Teaching & Seminars

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​In 2015, Cherry Duke joined the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches applied voice and is the Director of Opera UTEP. Additionally, she teaches private voice lessons in El Paso and consults on personal marketing and career building for performing artists. She is also available for master classes and arts marketing/music business seminars nationwide.

Cherry’s focus in voice lessons is on healthy vocal production and freedom of expression, regardless of style. Emphasis is on physical alignment and balancing vocal registers, using principles of the Swedish-Italian school of singing, voice science, Alexander Technique, and yoga. Awareness of body and mind (thoughts) is strengthened.  Cherry teaches with kindness, empathy, and positive affirmation. Her pedagogical mentors and influences include Judith Natalucci, David L. Jones, and Joan Wall.


Cherry Duke is the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Ann Horak and Charles Horak III Teaching Excellence Endowment Award from the UTEP College of Liberal Arts and a 2023 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System.


She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (where her students have won numerous prizes), the National Opera Association, Opera America, Texas Music Educators Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, Actors Equity Association, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

For seminar & lesson requests, please contact Cherry via email.

Master Classes:

Performing Arts Business Seminars

Available through YourType Arts Partners

Topics include:

  • Crafting Your Career: Essential Business Skills for Performing Artists
  • A Freelancer’s Life
  • The Essence of Self-Promotion
  • Web Sites for Performing Artists


  • St. Olaf College
  • Northeastern State University
  • Bay View Music Festival
  • Converse College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Alabama
  • Texas Tech University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • Salisbury University

For more information on Performing Arts Business Seminars, click here.

Original Cast Album

Original Cast Recording, available on VIA Records.

City Center Encores! Cast Album

The New Moon Album Cover

Cherry Duke teaches voice and opera at the University of Texas at El Paso