Ami Bouterse, SLP-CF

  • Professor of Music
  • Music Department
  • Master of Music (M.M.), Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2031
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  • Classical Voice Performance
  • Contemporary Voice Performance
  • Vocal Health
  • Contemporary A Cappella
  • Voice Rehabilitation
Ami Bouterse, SLP-CF has been a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside for two decades. She serves as the Voice Area Coordinator and Contemporary Commercial Music - Voice Program Coordinator. Her main teaching responsibilities include applied voice and directing the contemporary a cappella group, Parkside Range along with other courses in the CCM and voice areas.

Ami has performed soprano favorites and premieres in opera and musical theater with such venues as Skylight Opera Theatre, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, New York Japan Society, Operafestival di Roma, Dorian Opera Theater, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Theatre X, and locally with Music and More Concert Series, Belle Ensemble, Racine Symphony, Racine Theatre Guild, and Kenosha Symphony. Premieres have included works by composers Dr. Jorge Muniz, Ayesu Lartey, and Ruben Prieto. Former awards include those from Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Kenosha Symphony, and Milwaukee Civic Music Foundation. Ms. Bouterse's solo performances have been praised as producing "sweetness and gentility," "fully-realized character," "exquisite mastery of pitch and nuance," and "the clarity of Purcell’s melodies."

Under the direction of Prof. Bouterse since 2016, Parkside Range has been the flagship ensemble of the Contemporary Commercial Music - Voice program. The group has appeared at SoJam’s A Cappella Festival, the National A Cappella Convention, Tall Tales Music Festival, A Cappella University, and on Acaville Radio. The group has worked with professional clinicians and vocal bands such as Tony Huerta, Edge Effect, Six Appeal, Freedom’s Boombox, and Christopher Diaz.

Prof. Bouterse received voice and opera theater performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Carnegie Mellon University respectively. In addition, Ami earned Level III Certification in Jeanne LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™, which featured contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogical technique at Shenandoah University. On a recent sabbatical, Prof. Bouterse completed a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College for licensure as a speech language pathologist, which allowed her to specialize in habilitation and rehabilitation of vocal function, and learn effective teaching and learning strategies for motor planning, linguistic and cognitive skills required for singing.

Teaching Interests

Applied/Private Voice
Contemporary A Cappella
Pop/Rock History
Diction for Singers/International Phonetic Alphabet
Opera Workshop

Research Interests

Vocal Performance (recitals, opera and musical theater)
Director of Contemporary A Cappella (Parkside Range)
Classical and Contemporary Voice Pedagogy
Vocal Hygiene Best Practices
Prevention, Recognition and Maintenance of Voice Disorders
Performance Anxiety
Music Student Wellbeing

Consulting Interests

Vocal Hygiene for Singers/Teachers/Aging Voice
Prevention of Voice Disorders
Performance Anxiety for Singers/Speakers
Audition Preparation
Vocal Master Classes
Voice Competition Adjudication (Classical and Musical Theatre)

Teaching Awards

2008: Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award Nomination (unable to be considered further due to too few years of service), Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award Nomination,

Departmental Service

2018: Interaction with Industry - Deke Sharon Clinic Day with Parkside Range

Professional Service

: Board of Advisors of a Company - Belle Ensemble
MUSA 101 - Performance Lab I
MUSA 180 - Applied Voice
MUSA 181 - Applied Voice
MUSA 201 - Performance Lab II
MUSA 280 - Applied Voice
MUSA 281 - Applied Voice
MUSA 300 - Junior Recital
MUSA 301 - Performance Lab III
MUSA 380 - Applied Voice
MUSA 381 - Applied Voice
MUSA 400 - Senior Recital
MUSA 480 - Applied Voice
MUSA 481 - Applied Voice
MUSI 340 - American Popular Music
MUSI 499 - Independent Study:
MUSP 01 - Concert Attendance
MUSP 368 - Contemporary A Cappella Ensmbl
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