Academics

Cera Babb

Cera Babb is a faculty member of the Alma College Music Department where she conducts the Chorale and teaches undergraduate courses in Music Education, Music History, Choral Pedagogy, and Vocal Pedagogy. She is also a third-year graduate student at Michigan State University where she is pursuing a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting (anticipated Spring 2022) and works with choral ensembles and undergraduate classes.

An active conductor and presenter in her community, Cera currently conducts at FPC-Holt where she started a virtual choir program that made its debut in the 2020 Michigan ACDA Virtual Showcase. Cera also served as the Artistic Advisor to the Motet Singers in Oregon (2017-2019) and was the guest conductor for the Success Academy Honors Chorus Festival in New York (2019). 

Cera is the recipient of the Robert A. Harris Award for Excellence in Choral Performance (2020) and the Charles K. Smith Endowed Fellowship in Graduate Choral Conducting (2020). Before returning to graduate school, Cera taught in Delaware and was honored with the Johns Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015). Cera has a master’s degree from the University of Oregon, where she earned the Graduate Employee Award of Excellence in Ensemble Teaching (2019), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Pronouns

She/Her/Hers

Title

Conductor of Alma College Chorale and Instructor of Music

Discipline

Music

Educational Background

  • D.M.A. (anticipated Spring 2022), Michigan State University
  • M.M., University of Oregon
  • B.M., University of Delaware

I am...

I am thrilled to be at Alma College this year and am looking forward to a year of meaningful music-making, insightful conversations, and new connections with the community.

My career at Alma began in

2021

I'm an expert in

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Signature course(s):

Alma College Chorale; Music Education; Music History; Choral Pedagogy; Vocal Pedagogy

Recent presentations:

  • Guest Lecture - Tone 101: Building Healthy Choral Tone
  • Vocal Masterclass - Michigan State University
  • Virtual Choir Showcase - Michigan ACDA Conference
  • Guest Conductor - Success Academy Honors Chorus Festival
  • Vocal Masterclass - Eugene Opera Academy 

Other recent accomplishments:

2021-2022 - RCAH Graduate Fellowship Recipient 

Ensembles:

Alma College Chorale