Didi Stewart

Associate Professor

"I think of myself as more a mentor than a teacher, and I'm teaching the kids everything I learned through trial, error, and pain. For instance, it doesn't matter if some really great singer happens to go on right before them. I'm finding that a lot of my voice students want to belt like Janis Joplin, and I used to be that way. I used to love screaming my guts out. But if you're going to do that for five or six weeks on the road, you have to know how to survive it."

"Working with the students has made me more of a risk taker. I thought that teaching was like finally becoming a grown-up, but it's just the opposite: reconnecting with my adolescence. The only problem is when the students come to a show and I start thinking, 'Whoops, better not grab the mike cord while I'm singing. I just told the class not to do that.'"

Career Highlights

 

  • Leader on two albums of original songs, Begin Here on Kirshner/Epic and One True Heart on Northeastern
  • Extensive club and concert appearances, including current performances with Didi Stewart and Friends
  • House vocalist for Handsome Brothers Music Productions
  • Winner of two Boston Music Awards for Best Female Rock Vocalist and the Encore Award for Best New Cabaret Performer