Faculty

Dr. Robert Best

Associate Professor of Voice

Robert Best is an Associate Professor of Voice and serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Vocal Studies Division. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Barbara Doscher and Robert Harrison. He also earned BM (Vocal Performance) and MM (Vocal Performance and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy) degrees from Arizona State University where he studied with Jerry Doan. ~ MORE...




Dr. Christian Bester

Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice

Christian Bester, a native of South Africa, currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University. He made his professional debut as Schaunard in La Bohème for Pro Musica Theater in South Africa. As featured soloist, he has appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. As a recitalist, he not only performs regularly throughout the United States, but he has also performed acclaimed recitals in Australia, Wales, and South Africa. ~ MORE...




Prof. Kathy McNeil

Associate Professor of Voice

Kathy McNeil, coloratura soprano, joined the Baylor University voice faculty in 2013. A versatile performer, Professor McNeil has appeared as soloist in oratorio, recital, and opera performances in Germany, Austria, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Honduras, Canada, and throughout the United States. Her operatic credits include the roles of Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Violetta in La Traviata, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. ~ MORE...




Dr. Jeffrey Peterson

Assistant Professor of Voice

Jeffrey Peterson, pianist and coach, has appeared in recitals and master classes on five continents, with such important operatic artists as Martina Arroyo, James King, and Teresa Kubiak, in venues as far-reaching as Hoam Hall in Seoul, the Marian Anderson Festival and Competition, and Manaus, Brazil. He has performed throughout the United States with flutists Francesca Arnone, Valerie Potter, and Tadeu Coelho. Dr. Peterson has taught at Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron, and served on the Opera Studies Faculty at Northwestern University for five years. ~ MORE...




Mr. Curtis Streetman

Lecturer in Voice

Curtis Streetman, bass, is known for his range and versatility. An active American proponent of the Historically Informed Performance Practice movement, his well-regarded and researched interpretations have been presented in some of the worlds most esteemed opera theaters and concert halls. Operatic performances include appearances at The Salzburg Festival, Halle Staatsoper, Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Pacific Opera Victoria. ~ MORE...




Dr. Randall Umstead

Associate Professor of Voice

Chair, Division of Vocal Studies

Randall Umstead, tenor, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Vocal Studies at Baylor University. He received his education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA and MM) as a student of Barbara Honn, and Oklahoma Baptist University (BM). Twice a fellow at Tanglewood, he has performed extensively as an operatic and concert singer in the US, Europe, and South Africa. Largely now focused on baroque, classical, and contemporary works, he has appeared as a soloist with the Flagstaff Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony,... ~ MORE...




Dr. Jamie Van Eyck

Assistant Professor of Voice

Jamie Van Eyck is Assistant Professor of Voice at Baylor University. She earned Master of Music degrees in both Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Van Eyck regularly performs on national and international stages in concert and opera. Recent career highlights include a New York City solo recital debut and new recordings for Albany, Centaur, and Bridge Records of New York. ~ MORE...




Dr. Deborah Williamson

Associate Professor of Voice

Deborah Williamson, soprano, has performed principal roles with The Little Orchestra Society in New York at Lincoln Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Opera Columbus, among others. She has appeared as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe; and has recently performed a solo recital of French and American art songs at the American Cathedral in Paris, France. ~ MORE...