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Mark Phelps

Opera Coach; Assistant Professor of Music (Opera Studies)

Contact Information:
Music Addition, MA119


Opera Studies

  • M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1982
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Northwestern University, 1977

Mark Phelps is assistant professor of opera studies and teacher of the Undergraduate Song Literature classes.

He is in demand as an accompanist and coach and has traveled throughout the United States lecturing and teaching master classes. He is active as a recitalist and an official accompanist for many competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and the MacAllister Awards.

Phelps is former music director of the Michiana Opera Guild, Goshen Chamber Opera, and Opera Factory of Chicago. He has acted as vocal coach at DePaul and Loyola Universities, and as assistant conductor for the South Bend Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater.

Phelps has performed world premieres of piano pieces by Charles Wuorinen and Andrew Imbrie at the Art Institute of Chicago and sung in the Chicago Symphony Chorus, performing under the baton of Georg Solti at Orchestra Hall and James Levine at the Ravinia Festival. Awards include First Prize, Iowa Federation of Pianists Competition in 1975. He has been official accompanist and collaborator for many vocal master classes, including those of Virginia Zeani, Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Elly Ameling.

He has had the privilege of working as recital accompanist and/or vocal coach for many of America's leading singers, including James King, Gary Lakes, Maria Kanyova, Elizabeth Futral, Marilyn Mims, Timothy Noble, Mark Doss, Robert McFarland, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others.