Amity Bryson

My study of music, specifically vocal performance, has included the study of several languages: French, German, Italian, Czech, Russian and Latin.  While my expertise tends to hover around love and death (not terribly practical when traveling) the exposure to culture through language is incredibly useful to understanding the culture of a people and thus interpretation of characters. My personal research tends to be more focused in European and American idioms such as art song, opera and patronage.  However, the influence of many cultures upon 21st century music is vital to a comprehensive understanding of musicology, performance practice, composition and analysis.

Recent Work & Background

Dr. Amity Bryson, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department, teaches various music courses including applied voice, directs both Avila Singers and University Singers, and also teaches in the Women's & Gender Studies program. As a lyric soprano, Dr. Bryson continues to perform on both the recital and opera stage. Recent recitals include a program of art songs by women composers, featuring In a Persian Garden by Liza Lehmann. Opera roles have included Zerlina, Juliette, and Ännchen, but most memorable was her portrayal of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.

Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Dr. Bryson is active in local, state, and national professional music organizations. As a member of the board of the Kansas City Metro chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for the last two years, Dr. Bryson was recently appointed president of the chapter for a two-year term. She also serves on the state board of Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs.


Spring 2016

MU 111 01 Applied Voice

MU 251 01 University Singers

MU 271 01 Music Theory I

MU 271 L 02 Music Theory Lab

MU 291 01 Diction for Singers

MU 380 01 Special Topics

MU 395 01 Fundamentals of Conducting 

MU 490 01 Directed Studies

MU 498 01 Senior Recital

TR 211 01 Voice/Diction & Dialects

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The Arts at Avila: These Shining Lives

these shining lives
February 22-25
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. 
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Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

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All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.