Edith Bers, chair of the Juilliard Voice Department since 2006 (and from 1991-95), has served on the Juilliard faculty since 1985. She is also a member of the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Curtis Institute of Music (adjunct), and Bard College Conservatory Graduate Program in Vocal Arts, and has taught at various summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Orford Music Festival (Canada), Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, and the Bel Canto Institute (Florence).
Bers has given master classes as part of the Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Korean Broadcasting System. She was a recent participant in Renée Fleming’s American Voices Festival at Kennedy Center, which was broadcast on PBS.
Bers’s students perform with the major opera companies, orchestras, and festivals around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Santa Fe, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Glimmerglass, Wolftrap, among numerous others. Her students have won first place in major voice competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Opera Index, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Naumberg International, Young Concert Artists, Joy in Singing, Giulio Gari, and Gerda Lissner competitions; have been finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition; and have won the Richard Tucker Award, Richard Tucker Career Grants, Sullivan Grants, the Beverly Sills Award, and the Guilio Gari, Gerda Lissner, Richard Gold awards, and the Annenberg Arts Fellowship, and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, among others.
Bers has served as an adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Brussels), the Montreal International Music Competition in Voice, and the Concert Artists Guild. Her singing career has spanned opera, recital, oratorio, and orchestra appearances in the U.S. and abroad, and she has received acclaim for singing the U.S. premiere of Schumann’s Des Sängers Fluch.
Bers attended Brandeis University and received BS and MAT degrees from Columbia University. Among her voice teachers are Jennie Tourel, Maria Callas, Ellen Faull, and Beverley Peck Johnson; she also studied acting with Stella Adler.
Bers has been quoted in The New York Times, Opera News, The Wall Street Journal, Classical Singer magazine, and Lettre du Musicien.