Baritone Robert Wells is currently Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts. He earned the BM in Voice from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, and holds MM and DMA degrees in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His students have been recognized for their achievements in regional, national, and international performances and competitions, and they have been young artists with programs including Glimmerglass, Chautauqua, Opera North, Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Brevard Music Center, and Seagle Colony. Numerous current and former students of Dr. Wells hold faculty positions at the university level and in public and private schools throughout the country.
A frequent recitalist, Wells has also enjoyed an active career in both oratorio and opera in the United States as well as Great Britain and Europe. He has sung leading roles Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, and Albert Herring and has appeared as baritone soloist in numerous oratorio performances, including Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the St. John Passion of J. S. Bach.
Dr. Wells is currently Governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as President of the NC Chapter of NATS. An active choral conductor, Wells is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro. He was formerly the Director of the SUNY Fredonia College Choir and was recognized for his work with numerous professional and community choral organizations in Western New York. Dr. Wells was an Artist Faculty member of the Schlern International Music Festival in Voels am Schlern, Italy for a number of years and he formerly served on the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia, where he was Co-Chair of the Voice Faculty.