Master Teacher Award - Spring 1991
Professor Howard received her early training from the University of Manitoba graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and diplomas in Teaching and Performance and the Licentiate in Music in Singing. She completed her MEd at the University of Saskatchewan in 1980. Professor Howard has been a member of faculty since 1969; she was tenured in the Department of Music in 1974 and promoted to Full Professor in 1985.
Professor Howard is recognized locally and nationally as an authority in vocal pedagogy both as a theoretician and as a practitioner. She is much sought after as a consultant, adjudicator and vocal jurist. A regular CBC artist, she has also performed with symphony orchestras, chamber groups, in operas and as a recitalist. She has championed Canadian music giving the Western Canada premiere performances of several Canadian vocal works.
As a teacher, she has been solely responsible for the development of the Voice Program within the Department of Music. The Opera Workshop/ Music Theatre Program which she originated and continues to direct has provided many of Canada's young singers with their first stage experience. She has been honoured to have three of her students win the National Voice Competition in Singing, a success unequaled by any other instructor in the Competition's twenty-year history.