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In 1984, Strempel began her undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music and received her bachelor's degree in 1984. In 1991, she studied on full scholarship at Indiana University for her master's degree. Then, in 1998, Strempel was awarded a doctor of music from Indiana University for her dissertation, "The Gendered Salon in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris: The Works of Marie Grandval".
During her years at Indiana University, she was an Associate Instructor of Voice. Strempel's career then took her to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, as Director of the Opera Workshop, Instructor of Voice, and German and French Diction. In 1997, she became the Voice Dept. Head and Director of the Opera Workshop of Queens College: Aaron Copland Preparatory School for Music. Strempel became a vocal presence at Syracuse University as an Affiliate Artist, before moving to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for her position as an Assistant Professor of Voice. In 2000, she joined Syracuse University as the Director of the Opera Workshop and Assistant Professor of Voice. In 2001, she began a joint position between the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences, and served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and was an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts. Strempel left Syracuse in 2015 for the University of Cincinnati, where she became senior vice provost for academic affairs.
Strempel has 2 children with her husband, musicologist Stephen Meyer.
Strempel has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Amato Opera, Bolshoi Opera, the National Chorale, New York Philharmonic, Syrcause Children's Chorus, As a recording artist, she has been featured on 5 recordings, three of which were recorded in the presence such notable composers as Libby Larsen, Gregg Smith, and Anthony Ascioti. Strempel is an advocate for women composers and has received numerous grants from national groups and institutions. She has been published in Classical Singer magazine, Journal of Singing, Reader's Guide to Music: History, Criticism, Theory, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and Teaching Music. Most recently, Strempel premiered a cycle of songs by Margaret Atwood and Tania Leon. She also teaches voice privately.
Strempel has affiliations with the following organizations: American Musicological Society, College Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Lyrica Society, Margaret Atwood Society, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Central New York Music Teachers Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Rebecca Clarke Society, Society for New Music (Board of Directors).
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