Kim Josephson Named Frost Professor of Vocal Performance

Kim Josephson Named Frost Professor of Vocal Performance

By UM News

Kim Josephson Named Frost Professor of Vocal Performance

By UM News
We are pleased to announce Kim Josephson will join the faculty as Professor of Music Department of Vocal Performance, effective August 2020.

The announcement was made by Frank Ragsdale, DMA, Chair Department of Vocal Performance who stated: "Kim Josephson is an amazing addition to an already stellar faculty. He comes to us with years of teaching experience and an international career which includes over 250 performances at the Metropolitan Opera. I have seen Professor Josephson teach and his knowledge of the voice is vast and maybe even more importantly, his generosity of spirit is infectious. We are thrilled that he will be joining us in the fall and know that his addition to the faculty will make the Frost Department of Vocal Performance even stronger."
 
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston where he earned B.M. and M.M. in applied voice, Professor Josephson is hailed as one of opera's most versatile baritones and a regular guest of leading opera companies. His title roles include Rigoletto, Falstaff ,Simon Boccanegra, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore to name a few. He has also appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, most notably as Eddie Carbone in the world premiere of William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge and, from the standard repertoire, Rigoletto, Germont, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Marcello in La Boheme
 
Professor Josephson states: "I am excited to join the esteemed faculty of the Frost School of Music.  It is my desire to share my vast experience with a new generation of singers and to equip them to serve their art. I want to help these young singers to fulfill their passion and to find their own voices.”

Mr. Josephson is the recipient of many honors, including William Sullivan/George London Foundation Award, Baltimore Opera Vocal Competition, Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, Loren Zachary Foundation Award, Puccini Foundation Award, Bagby Foundation Award, Bruce Yarnell Award, Singer's Development Foundation Award, and a Richard Tucker Career Grant.  He is praised for his performances of new music as well as the classical repertoire. He has served as chair of the vocal area at the University of Oklahoma and is an Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor of Voice.