Assistant Professor of Music - Voice
- Phone Number:
- Office Location:
- ARMC 6
- Office Hours:
- Monday – Friday 9:30 – 5:30
- MM in Voice – 1985
Stephen F. Austin State University
BA in Music, Voice – 1983
Assistant Professor Bruce Brown joined the Simpson College Voice Faculty in the fall of 2003 following a professional opera singing career in the United States and Europe. He lived and sang in Vienna, Austria from 1992 – 2003 where he appeared in over 600 performances as baritone soloist on the stages of the Vienna opera houses. He was a full time member of the Vienna Volksoper soloist ensemble and appeared many times as a guest artist in the title role of Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Vienna Kammeroper’s open air summer Mozart in Schönbrunn Festival in the Roman Ruins of the Schönbrunn Palace. His roles with the Volksoper included Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Valentin, Silvio, Ford, Danilo, Graf Homonay, Dottore Malatesta, Belcore, Schaunard, Marcello, Zar, John Sorel, among many others.
He has performed in the United States with Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, Sacramento Opera, Eugene Opera, Mississippi Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Glimmerglass Opera, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, among others.
He was a member of the Houston Opera Studio and spent several years early in his career touring with Texas Opera Theater, Opera Iowa, and Opera Northeast. Opera roles performed in the United States have included Danilo, Dandini, Papageno, Schaunard, Marcello, Don Giovanni, Dottore Malatesta, Escamillo, Belcore, Silvio, Maximilian, Achilla, Sharpless, Valentin, and many others.
He recorded the role of Caliph in the opera The Caliph by Anthony Louis Scarmolin for a Centaur Records 2001 release. Audio samples and a downloadable version of the recording are available here, or the CD version is available here.
Since joining the Simpson Music Faculty, Mr. Brown has also been active as stage director. The productions at Simpson he has directed to date include Il Campanello, The Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and Cosi fan tutte as well as co-teaching the Opera Workshop Class. He was chosen to receive the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.
As a voice teacher and a stage director, he is committed to developing the next generation of singing-actors for the opera stage. Students of Mr. Brown do well in NATS, MTNA, Schubert Club Scholarship Auditions, opera apprentice programs, graduate schools, and on the professional stage. Students of his have gone on to appear at Knoxville Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Sante Fe Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera, among others.
In his free time from music, he races mountain bikes throughout the Midwest. Races he participates in include those of the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series, Nebraska Psycowpath Series, Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, Wisconsin Off Road Series and a few other special events. He is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, and Central Iowa Trails Association.
He resides in Indianola with his wife Tara Starr and their two children, Zack and Alexa.