Vernae Buck received a B. A. in music from Idaho State University in 1997. While studying music at ISU, she traveled to England, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria as a member of the ISU Chamber Choir. While in England, she sang in a concert with conductor John Alldis and the Cambridge Sinfonia. She received a M. M. in vocal performance at the University of Idaho in 2005 where she taught private voice and class voice as a graduate student. She also served as a TA in choral conducting and worked closely with some of the choirs in rehearsing.
She has sung in several solo recitals and has performed the role of Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief with the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre and has sung in Opera Idaho’s production of Faust and Madama Butterfly. She has taught private voice and piano for several years from her own studio and has worked as an adjunct faculty member in the ISU music department teaching Introduction to Music.
She is the founder and organizer of the Idaho International Choral Festival that takes place in Pocatello, Idaho and currently serves as director of choir recruitment. Her responsibilities include the recruitment of choirs from around the world which allowed her to travel to Latvia in 2007 to attend a choral festival where she met and recruited additional choirs for future IICF festivals. The last festival took place in Pocatello, Idaho in July 2013. For more information, go to www.idahointerchoralfest.org You can also find our page on Facebook to see photos and videos of last summer’s festival https://www.facebook.com/IdahoInternationalChoralFestival
Vernae is a past president of the Pocatello Music Club, which is a local chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 2003 she received the Community Service Award from the Pocatello Music Club for outstanding community service through music excellence.
She has been teaching Music Appreciation at the College of Western Idaho since January 2009 when classes began for the first time. She is currently teaching Music Appreciation and conducted the CWI Chamber Choir for three semester. She looks forward to building upon this foundation to create more musical opportunities to enrich the educational experience of CWI students.