Baritone Robin Rice, associate professor emeritus of voice, received his BM degree from Baylor University and his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A specialist in the French repertoire, Rice became an honored participant under Elly Ameling, Gerard Souzay, and Dalton Baldwin at the Cleveland Art Song Festival. Dr. Rice also won the Carolyn Brice Award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition. He has worked with many luminaries such as Maestra Alberta Masiello, Theodore Uppmann, Barbara Honn, Joyce Farwell, Tom Jaber and Edward Bak, to name a few.
Rice's operatic repertoire spans such diverse roles as Mozart's Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and the joyous Papageno in The Magic Flute, to Lee Hoiby's Vernon in Summer and Smoke. He has also performed the world premieres of Reynold's The Hollow Men, Rytel's Blake Songs, and Dmitriev's R.O.S. In 1996, he was a recitalist with Michael Pilkington for the national convention of the Association of Teachers of Singing of the United Kingdom in Bournemouth, England. He also appeared as a soloist with the Northern Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Teplice, Czech Republic with John Apeitos of the Athens, Greece Radio Symphony conducting.
Rice is a highly acclaimed and active international teacher. He has taught master classes internationally and in the United States. Venues include: Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Castellina in Chianti Vocal Workshop (Tuscany, Italy), Cullasaja Vocal Workshop (North Carolina), University of Colorado at Boulder, Rice University, Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, and Baylor University; Tung-hay University, Taipei Municipal University of Education and National Sun, Yet-sen University in Taiwan, R.O.C. Rice has been a guest vocal coach for Utah’s Young Artist Apprentice Program, the San Diego Opera Ensemble and Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist Apprentice Programs. Dr. Rice has also taught at the Amalfi Coast Music Program in Vietri sul Mare, Italy and in 2009, he was a master teacher at the International Asian Opera Workshop in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. In July 2011, he was a master teacher at the International Asian Opera Project in Kunming, China.
Rice has mentored and worked with many remarkable singers of varied careers - artists like Taylor Stayton, Kerri Marcinko, Michele Angelini, Maureen McKay, David Hibbard, Robert Kerr and Daniel Neer, among others. Rice's students are performing on major stages in the United States, Europe and Asia which include the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Dell’Opera Roma, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Théatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Teatro Comunale (Bologna), Varna Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Severoceska Filharmonie (Teplice, Czech Republic), and Festival Lyrique en Mer (France). Many of his students have also won many international vocal competitions. In summer 2012 he was part of the faculty of the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, Michigan.