OPERA/MUSICAL THEATRE

 

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree

With an emphasis in Vocal Performance

 

Wayland Baptist University is teeming with opportunities to perform! Here at Wayland we offer a performance degree which will train you with an  emphasis on the possibilities and realities of staged performances as experienced in New York City and around the United States.

 

Productions

Every year our students participate in both Opera and Musical Theatre performances. In the fall we offer a Children’s Opera for the city of Plainview and the surrounding communities; several thousand children attend this production every year! Also, every other year in the spring we produce a main stage Opera or Musical. In conjunction with these offerings we give students who are enrolled in the Opera/Musical Theatre Class an opportunity to perform numerous scenes from famous productions that have been created throughout the ages.

 

 

Training

The training in the Opera/Musical Theatre Class includes audition etiquette and technique, improvisation, set construction, lighting, acting (for both Opera and Musical Theatre and large and small performance venues), movement, character development, stage combat, and the utilization of your body as an instrument of expression!

 

 

Even more opportunities

The Opera/Musical Theatre program works very closely with the Theatre department at Wayland under the direction of Dr. Marti Runnels. While you may be a performance major in music, you are encouraged to take classes in acting, scene design, make-up, and directing as well as perform in one or more of the four main stage theatre productions or a summer production at the Sacramento Mountain Theatre in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

 

WBU also invites students to perform in the Choral program as well. We have the International Choir that tours regionally and abroad, Wayland Singers, Singing Men, Singing Women, and Spirit, an 11-member choir that performs a variety of music from contemporary Christian to jazz.

 

 

Degrees offered at Wayland

*Bachelor of Music in Performance

*Bachelor of Music in Music Education

*Bachelor of Arts in music with an emphasis in:

*General Music

*Theory/Composition

*Church Music and Worship

 

 

Scholarship Information

Wayland’s School of Music offers a large number of scholarships that may be awarded following the audition process. For more information, see our Web site at www.wbu.edu/music or contact Joe Berry for an audition application packet at berryj@wbu.edu.

 

 

 About the Director

Brian Kunhert

Brian Kuhnert is the Director of Opera/Music Theatre and Assistant Professor of Voice, joining the faculty of Wayland Baptist University’s School of Music in the fall of 2010.  He holds a Bachelors of Music in Performance and a Masters of Music in Performance from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.  Through the course of his studies, Dr. Kuhnert has studied with Mr. Gerald Dolter of Texas Tech University and Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert of West Texas A&M University.  He has also worked with various professional singers and opera directors in masterclasses including the honor of working with the late vocal pedagogue Richard Miller.

Dr. Kuhnert has performed a broad range of operatic roles in both collegiate and professional companies, performing principal roles with Amarillo Opera and Western Plains Opera in addition to his work with the Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University opera’s productions.  Roles performed include:  “Marullo” and “Count Ceprano” in Rigoletto, “Cousin Betto” in Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost, “Leporello” in Don Giovanni, “Dr. Lomax” in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, “Keçal” in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, “Bartolo” in Il barbiere di Siviglia, “Figaro” in Le nozze di Figaro, “Horace Tabor” in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, “Pooh-Bah” in The Mikado, “Don Alfonso” in Cosí fan tutte, “Sciarrone” in Tosca, “Frank” in Die Fledermaus, “Bob” in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and “King Melchior” in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Dr. Kuhnert can also been seen each summer in the second largest canyon in the United States, the Palo Duro Canyon, as he performs as the cantankerous, but fiercely resolute, rancher “Uncle Henry” in the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation’s yearly production of the Paul Green musical drama TEXAS.  He has performed the role of Uncle Henry for four years and expects to continue to entertain the thousands of people that travel from around the world to see one of the country’s most attended outdoor shows.

 

Contact Information

 

Dr. Brian Kuhnert
Assistant Professor - Vocal Studies
Director of Opera/Musical Theatre

1900 W. 7th Street, CMB 1286, Plainview, Texas 79072

(806) 291-1061 kuhnertb@wbu.edu

 

The School of Music at Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music