World's Most Requested American Opera Tenor Will Perform at Baylor University

Lawrence Brownlee
Lawrence Brownlee courtesy photo.
Nov. 4, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 4, 2013) - Lawrence Brownlee, widely regarded as the most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, will present a Distinguished Artist Series recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

The primary purpose of the Baylor School of Music's Distinguished Artist Series is "to bring the world's top musical artists for the Baylor and Waco community without the need for our students and community to travel," said Randy Umstead, Ph.D., chair of the division of vocal studies.

"We believe that live exposure to the artists our students aspire to become is a critical component in student learning and development."

The Ohio-born Brownlee received a bachelor's degree from Anderson University and a master's degree from Indiana University. From these firmly American roots, he has become a star on the international scene. He has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and has a relationship with many premiere conductors and symphony orchestras.

"Mr. Brownlee is in such high demand because he sings repertoire that is incredibly challenging," Umstead said. "Attendees will have a chance to see one of the world's leading tenors without leaving their city, for a ticket price far below what they would pay if they heard him in another locale."

Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online at or at the box office in the McCrary Music Building. General admission tickets are $15, and tickets for students, senior citizens and Baylor faculty and staff are $10. For more information, contact the box office at (254) 710-3571.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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