Meridian Street United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church of Indianapolis.  She also performed for several seasons as a member of the vocal quartet "Vocal-Ease" (a group made up of four Butler alumni!) and as a member of the Indiana State Museum Players, a group which presented musical revues both on the ISM stage and at various venues in Indiana as part of the Museum's Outreach/Distance Learning Program.  In this capacity, Sheri has sung everything from "bad" Indiana songs to Gilbert and Sullivan to Broadway show tunes to shows devoted to the music of some of Indiana's best native song composers:  Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter!  She was also a vocal soloist for the annual "Celebration of Advent" recital at the Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill Cemetery for several seasons. 

Sheri is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is a member, past Delta Zeta Chapter President, and past National Associate Regent of Pi Kappa Lambda national music honorary.  She is an alumna of Sigma Alpha Iota and Active and Performing Member of Indianapolis Matinée Musicale.  Sheri also has served as Vice President of the University's chapter of the general honorary, Phi Kappa Phi.  In addition, Sheri has served as an adjudicator for various statewide vocal competitions, including the Prelude Awards and ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association).

As part of her role as Performing & Fine Arts Librarian, Sheri is very involved with the Midwest Chapter and the national organization of the Music Library Association.  Recently, she was voted Chair-elect of the MLA Midwest Chapter.  She co-authored a chapter in Careers in Music Librarianship II, a book sponsored by the MLA and published by Scarecrow Press.  Most recently, Sheri was chief editor for the "Music-General" Chapter of Magazines for Libraries(LaGuardia, ed.) and was a contributor to the forth-coming publication, A Basic Music Library (4th ed., ALA).


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