Dr. Thomas Rowell
Associate Professor of Music
Voice Area Coordinator
Opera Theatre, Vocal/Opera Literature
Dr. Thomas L. Rowell, tenor, is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and directs USA Opera Theatre. He teaches studio voice, vocal pedagogy and song literature. His vocal and choral teachers include George C. Martin, Joseph Blass, Sharon C. Mabry, David Robinson, George Mabry, and C. David Keith. Vocal coaches/artists and conductors Dr. Rowell has worked with include Amy Johnson, Vernon Hartman, Mark Thomsen, James Taylor, William Cotten, Jim Caraher, Hugh Keelan, Jerome Shannon, Kamal Khan, Michael Borowitz, Hal France, Andy Anderson, Jeffrey Rink, Xiaolun Chen, and Danielle Orlando.
Currently, Dr. Rowell He maintains a very active performing schedule as a recitalist, soloist and roles with regional opera companies. He has appeared as tenor soloist with Nashville Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Mobile Pops, Baldwin Pops, University of South Alabama Symphonic Band, University of Alabama Orchestra, and Bluffton University Orchestra. He will appear with the Choral Society of Pensacola as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in December 2014, and with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra as tenor soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in March 2015.
Rowell has performed numerous operatic roles with Mobile and Pensacola Opera, including Judge Danforth in The Crucible, Parpignol in La Boheme, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Gastone in La Traviata, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Incredible in Andrea Chenier, Elder Hayes in Susannah, Der Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer, both Pong and Pang in Turandot, Spoletta in Tosca, Nick in La Fanciulla del West, Ko Ko in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Internationally, Dr. Rowell appeared as Tinca in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Spinelloccio/Il Notario in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Bramante in Urbania, Italy. This season he will perform the role of Schmidt in Massenet’s Werther and the roles of Edmondo, the Dancing Master, and the Lamplighter in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Mobile Opera.
In addition to his teaching and performing, Dr. Rowell has served as choral clinician and conductor of Mobile County Honor Choir, Alabama Independent Schools Association State Honor Choir, Mobile Opera Chorus, and Bella Voce of Mobile, Mobile’s premiere women’s chorus.
Dr. Rowell currently serves as President of the Alabama Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has served as Registrar for the Southeastern Region of NATS as well.