Wednesday, August 20, 2014

College of Music Welcomes New Faculty to the Voice Area

As the fall semester begins, the College of Music is pleased to welcome two new Assistant Professors of Voice, Daniel Belcher and Evan T. Jones.


Winner of a 2010 Grammy Award, baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston. Belcher came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Belcher most recently created Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for The Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and Kaija Saariaho’s chamber piece, Sombre for Rothko Chapel in Houston. Other world premieres include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O, both at Houston Grand Opera.

Mr. Belcher won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording singing the lead role of Jaufré Rudel in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin (Harmonia Mundi). In addition to new opera, Belcher has been hailed for his performances of Rossini’s baritones, Figaro, Dandini, and Taddeo.

Daniel Belcher received his B.S. in Vocal Performance from William Jewell College and his M.M from The Juilliard School. Further training included the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the young artist programs of Central City Opera and Santa Fe Opera.




Baritone Evan Thomas Jones enjoys a diverse performing career in concert, opera, and musical theatre. An active performer of new works, he was the soloist on the premiere recording of Randol Bass’ Passage Into Spirit, and for the premiere performance and Naxos label recording of Dohnányi’s Orchesterlieder with the FSU Symphony Orchestra this spring.

In 2014, Mr. Jones won an “Emerging Leader” award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing as one of the nation’s most promising young teachers. His current and former students have won awards at competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and have performed in major opera houses, on national equity tours and Broadway, and in television and film.

A proud FSU alum, Evan T. Jones previously served on the voice faculty of the University of Memphis. He is completing his Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, where he was rewarded for excellence in both performing and teaching by winning first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition and as the first recipient of the William McIver Memorial Award in teaching.  He previously served as a district director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of NATS, NAfME, MTNA, and ACDA.