Robert Muckenfuss is a member of the Peabody Conservatory voice faculty as vocal coach and Chair of the Vocal Studies department. He coaches a full schedule of over 30 students and teaches classes in American and British Song, Singing in English, and Graduate Diction Review. He has served as pianist and vocal coach for the Cincinnati Opera, Nashville Opera, West Virginia Opera, and the New York Pala Opera companies. He has also been a vocal coach, chorus master, and pianist with Wolf Trap Opera and music administrator and assistant conductor at Glimmerglass Opera. He was also the coordinator of the Young Artist Program and head of music staff at Lake George Opera in Saratoga Springs, NY. He has also served as a voice coach for the Washington Opera Institute for Young Singers and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park, for the Maryland Opera Studio.
Muckenfuss received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Ensemble Arts from the Peabody Conservatory. He embodies a wealth of experience as a collaborative pianist and has accompanied, in concert, renowned singers John Shirley-Quirk, William Sharp, Benjamin Luxon, and Phyllis Bryn-Julson. He has also enjoyed extensive coaching and repetiteur work with notable performers including David Daniels, Benita Valente, Vinson Cole, and Frederica von Stade. He has served as a resident vocal coach at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, with Ms. Bryn-Julson, and accompanied Mr. Shirley-Quirk on a recital tour of Hawaii and in master classes in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Muckenfuss was engaged by the Kennedy Center in Washington serving as pianist for their productions of Words and Music and the Broadway musicals Titanic, and The Dead. He has also enjoyed a long tenure as an orchestra musician, and has played a vast repertoire of orchestral keyboard music and chamber music. He was principal pianist and organist for the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestras for twelve years. He was frequently featured as organ soloist in concert and on several Pops compact discs on the Telarc label. Recordings include Dominick Argento’s A Waterbird Talk and Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night on the Koch label with John Shirley-Quirk, and a recording with Peabody voice faculty member Steven Rainbolt, entitled The Rogue & the Romantic on the Viva! Productions label. His work with master teachers includes Ellen Mack, Samuel Sanders, and David Bar-Illan.
He is very active in the community life of Peabody beginning a two year term as Chairperson of the Peabody Faculty Assembly in 2015.
He is the director of music and organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, Maryland.