Robert Allen Saunders
Associate Professor of Voice
Building 37, Room 130
DM Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Vocal Performance, Marshall University
Saunders was a voice pupil of Paul Kiesgen and Roy Samuelsen for modern voice,
and Paul Elliott for instruction in early vocal practices.
maintains an active performing schedule in opera, ensemble, and recital
appearances. In August of 2009, he performed the role of Sparafucile for
the Montana Lyric Opera Company. Other opera roles he has sung include
Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of
Seville and The Doctor in Berg’s Wozzec, Doctor Bartolo in
Rossini’s Barber of Seville, an Dr. Grenville in Verdi’s La Traviata,
and the Second Man in Armor in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
2001, Saunders was the bass soloist for two performances of Mozart’s Requiem
Mass in Russia with the State Orchestra of Russia in Moscow and with the
St. Petersburg State Orchestra in St. Petersburg. More recent performances
include guest soloist appearances in Frigyes Hidas’ Requiem at Middle Tennessee
State University in October 2006 and bass soloist with The Viola da gamba Dojo
of New York, directed by John Mark Rozendaal in November of 2007. Allen
frequently performs with the Fort Wayne Early Music Ensemble, specializing in
early Baroque music.
Handel specialist, Allen recently presented a paper on Baroque ornamentation at
The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January of 2008.
In July of 2010, he co-presented a workshop on baroque ornamentation in
Piobbico, Italy for "Music in the Marche" an opera and Italian
language program in which he teaches during June and July.
to joining the voice faculty at the Northern Arizona University School of Music
in August 2008 where he teaches private vocal lessons, master classes, and acts
in an advisory role to the NAU Opera, he was the Coordinator of Voice at
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where he taught voice, diction,
vocal pedagogy, song literature, and directed the IPFW opera workshop.