A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. She toured internationally with Skyline through the ’80s. During those years her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede was a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come.
After leaving Skyline in 1987, Dede moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then to the Washington-Baltimore area in 1990, performing regionally and concentrating on her work as a vocal coach. Since 1999, Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).
Terry Dyroff, Silver Spring, Maryland “Dede has all the elements essential to being a good teacher. She is a patient, tactful, knowledgeable and highly effective vocal instructor."
Tom Mindte, Patuxent Partners Bluegrass Band “When I studied vocal technique with Dede Wyland, my dynamic control improved considerably. I highly recommend Dede for singers of every level.”
Bill Mulroney, Ashton, Maryland “The quality of my vocals have improved immeasurably with her guidance....and if she can help me, she can help you too!"
Joe Carr, Music Camp Director, South Plains College, Levelland, TX “It is rare and difficult to find a musician who is both a great performer and an excellent teacher. Dede is that rare individual in both areas. Her soulful and moving vocal styles are impressive to all who hear her and her teaching is effective with students of all levels."
Peter Langston, Director, The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Seattle, Washington “Dede is one of our favorite vocal teachers. She combines a knowledge of the mechanics of singing with an understanding of the emotional range of the voice."
WAMA AWARD SHOW PHOTOS by LINDA PARKER
Since 1994, Dede has helped countless amateurs express themselves through singing, and has guided professionals to their full vocal potential.
Her goal is to help singers find their natural voice, and their style, by teaching techniques that lead to greater range, flexibility, and overall vocal quality. Ultimately, she seeks to give her students tools to bridge the gap between what they feel and what they can express. With this goal in mind, Dede teaches her students basic vocal anatomy, posture, correct breathing, and breath support. Once that foundation is established, she moves on to address each student’s individual needs and musical styles.
Dede studied in New York
City for 7 years with highly regarded singer and voice teacher Rona Klinghoffer, and has also worked with other celebrated coaches focusing on modern technique for non-classical styles of singing.
She studied the anatomy
Now available for
• Private Lessons
• Music Camps
and physiology of voice
production at the University
of Maryland, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and makes a point of staying abreast of developments
in the world of voice teaching.
"Keep the LIght On"
$15. (+ $2.50 S&H)
July 12 – 17
South Plains College
Camp Bluegrass 2015!
Bluegrass vocal class.
Spend a week with and learn from some of the best bluegrass musicians/teachers in the biz!
312 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA
Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett
& Mama Tried
Concerts in the Park 2015, Cherry
July 26 – 31
Elkins, W VA
Augusta Heritage Center
Dede, along with Chris Jones, will teach the bluegrass vocal class.
Classes and concerts with a stellar array of your favorite bluegrass musicians and teachers.
February 5 – 28
In residence for the month of February and available for private and group lessons. See workshop information below. For more information send an email via the “Contact Dede” link on this site.
Concert featuring Dede Wyland
and The McLaughlin Brothers
Unitarian Universalist Church
4831 E. 22nd Street
8 pm–$20 ($18 for seniors)
Vocal Workshop with Dede 1 – 4pm
For more information and to sign up: Send an email via the “Contact Dede”
link on this site.
2015 Calendar of Upcoming Appearances, Shows & Workshops
144 Maple Ave. E.
Vienna Town Green
Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett & Mama Tried
Lake Anne Plaza
2609 Washington Plaza N.
Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett & Mama Tried
June 21 – 27
(17 miles south of Knoxville, TN)
Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp – Bluegrass Week
Dede and Jim Hurst will teach the bluegrass vocal classes.
Classes on flatpicking, bluegrass banjo, mandolin, bluegrass fiddle, ukulele, bluegrass rhythm guitar, songwriting, bluegrass vocals, dobro and bass taught by some of the finest musician/teachers in the business!
PHOTO: MICHAEL G. STEWART
'Grass Food & Lodging Reunion (L—R) Tom Schwark, Peter Knupfer, Ken Finkel, Jon Peik
Sammy & Buster Boy
Vocal Class photo —Puget Sound
Kitty Star and the Whereabouts!
"Mama Tried" (L—R) Tom McLaughlin, Randy Barrett, Me, Ira Gitlin
"Keep the Light On" album band (L—R) Mike Munford, Rickie Simpkins, Dede Wyland, Wyatt Rice and Ronnie Simpkins
Dede and Chris Jones
Ira Gitlin and Tom McLaughlin
(L—R) Steve Smith, Jon Weisberger, Ned Luberecki, Alan Munde, Elliott Rogers, Chris Jones, Paula Carr, Joe Carr
(L—R) Rickie Simpkins, Jim Robeson — master engineer, Ronnie Simpkins
Institute of Musical Traditions
(L—R) Dede, Bill Williams, Scott McKnight
Dede's Gallery of Music and Friends
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