I have such wonderful memories of Winnifred Ringhoffer! I’ve always considered myself lucky to have been assigned to her studio when I first began studying voice at Whitman College. I know that having Winnie for my first voice teacher set me on the path to my life’s work in singing and becoming a voice teacher and choral director. Winnie not only taught me about great vocal technique, but she introduced me to great music – both art song and opera arias. I know I challenged her at times, but she always encouraged and supported me. I am forever grateful that we maintained close contact after I graduated from Whitman. Winnie served as a mentor to me as I completed my master’s degree in music and she became such a dear, dear friend and colleague as we stayed connected through NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association.) Sometimes we would attend conferences together and, whenever an opportunity arose, I’d invite her to serve as an adjudicator or master teacher at various voice events in the Portland/Vancouver area. She would drive over to Vancouver, WA from Walla Walla and she would often stay with me and my husband. We had such wonderful visits together. I was so proud to introduce her to my students and let them know she was MY music mom and they were her music grandchildren! Thank you, Winn, for always believing in me and being a constant source of inspiration and encouragement!
Song Below – “Think On Me” composed by Alicia Ann Scott and arranged by Van A. Christy.