Dr. Sally Etcheto


Sally recently retired as the chair of the Music Department at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she has been a member of the faculty since January of 1973. She received her undergraduate education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and in 1971 completed her MM in vocal performance at USC. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance from USC in 1982. Dr. Etcheto’s professional credits include past appearances with the Dallas Civic Opera Chorus, Dallas Summer Musicals, Los Angeles Opera Chorus, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She is member of Actor’s Equity, and the American Guild of Musical Artists, having served on the National Board of AGMA for many years. Sally has also been a soloist and member of the professional quartet and High Holy Day Choir at Leo Baeck Temple since 1975. Professional solo engagements have included recital appearances in California, the Mid-West, and New York City with repertoire ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. As one of the founding members of the 12 voice conductorless group Zephyr: Voices Unbound, she helped produce and performed on two CD’s and a “cutting edge” 5.1 surround sound DVD recording. Zephyr explored the joys and challenges of sustaining a true “artist’s co-operative”.
“Dr. Sally”, as her students have dubbed her, also boasts a widely varied teaching career, from the private studio to the pedagogy classroom and from the conductor’s podium to the research laboratory. She has served as the Faculty Advisor for the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, an International Music Honorary Fraternity, since helping to found it. Until her recent retirement, her days were happily filled with teaching everything from basic sight-singing to operatic arias.