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Two Tenors Join the School of Music Voice Department

Indiana University School of Music is pleased to welcome two new prestigious members to the Voice Department, Robert Harrison and Brian Horne. In addition to their own achievements in performance, Mr. Harrison and Mr. Horne have mentored students who have won awards and participated in prominent concerts and festivals. Their experience and talents will be a valuable addition to the Voice Department for both faculty and students.

Robert Harrison comes to Indiana from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he taught for 23 years and was the Chair of Voice for 10 years. His teaching encompasses all voice performance - early music as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century music.

Mr. Harrison says he is honored to have been appointed as a professor of voice at the School of Music. "The history of the school and opera program is nothing short of daunting. It's humbling to be here and to walk these halls. The high quality of teaching, particularly in the voice area, is just out of sight. So to become a part of that history is very honoring."

Brian Horne returns to Bloomington as a faculty member in the voice department. An IU graduate of the masters and doctoral music programs, Mr. Horne's specialties are studio voice, diction, and pedagogy.

Although Shorter College in Georgia has been his home for the last 9 years, he said "Returning to Bloomington is like coming home." It's an added benefit for him that he's at IU, with the best opera and voice programs.

Robert Harrison completed his doctoral degree in 1986 at the University of Arizona. His professional beginning was a freelance chorister in New York City, where he sang under Bernstein, Shaw, Stokowski, Brubeck, and Gregg Smith. He has performed at the White House, and at numerous national meetings, including NATS, CMS, and the Sonneck Society. Robert is a Master Teacher of the NATS Mentoring Program and has given master classes and performances at the American Academy in Rome, Argentina, Egypt, Madrid, Barcelona and the Hans Eisler Hochschüle in Berlin. His students have won the Truman Award, the Met National Council, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, and performed at the San Francisco Opera, Central City, Opera Colorado, New York City, Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, and Ohio Light operas; the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, Philadelphia Orchestra, and PBS Great Performances.

Brian Horne has held teaching positions at Shorter College and the University of Missouri, where his students have won numerous state, regional, and national awards in NATS and MTNA competitions, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Mobile Opera Competition, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Both he and his students are active professionally. Brian has recorded with the Cincinnati Pops, is a member of the NATS Foundation Board of Directors, and was recently awarded a Commendation for Special Achievement in musical direction by the Kennedy Center.