Instructor of Voice, Tenor
Oliver Henderson, Assistant Professor of Voice, holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Middle Tennessee State University, and from Indiana University, where he completed his doctoral studies with Carol Vaness. Vocally, he has recently made a transition from baritone to tenor, and he feels this experience has taught him much about the mechanics and technique of the voice as well as the neurotic psychology of the operatic tenor!
Henderson’s teaching experience began at the collegiate level. Before beginning his doctoral work at Indiana he served two years on the voice faculty of East Carolina University where he taught studio voice and diction classes.
As a singer, Mr. Henderson is critically acclaimed for his “perfect comic timing” and is accomplished not only as a comic singer/actor but also in romantic operatic leads. A native of Tennessee, he made his professional debut with in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Nashville Opera.
Since this debut he has performed in a variety of roles and venues, notably with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio. Highlights of his work with the OLO include the role of Danilo in Franz Lehar’s Merry Widow, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and the title role in the recording of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke on Albany Records. His roles with the IU Opera include Dapertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette.
Outside of the classroom, Henderson is an avid cyclist. When he was 21 Oliver worked a summer job as a Manhattan bicycle messenger. Later, in 2006, he rode his bicycle across the country on the TransAmerica trail. You can read the blog of his coast-to-coast adventure here. He also enjoys hiking, and fulfilled his dream of walking the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail after graduating from college in 1999, finishing the trip after 198 days in the woods.
Phone: (989) 774-1967
Room: MU 278