Vocalists are always striving for balance: not too loud or soft, dark or light, slow or fast. That’s why Dr. Schiller has positioned CIM as a haven for Bel Canto, an Italian method of singing that focuses on coordinating the breath perfectly with the muscles that control it. She promotes principles such as appoggio (Italian for “to lean”) and legato (a seamlessness of tones) to ensure students have the building blocks for successful careers and vocal longevity. Dr. Schiller has appeared in more than 30 operas; in oratorio and recital; and in leading roles such as Violetta, Fiordiligi and Susanna.


  • BM, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MM and DMA, The Ohio State University
  • Grants for study in Germany, including the Fulbright, Martha Baird Rockefeller, Richard Wagner Society, and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • Fellowship to Tanglewood

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • 2002–present
  • Additional faculty experience:
    • Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
    • The University of Akron School of Music
    • The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria
    • The Accademia dell'Opera in Rimini, Italy
    • The University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg