Mr. Earl Coleman
Position: Associate Professor
Office: RiverCenter 2615
EARL COLEMAN, baritone, William and Isabelle Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in Voice at Columbus State University has substantial experience as a singer, violinist, chamber musician, and conductor. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in voice and violin, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with further studies at the Julliard School, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. He has served as first violinist with the Rollins String Quartet and as Principal Second Violin of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony and the Tupelo Symphony. As a singer, he has appeared as soloist with over sixty orchestras including those of Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Chattanooga, Chautauqua and the Colorado Philharmonic. He is also active in opera and musical theatre both in the United States and Europe. He has been a regional and district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a national finalist in the WGN-Chicago Lyric Opera Auditions and a regional finalist in the singing competitions of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He was also a winner of the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition. He has served as a National Board Member for NATS and as Regional Governor for the Great Lakes Region of NATS and most recently served as NATS District Governor for Georgia. He has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Singer of the Year Competition, the National Finals of the MTNA Young Artist Voice and Senior Voice Competitions and the NATS Artist Award Competition. He is in demand nationally and internationally for master classes and workshops. In August 2004, he was honored to teach at the internationally renowned Santa Fe Opera. He has performed as soloist under noted maestros Leonard Bernstein, George Solti, Robert Shaw, Gustav Meier, Boris Goldovsky, Margaret Hillis, Edward Murphy, Gregg Smith, Carl Topilow, Franz Krager and John Ruetter.
Currently some of his former students may be heard at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, and in several Broadway musicals. His students have been national winners of the Young Artist and Senior Voice categories of the Music Teachers National Association as well as state and divisional winners. His students have also been winners in the competitions of the National Association of Teachers Singing Artist Award, the Metropolitan Opera National Council District, Regional, and Final Auditions. His students continue to be winners in the Georgia and Southeastern Regional NATS Student Auditions as well as the MTNA Young Artist and Senior Voice Competitions. His former students have been nominated for the Oscar, Emmy and Tony Awards. Kelly Cash, Miss America 1987 studied voice with Professor Coleman.
He has taught at Stephens College, Columbia College (MO), the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bemidji State University, The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, The University of Memphis and The University of Michigan where he also served as a dean in the School of Music. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, as well as Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities. He has served as a member of the Georgia Council for the Arts’ Music Panel, the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Missouri Council for the Arts and as Dean for the Fine and Performing Arts at Columbus State University. In 2004 he was been with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Missouri-Columbia and in May of 2007 he was honored by the establishment of the Earl Coleman Music Scholarship in the School of Music of the University of Missouri-Columbia, his alma mater. This scholarship was established by his former students, friends and family. During the summer of 2010 he was selected to serve as one of four Master Teachers for the National Intern Program of the National Association of Teachers of Singing working with twelve select young professional singer/teachers from the United States and Canada. He spent ten days at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida teaching, observing, mentoring, performing and lecturing to this select group of young professionals. The distinction of Master Teacher of the National Association of Singing is a lifetime designation. He has served as University Faculty Marshall at Columbus State University and served on the most recent Presidential Search Committee at Columbus State University.