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...

Mr. Mark Diamond

Visiting Lecturer in Voice

Baritone Mark Diamond, Visiting Lecturer of Voice, joins the faculty of Baylor University in the middle of a decorated and flourishing singing career. Mr. Diamond has sung leading roles in the distinguished young artist programs of Houston Grand Opera Studio, Glimmerglass Opera, Merola Opera, and Aspen Music Festival. Notable major role debuts include the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme, John Proctor in The Crucible, Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, and many more. ~ MORE...

Mr. Joseph Li

Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching

Joseph Li, Assistant Professor of Voice, has played and coached for Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, Opera in the Heights, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. This summer Mr. Li served as Head of Music for the Wolf Trap Opera Company’s 2016 season. In past summers at Wolf Trap he coached Wolf Trap Opera Company’s Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Inspector (John Musto world premiere), and played various multi-genre Vocal Colors recital series at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

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

Associate Professor of Voice

Music Director for Baylor Opera Theater

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...

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

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...