Priscilla Zimmermann, B.M., M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.


Priscilla Benge Zimmermann was raised on a farm near Marion, Ohio. At age 14 she and her parents moved to Oak Park, Illinois where she attended and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School. Dr. Zimmermann attended American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign before receiving a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Priscilla also holds an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Music Education and Resilience Education from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has taught music at all grade levels including kindergarten through college.


Priscilla has been active in choral music and education in northern New Mexico since 1973. She is an active singer, voice teacher, choral director, and clinician. Dr. Zimmermann was the guest conductor of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale’s December concert, Reverence and Joy, for the 2017 -18 season. Priscilla continues to teach choral and vocal music for the Continuing Education department at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her teaching is informed and influenced by her training in Alexander Technique as well as Orff and Kodaly certification. Priscilla’s current passion is working with the aging singer.

Priscilla and her husband, Eugene, divide their time between Santa Fe and Green Valley, Arizona.

CV of Dr. Priscilla Zimmermann

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

-William James