Welcome to ISR’s Music Department!
Music is a vital component of the ISR curriculum and is held in high regard at our school. Music at ISR has developed over the years into a program designed to provide students with a fun and educational approach to performance and an understanding of the most important aspects of music. Students build self-confidence and leadership skills through the entire program as they learn to progress in their musical abilities.
Our music program is focused on developing students’ music appreciation from an early stage with a goal of achieving an early university level of knowledge in upper grades. Students from kindergarten through grade 9 receive instruction in elements of music, singing, playing and composition. The curriculum for grades 8–12 prepares students for the IB Diploma Program and focuses more on theory, history and music composition.
Meet Our Music Department Team
My name is Caroline Cross and I’m the Head of ISR Music Department. I have joined our school in 2017, after having worked as a music teacher in the UK for 19 years teaching English National Curriculum, GCSE, AS & A2 level music. Most recently I was working in Dubai, teaching IBDP, MYP & IGCSE curriculums.
I teach music in a practical manner creating a safe, comfortable environment in which students feel confident to take learning and performance risks whilst also respecting and valuing one another.
I intend to share and foster a lifelong passion for music as well as a lifelong love for learning. I’m really proud to be part of the team and I really enjoy working in our wonderful school.
As a former artist with American Opera Projects in Brooklyn, New York, and throughout her career, Ms. Bucher has found collaborating with composers, work-shopping their pieces and premiering their works to be particularly gratifying.
Lyric mezzo-soprano Stephanie Bucher (known professionally as Stephanie Woodling) sang with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf for over five seasons. There she portrayed Dorabella, Hänsel, Annio, die zweite Dame, Siébel, Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Giuletta (Tales of Hoffmann), Christa (The Makropoulos Case), Karolka (Jenufa), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Antonia (Tiefland), Ascagne (Les Troyens), und dritte Elf (Rusalka). She debuted with the company in 2004 as die zweite Magd in their new production of Elektra.
Ms. Woodling debuted in the 2011/2012 season with Opernwerkstatt am Rhein in the titel role of the world premiere of Reineke Fuchs, set by 2003 German Jazz Prize Winner Ulrike Haage. In the 2009/2010 season, she appeared as Ino in Handel's Semele at the Aalto Theater in Essen.
Prior to moving permanently to Germany in 2008, Ms. Bucher sang extensively throughout the United States, most recently, in 2008 as Cherubino at Michigan Opera Theater and as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera. With New York City Opera, Ms. Bucher performed in A Little Night Music, Rigoletto, and La Traviata and covered in several productions.
Previously a young artist with Opera Pacific, she appeared in a number of roles, most notably Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, which critics described as providing "an intellectual burst of animation into the proceedings, giving a charming, brash, and thorough reading.”
Other Opera Pacific credits include Meg in Little Women, Flora, Mercedes in Carmen, die zweite Dame in The Magic Flute, and Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, in which she also covered the great Frederica von Stade in the role of Mrs. De Rocher. Other operatic debuts include Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, OK Mozart Festival as Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Los Angeles Opera as Mrs. Segstrom in their production of A Little Night Music. As a young artist with Santa Fe Opera for two seasons, she made her debut on their stage in the role of die zweite Dienerin in Strauss's Die ägyptische Helena.