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, she went on to receive her master's degree and Doctorate in voice performance from the Eastman School of Music. 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, including Songs of Love and Longing by Stephen Paulus. At the time of her death, she was voice professor and director of vocal activities at Clayton State University in Georgia.
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
- University of Southern California (Autumn 1997). Alumni News Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Albany Records (2002). Liner notes: Alvin Singleton: Extension of a Dream. (reprinted by Anthology of Recorded Music)
- Songs of Love and Longing on the official website of Stephen Paulus
- McPhail, Claire (June 3, 1992). "Contemporary Music Hits High Note". The Post and Courier
- American Music Teacher (June 1, 2002). "In Memoriam"
- Thamyris official website
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