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Assistant Professor, Voice

  • D.M.A., Voice Performance/Pedagogy, Louisiana State University (2009)
  • M.M., Voice Performance, Mississippi College (1998)
  • B.M., Church Music and Voice Performance, Mississippi College (1994)
Chris Turner, baritone, is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Church Music and Vocal Performance, double majoring at the undergraduate level, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He served as Minister of Music at several prominent churches for 20 plus years including First Baptist Natchez, Mississippi and First Baptist, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in Baton Rouge, he began doctoral studies at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Robert Grayson, formerly a tenor at the New York City opera, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and a minor in Vocal Pedagogy. Dr. Turner did post-doctoral study in Vocal Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music under the experienced tutelage of Dr. Robert McIver. In addition, he has the privilege through the years of coaching with the late Virginia Botkin and Harold Heiburg of the University of North Texas and with the late international renowned pedagogue Richard Miller of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

After graduation from LSU, he accepted at position at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana where he taught and mentored students on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels for five years and also serving as voice area coordinator. In addition, he also served on the voice faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

Turner is a member of the music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he teaches private voice. Turner’s performance experience in opera and musical theater includes roles such as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart), Silvio in I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Maletesta in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), and Figaro in Barber of Seville (Rossini), Neville Craven in The Secret Garden (Burnett), Farmer in The Music Man (Wilson). His oratorio credits include baritone solos in Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms), The Creation (Haydn), Messiah (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Mass in G (Schubert), In Terra Pax (Finzi), The Crucifixion (Stainer), St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Requiem (Duruflé), and Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Saëns).

His professional affiliations include membership in the Houston Chapter, Texas-Oklahoma Chapter, and National Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Music Educator’s Association, and the National Voice Foundation.