Dr. Randall A. Umstead currently holds the Charles W. Evans Chair in Voice at Baylor University, where he serves as associate dean for academic affairs and professor of voice in the School of Music. He has previously served Baylor as chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Umstead is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is also serving his second term as governor of the Texoma region of NATS.
A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Umstead earned an MM and a DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is active as a recitalist and has taught masterclasses throughout the United States and in South Africa. Dr. Umstead has been a member of the Baylor faculty since 2006.
Twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Dr. Umstead has an extensive concert repertoire. He has performed as a soloist with the Cliburn Festival in Fort Worth, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Bach Society of Houston, Dallas Bach Society, Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Irving Symphony, the Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Society of Dayton.
In addition to being an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Dr. Umstead is the church’s chancel choir director. He previously has served as music director at Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and Baptist churches.