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Toronto loses significant voice teacher with death of Donna Sherman

By John Terauds on July 5, 2013

(Vasil Garvanliev photo)
(Vasil Garvanliev photo)

 

Donna Sherman, who taught voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music from 1980 until her retirement two weeks ago, died yesterday in Toronto. She had been battling some major health issues. I’m guessing she was in her mid-70s.

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.

Sherman’s infectious enthusiasm was well-known among every serious voice student in the city — and boosted the morale of many a flagging spirit in this highly competitive field.

Sherman, who was born in New York City and educated at Vassar College before coming to Canada, was a tireless teacher, coach and adjudicator. She also taught privately for many years.

It’s hard to imagine that there won’t be a memorial organised for early fall. A couple of her old students have pulled together the beginnings of a scholarship fund to benefit vocal students at the Conservatory’s Glenn Gould Professional School.

At the moment, the best place to go to share reminiscences and keep up with news is Donna Sherman’s Facebook page — here.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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