Sheridan Zuther began teaching in MacPhail’s Voice department in 2019. She has previously taught private voice and beginning piano at her studio in Minneapolis. She’s also taught at the Interact Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul and jazz and musical theatre at the International Music Camp.
Her teaching philosophy is that fun is first! Focus on healthy vocal pedagogy is next: breathing, increasing range, smoothing vocal “breaks”—all strengthened via exercises and songs. She works on ear training and listening, auditioning and performance skills; scat and improvising; mic technique; music theory and basic piano; how to get and keep gigs.
Sheridan has sang at Carnegie Hall, and in the Twin Cities, has starred in musical theatre productions at the Guthrie, Ordway Center, Pantages, Park Square, Bloomington Civic, Minneapolis Musical Theater, productions with the Minnesota Orchestra. She was guest soloist with Robert Robinson’s Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir. As an alumni of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, she is one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network, promoting public awareness and advancement of cabaret performance in the Twin Cities community.
Sheridan performed full-time for seven years with the nationally-acclaimed vocal quintet Five By Design, and thoroughly enjoyed working in the entertainment industry as their Operations Manager as well as co-creating Five By Design’s musical production Stay Tuned, which premiered in 2006 with the Arkansas Symphony. With 5XD, she toured the continental U.S. and Canada averaging 210 days on the road, performing lush harmonies and swingin’ rhythms with pop symphony orchestras and studio big bands, in conjunction with teaching vocal clinics and master classes in high schools and universities.
She holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance-Opera from the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music.