Inci Bashar; professor emeritus of music (voice)UMKC; Ll.B. (University of Istanbul); (Istanbul’s Civic Conservatory of Music); (Hochschule fur musick, Munich); (Ankara State Opera Studio). (Former member of the Cologne, Dortnund and Istanbul state operas.)

Within the resonance of every good voice is a great teacher. Recognizing this, each year Classical Singer honors a Teacher of the Year based on student and colleague nomination. This year, the award is given to the incomparable and fascinating Inci Bashar. Renown in her own right throughout the classical singing world among her fellow colleagues, peers, and students for her outstanding voice, unique teaching philosophy, and unrivaled, inspiring, and infectious passion and enthusiasm for singing, Bashar has been the mentor behind the success of many classically trained voices for more that 40 years. Guided by honesty, encouragement, and a constant drive to help students find their true sound, Bashar is noted as never allowing vocalists under her wing to strive for less than their highest potential. Now retired and teaching private voice lessons between her home base in Kansas City and Chicago, Bashar remains a highly sought-after voice teacher, ever steadfast in her ideas a… – See more at: