Dr. Jami Lercher- 2022 North Dakota All-State Treble Choir Director

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Dr. Jami Lercher is currently Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the Baldwin Wallace Music Conservatory in Berea, Ohio. She conducts the BW Treble Choir and teaches courses in choral methods, conducting, and vocal techniques. Jami spent 14 years in public schools teaching elementary and secondary music in Atlantic, Iowa and Roseville, Minnesota, and now enjoys visiting NE Ohio music classrooms to observe pre-service educators in action. An advocate for affirming diverse musical traditions, she served as the Artistic Director of the South Florida Jewish Chorale for two seasons. She also helped found and co-chair the ACDA-Minnesota 9-10th Grade SSAA Honor Choir and is passionate about providing meaningful musical experiences for all.

 

Jami is an Iowa native, and earned her undergraduate degree in music education at Iowa State University under Dr. James Rodde. Through a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she completed the Master of Music degree from the University of Wales where she studied Celtic music and wrote a thesis on ‘Teaching Singing to Students with Hearing-Impairments.” She was awarded the DMA in Choral Conducting under Dr. Amanda Quist from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music where she researched and transcribed the choral works of Welsh composer, Morfydd Owen (1891-1918). Jami’s research interests include bringing to life the music of marginalized composers, and engaging creativity and critical thinking in the choral rehearsal. She is an active member of ACDA, NAfME, and NCCO and has been invited to present on music by women, increasing representation in choral programming, and developing warm-ups that contribute to repertoire retention. Her edition of Aleotti’s Surge Propera Amica Mea is published by Walton Music.

 

When not making music, Jami enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her husband (Ryan) and daughter (Luci).