Pianist and vocal coach Natalie R. Sherer thrives in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists and fosters security, confidence, and creativity with her musical partners. This fall, she will begin a new role as Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching & Collaborative Artist at Florida State University. In 2021, Ms. Sherer worked as a pianist & coach for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2020 Intern Program, recently performed and coached at Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Festival, and was a Fellow of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago as the pianist for the Artful Song trio. She has also performed with orchestras both as a pianist and soprano. Ms. Sherer studied at Manhattan School of Music, Wheaton College, and Roosevelt University, and earned a DMA in Collaborative Piano Performance at the University of Michigan, studying with renowned pianist Martin Katz.
As a pianist constantly active in the art song, opera, and chamber music worlds, I find joy in cultivating meaningful, musical partnerships and creating moments of beauty and hope for audiences. The “threads” of piano, voice, poetry, and relationships have consistently woven throughout my life, and they perfectly converge in collaborative piano and vocal coaching. I not only desire to pursue collaborative work, I feel a responsibility to do so. I strive for the highest levels of expression and unity with my collaborators to connect with audiences memorably. Discovering the joy of partnering well has been an inspiring and enriching part of my 25-year musical journey, and I foster security, confidence, and creativity with my collaborators.
I have built a dynamic, multifaceted career of performing, coaching, and teaching. The high level of musicianship, listening, anticipation, professionalism, and relational skills needed to excel as a collaborative pianist makes for a rewarding musical life. I hope to inspire fellow pianists to recognize how these skills inform and elevate all musical endeavors, solo and collaborative alike.