Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song. Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit” (Huffington Post).
The Voice Department of the Peabody Conservatory is committed to bringing each student to his or her highest individual potential through a positive learning atmosphere, high academic standards and a performance-centered curriculum, supporting and training every student toward a career in singing and the musical arts.
The Peabody Conservatory successfully prepares singers for professional careers. Many Peabody graduates have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Washington Opera as well as with opera houses in Berlin, Moscow, Vienna, and Zurich. Some have gone into Broadway theater. Others have appeared with symphony orchestras and in recitals throughout the United States and Europe.
The art of teaching is as important in the Peabody Voice Department as the art of performing. All members of the voice faculty are committed to training outstanding voice teachers, many of whom occupy faculty positions at colleges and universities across the country.
The education program in voice requires the same vocal strengths as entry to the performance program, emphasizing a belief in the importance of well-educated teachers and mentors for the younger generation in our country’s public and private schools.
Distinguished members of the faculty, many of whom enjoy celebrated solo careers, provide expert vocal and musical coaching, technical training, study of language and diction, and special insights into the interpretation of vocal music of all periods, spanning from early music to avant-garde repertoire, with a strong commitment to the music of the 20th century. The Voice and Opera Departments offer a year-long, team-taught seminar in order to prepare singers for the realities of a career devoted to singing and/or teaching.
A comprehensive small and large ensemble program enables students to gain performing experience in the full repertoire of vocal music, oratorio, opera, vocal ensemble, early music, and orchestral masterworks. These are supplemented by intensive performance practice courses as well as opportunities to perform in weekly studio repertoire classes, departmental recitals, performances off campus, and a wealth of performing opportunities in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Recognized as one of the most authoritative interpreters of vocal music of the 20th century, Phyllis Bryn-Julson commands a remarkable repertoire of literature spanning several centuries. Born in North Dakota, she began studying the piano at age 3.
American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, and more.
The 2015 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanley Cornett, tenor, is beginning his thirtieth year this fall as a member of the voice faculty at Peabody.
Identified as "an operatic superstar of the 21st century" by USA Today, Denyce Graves has performed in the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She is particularly well known for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.
Elizabeth Futral is one of the world's leading sopranos. With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, she has embraced a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to world premieres.
Renowned for her artistic versatility, soprano Ah Young Hong has interpreted a vast array of repertoire, ranging from the music of Bach and Monteverdi to the songs of Zemlinsky and Shostakovich to the works of some of the 21st century’s most prominent composers.
Steven Rainbolt is honored to be the recipient of the Peabody 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. He has been on the Peabody faculty since 2001.
Baritone William Sharp has a reputation as a singer of artistry and versatility, garnering acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera and recording. He performs actively, as he has for four decades.
Vera Danchenko-Stern was born in Moscow into a family of professional musicians. She graduated from the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow with honors in piano, solo performance, chamber music, vocal and instrumental accompaniment.
Wolfgang Justen earned his BA and MA from Portland State University, and his PhD from Rice University. An accomplished guitar soloist and accompanist, Justen has performed around the country and internationally.
Performer, educator, and lecturer Ernest Liotti pursues an active career addressing a wide range of topics including classical music, opera, great musicians of the past, film and industrial design.
Robert Muckenfuss is a member of the Peabody Conservatory voice faculty as vocal coach. He coaches a full schedule of over 30 students and teaches classes in American and British Song, Singing in English and Graduate Diction Review.
Patrick O'Donnell, vocal coach, earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in piano performance from the University of Maryland, and his DMA in chamber music and vocal accompaniment with Martin Katz and Eckart Sellheim at the University of Michigan.
Mezzo-soprano Claire Galloway Weber has become a frequent performer on opera stages and in recital and concert halls throughout the Baltimore area. Weber is passionate about presenting modern works alongside more standard opera and art song repertoire.