Sylvia Plyer has studied vocal coaching with Erik Werba, opera coaching with Italo Tajo, piano with Jeanne Kirstein and Frantz Holetshek and organ with Wayne Fisher. She was master class accompanist for Jennie Tourel, John Alexander, Enrico Mainardi, Zara Nelsova, Donald McInnes, Dorothy DeLay, Lynn Harrell and the LaSalle Quartet among others. She received her BA and MM from Columbia College. From 1976-78 she was the coach/accompanist for the Opera Workshop at Northern Kentucky University and has served CCM in that capacity since 1980. Coach of the Young Artist Program with the Cincinnati Opera from 1975-1988, she has also had keyboard assignments with Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and does freelance work as instrumental and vocal coach/accompanist. She has been vocal and opera coach at the International Institute of Vocal Arts, Chiari, Italy; AIMS, Graz, Austria and at the Aspen Opera Theater Center and Music Festival from 1998-2009. Sylvia is Professor Emerita of Opera and Accompanying at College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.