Debra Scurto-Davis is a pianist and vocal coach who has made her life’s goal the promotion of excellent artistry, principally through educating others. She is currently on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where she coaches and teaches English, French, Italian and German diction; and The Shipley School, where she has a studio of 30 pianists. She is also on the Westminster coaching faculties of the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey and the Florence Voice Seminar in Italy.
Ms. Scurto-Davis has served as music director of Opera Workshop at the University of Michigan, coach and repetiteur at Des Moines Metro Opera and Sylvan Opera, coach and music director of opera productions at Swarthmore College, coach of main stage productions at Temple University as well as teacher of diction and vocal literature.
Her own education includes a specialist degree in vocal coaching from the University of Michigan, where Martin Katz instilled in her the desire for collaborative artistry at the highest level. Ms. Scurto-Davis has collaborated on vocal recitals at New York's Merkin Hall, Swarthmore's Lang Hall as well as in Florence, Italy. The New York Times has confirmed that in this role she is a “supremely alert, sensitive partner.” Her education also includes a Master’s degree in piano performance and a Bachelor’s degree in music education, which solidly ingrained in her the necessity of excellent pianism and a mission to positively affect the lives of young musicians through her role as an educator.