Assistant Professor VCU Opera, Voice, Pedagogy
Tenor Kenneth Wood has appeared in leading or supporting roles with such companies as Western Opera Theater (San Francisco), Texas Opera Theater (Houston), Lyric Opera of Dallas, Fort Worth Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. Concert engagements include solo performances with Austin Choral Artists, Austin Chamber Music Festival, Fort Worth Ballet, Austin Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Festival at Round Top.
In competition, he was named a “Certified Classical Singer” for 2006-07 by Classical Singer magazine, was a 2003 finalist in the International Opera Singers Competition in New York and was a past finalist in the International Opera Competition of Wisconsin. He was twice a district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and placed first or second on four occasions in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Auditions. He was the vocal division winner of the Hemphill-Wells Sorantin Competition and was an invited participant in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Arts Competition in 1999.
As a teacher, Wood is currently on the faculty of VCU. He taught previously at the University of Central Missouri, maintained a private studio in Texas for over 10 years and served as a teaching assistant during both of his graduate degrees. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with the renowned soprano Gilda Cruz-Romo. He also holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, is a graduate of the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco and is a certified music educator.
In addition to his strong interest in opera, Wood has done extensive research in the area of Victorian art song. His doctoral treatise provided an overview and analysis of the genre and he has presented a public lecture on the subject, as well as a paper at the 2004 N.A.T.S. convention. Wood is a member of N.A.T.S., the National Opera Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists, and remains active professionally as a vocal soloist, adjudicator and teacher.