Jonathan Retzlaff

Jonathan Retzlaff

Associate Professor of Voice

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Biography

Following his New York debut recital of French mélodies at Carnegie Recital Hall, the lyric baritone Jonathan Retzlaff has championed the art of the song recital on prestigious concert series including the National Gallery of Art, and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the A. I. Lack Music Master Series at the University of Houston, Texas; and the Bechstein Recital Series in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He has also performed on the Community Concert Series under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, on National Public Radio, and at colleges and universities spanning the country. Dr. Retzlaff was a semi-finalist in the Elly Ameling Lied Concours held in The Hague, The Netherlands and the Walter W. Naumburg Vocal Competition in New York.

Dr. Retzlaff’s extensive recital background is enhanced by a wide range of opera/operetta roles including, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Paquillo in La Perichole, Fredrik in A Little Night Music and the Marquis in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, among others. His current and former students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra Bastille, Teatro La Fenice –Venice, Teatro Regio – Parma, Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, St. Louis Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Texas Chamber Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Astoria Music Festival, Amato Opera, Cantiamo Opera, Lincoln Center Summer Music Festival, Sarasota Opera, Berkshire Opera, Chicago Chamber Opera, Breckenridge Musical Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Indianapolis Opera, Sacramento Opera, Connecticut Opera,  the Spoleto Festival (USA).  

His students have been winners of Regional, National and International voice competitions. Baritone Ben Edquist was winner of the 2014 Lotte Lenya International Voice Competition.  His students have been admitted to graduate programs at The Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Indiana University at Bloomington, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, among others.  Dr. Retzlaff has served as a Master Teacher for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, as an adjudicator for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards, the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, and as the Tennessee Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Dr. Retzlaff was awarded the Blair School of Music’s 2011 Faculty Excellence Award.  He is also the author of Exploring Art Song Lyrics, published by Oxford University Press in May 2012.  Dr. Retzlaff holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.