Cheryl Boyd-Waddell

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Cheryl Boyd-Waddell (born Margaret Cheryl Boyd, March 31, 1952 - April 27, 2002) was an American operatic soprano and voice teacher. She was particularly known for her performances of works by contemporary classical composers.

A graduate of University of Southern California in 1974,[1] she went on to receive her master's degree and Doctorate in voice performance from the Eastman School of Music.[2] She was a member of the chamber ensemble, Thamyris, from 1988. She appeared with the ensemble at the Spoleto Festival USA and premiered over 30 new works with them,[2] including Songs of Love and Longing by Stephen Paulus.[3][4] At the time of her death, she was voice professor and director of vocal activities at Clayton State University in Georgia.[5]


Cheryl Boyd-Waddell appears as soprano soloist with the Thamyris ensemble on the following recordings:

  • Alvin Singleton: Extension of a Dream. Label: Albany Records
  • No Longer Of That World – Music of Karl Boelter. Label: Aca Digital
  • A City Called Heaven. Label: Aca Digital


  1. ^ University of Southern California (Autumn 1997). Alumni News Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Albany Records (2002). Liner notes: Alvin Singleton: Extension of a Dream. (reprinted by Anthology of Recorded Music)
  3. ^ Songs of Love and Longing on the official website of Stephen Paulus
  4. ^ McPhail, Claire (June 3, 1992). "Contemporary Music Hits High Note". The Post and Courier
  5. ^ American Music Teacher (June 1, 2002). "In Memoriam"

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