In Fall 2016, American tenor John Carlo Pierce will join the music faculty at Colorado State University as an assistant professor of voice.
In this role, he will team-teach the Freshman Voice Studio, teach studio voice and Opera History, as well as continue performing both outside of the University and within the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Pierce brings significant performing and teaching experience to the CSU Voice Studio, having appeared extensively as a featured lyric tenor — including holding full-time contracted positions at the Stadttheater Giessen, the Staatstheatre Mainz and Oper Koln, all in Germany — as well as teaching at New Mexico State University.
“The addition of John Carlo Pierce to our outstanding voice faculty provides yet another reason that CSU should be considered an optimal choice for students wishing to pursue the study of voice,” said Dan Goble, director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Pierce enjoys an international reputation for beautiful sound and incisive acting. He received a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Connecticut. Prior to his appointment at Colorado State University, Pierce was most recently assistant professor of voice at New Mexico State University (NMSU), and director of the Doña Ana Lyric Opera, NMSU’s educational opera company.
An 11-year veteran of the German opera system, Pierce has held contracts with the opera companies in Cologne, Mainz and Giessen. He has appeared as a guest with the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Aargau Festival in Switzerland, and in Darmstadt, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Halle, Heidelberg, Kassel, Nuremberg and Schwerin. John has sung major sacred works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Mendelssohn; most recently, he sang the tenor solo in Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the New Mexico Philharmonic.
About the CSU Voice Area
Dedicated to its land-grant heritage, the music faculty at Colorado State University are committed to promoting music and pedagogy of the highest quality, serving music education through actions that benefit the students, teachers and citizens of Colorado and beyond.
At Colorado State University, all voice majors study extensively with the full faculty of voice professors. Sophomores through graduate-level students receive one-on-one voice instruction, as well as attend a weekly studio class, and freshmen study in the innovative Freshman Voice Studio. Each semester, all applied voice students perform a jury for the voice faculty, and students regularly perform in ensembles, Ralph Opera Center productions and area recitals. Many additional opportunities are available, including master classes with renowned guest artists and involvement in the region’s successful performing arts organizations, fostering the development of well-rounded students, world-class performers and successful teachers.
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