UW-Green Bay professor earns Fulbright grant to teach, perform in Brazil

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in U.S. Studies (General) at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

The grant is an extension of a previous award that Meredith Livingston earned in 2011 and that brought her to teach and perform in Brazil in both 2011 and 2012. The current grant includes two invitations, one for May 2014 and the other for May 2015.

Meredith Livingston will travel to Brazil May 21-June 4 of this year, presenting a full recital and teaching American repertoire and diction for singers. She also will work with community choruses in the area, and is hoping to lay the groundwork for future faculty visits and collaborations.

In addition to her 2011 and 2012 Fulbright visits, Meredith Livingston has arranged for fellow Music faculty members to visit the Brazilian university. Last summer, she, Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman and former faculty member David Severtson took a group of students to Brazil to visit the university and surrounding areas. Associate Prof. Janet Reilly, Nursing, accompanied her colleagues and has since initiated faculty and future student exchange opportunities for Nursing at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, which has the largest medical school in Brazil.

Meredith Livingston has mentored and taught many students and singers who are teaching, singing and enrolled in graduate programs in Wisconsin, as well as throughout the Midwest and in Europe. She has performed, served as an international adjudicator and taught masterclasses throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, as well as in Europe and Brazil. Meredith Livingston was the recipient of the Collaborative Fulbright award for 1989-90, in Germany, in addition to the Teaching/Performing Fulbright at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, in July 2011.

In 2001-02, Meredith Livingston received the International Rotary Stipend for University Professors, and she taught and performed at the Academy of Music in Bratislava, Slovakia. She has served as faculty coordinator for the Office of International Education, and since 1991 has raised funds and organized travel courses for students and faculty to perform and/or study in Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Brazil. Meredith Livingston is the founder and director of the Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition semi-finals, which in September were held for the sixth time at UW-Green Bay. In 2002, she made the initial UW-Green Bay contact with the Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism Foundation, which in 2013 gifted the University with a 550-lb. Leonardo Da Vinci bust — the only one of its kind in the United States. Meredith Livingston received an award from the Foundation for promotion of international collaboration between music faculty and students.

Meredith Livingston lives in rural Sturgeon Bay with her husband, Jay and black lab, Gauge, and has three adult children. Her hobbies include nurturing the flowers and trees in her yard.


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