Dr. Aimé Sposato, ProvostAbout Provost Aimé Sposato

Dr. Aimé Sposato, an operatic soprano and distinguished voice instructor, joined the leadership team of Ferrum College as Provost in July 2017.  She holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Music, Voice.  Prior to joining the Ferrum community, she served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  During her 24-year tenure at Shenandoah University, Dr. Sposato maintained an active performing career while training young singers in the studio and classroom.  With expertise in languages and diction, she taught Applied Voice, Lyric Diction for Singers, Italian 101, and Oratorio Literature.

Serving as the Associate Dean for 12 years, Dr. Sposato established a faculty mentor program, led a comprehensive initiative to redesign the undergraduate curricula in music, theatre, and dance, and streamlined recruitment and advising processes.  In her role as the International Educational Partnership Liaison, she initiated agreements with institutions in England and China and developed a successful study abroad program for the arts.  Dr. Sposato is experienced in leadership and curriculum development, accreditation, and conflict management and frequently presents at conferences including the College Music Society, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and the National Association of Schools of Music.  She worked to strengthen engagement and collaboration across the Conservatory, fostering a culture that values collegiality and a spirit of hospitality toward others.  Recognized by her peers, she was awarded the Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.

Dr. Sposato joined higher education leaders from across the world in the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, completed the Fellows Program through the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and participated in the National Women’s Leadership Forum through the American Council on Education.  Dr. Sposato joined the American Council on Education Fellows class of 2015-16 and completed a fellowship in the Office of the President at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.  While at Mary Baldwin, her fundraising efforts led to the creation of the “Take Your Seat” campaign to raise funds to pay for the renovation of the multi-purpose classroom and recital hall.

Dr. Sposato received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University where she received a graduate fellowship, and served as a graduate teaching fellow throughout her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at West Virginia University.  During her graduate study, she performed extensively with Pittsburgh Opera and Roanoke Opera, studied Baroque Ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in performed regularly throughout Italy with the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera Program. For some diversion, she was often heard singing the national anthem for the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, and NASCAR.

Receiving critical acclaim for performances in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout the world, Dr. Sposato appeared in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Music Centre in Strathmore, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur Cathedrals in Paris, Basilica di San Marco in Venice, the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican in Rome, St. Stephen’s in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague.