Assistant Professor of Voice, Tenor
Oliver Henderson, tenor, 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