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Robert W. Tudor, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Voice, Director of Opera and Music Theatre, Chair of Division of Music

Voice, Opera, Music Theatre

(904) 256-7347
rtudor@ju.edu

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Dr. Robert Tudor serves as Assistant Professor of Voice, Director of Music Theatre and Opera, and Chair of the Division of Music at Jacksonville University (JU).  His multifaceted career has included work as a professional singer, educator, and non-profit executive, including leadership positions in The Florida International Festival, The Association of Boarding Schools, American Classic Voyages, and Levine School of Music.

Upon his arrival to JU in 2006, Robert was appointed Chair of the Division of Music.  In the last five years, accomplishments include partnering with Jacksonville University’s College of Fine Arts Dean and Board of Trustees to lead a $.5 million a Kawai Elite Performance Instrument Collection (EPIC) partnership campaign, and developing recruiting strategies to double enrollment of music majors.  Internally, he has mobilized the Division to become actively involved in the long-range planning process, and to define and commit to the highest quality of personalized attention and professional preparation for their majors.  Within the College of Fine Arts he has partnered with the Chair for Visual Arts and Vice President for Academic Affairs to develop clearer procedures for faculty to report creative and intellectual activities, and co-led an initiative with colleagues from the Division of Theatre and Dance to generate annual collaborative performance projects.  

Advocacy, entrepreneurship, and external partnerships have been among his greatest priorities.  He has empowered faculty to develop service-learning courses that develop skills in entrepreneurship and arts education.  He has partnered with local organizations like the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to capitalize upon a legacy of mutual support; and the Jewish Community Center and the Chamber Music Series at the Church of the Good Shepherd (among others) to bring innovative, student-driven programming to wider audiences.  As Director of Opera and Music Theatre, he served as musical director for JU productions of Company, Oklahoma!, Ragtime, and Chess, and stage director for Dido and Aeneas, Chess, The Apple Tree, and creates innovated opera and music theatre workshop productions annually.

Robert is passionate about serving the community, and has partnered in fundraising campaigns with Family Promise of Jacksonville – a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness.  In 2011, he directed The Rhythm of Life – a music theatre and dance collaborative, proceeds of which benefitted The Boys' Home Association and Family Services of Jacksonville.

As a singer, Robert has been praised by The Washington Post for his “powerful singing voice,” and “notable acting skills”.  He has performed opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert works throughout the United States.  Roles have included Papageno in The Magic Flute, The Lecturer in Dominick Argento’s monodramatic opera A Waterbird Talk, Freddy in My Fair Lady, and Murdoch in Titanic – A New Musical. Concert works include the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Schubert's Mass in G, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio.  Robert is a regular guest artist with the Montana Early Music Festival, and artist and instructor at the annual Helena Choral Festival in Helena, Montana.  In 2009, Robert joined celebrated soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, pianist Betty Bullock, and bassist David Jernigan for the first in a series of national concert engagements featuring classics from Broadway.

A champion of innovative performance practice, Robert designed thematic art song recitals and concert works employing simultaneous projections of visual media (including paintings, sculpture), inspired by the poetry of the text, and performed them in the Washington, DC area, and in venues in North Florida.  He created the role of Gouvenor Morris in Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia’s commissioned work Nancy, by Garrison Hull, and premiered an orchestral work for baritone and oboe soloists by Lawrence Moss, entitled Dawn to Dawn – Five Poems of the Tang Dynasty. 

Robert received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and Bachelor of Music from Stetson University.  Awards include a 2009 Jacksonville University Institutional Award for Excellence, a 2003 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, 2004 Artist of the Year from Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and 2009 Institutional Award for Excellence from Jacksonville University.