Title/Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Vocal PerformanceProfile:
Why did you choose music as your career?
Music was and is an absolute necessity in my life. Not only something I’ve wanted to do, but something I’ve needed to do. It has felt like a calling. Therefore even as a high schooler involved in multiple activities (sports, theater, music) I knew that any career I embarked upon had to be centered around music.
What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Fortunately I’ve had numerous highlights. As a young singer my Metropolitan Opera debut two years removed from Juilliard was an early highlight.
My being chosen by Maestro Ozawa to be one of the soloists in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Opening ceremonies.
Another highlight was my being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in their Outstanding American Division. This was in recognition of my past wrestling exploits combined with what I had achieved in music.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
In my brief time here I can see that a student would be well served by choosing the Frost School of Music because of the outstanding and collegial faculty. The breadth of training here would fully support any career a young musician could possibly choose. This is an outstanding School of Music.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
Besides the obvious such as the experience and wisdom of my years as a working professional, I hope to pass on my own passion for music and how absolutely vital it is for a balanced society.
To think outside of the box and explore the possibilities. Especially during these difficult economic times when it sometimes seems as if the arts are deemed expendable or superfluous.
What are your favorite operatic roles and why?
My favorite operatic roles because of their emotional depth and range are:
King Archibaldo from Montemezzi’s “L’amore dei Tre Re”
Mefistofele from Boito’s “Mefistofele”
The Dutchman from Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”
Mephistopheles from Gounod’s “Faust”
King Philip from Verdi’s “Don Carlo”
Porgy in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”
What is your teaching philosophy and what do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?
My teaching philosophy is to create secure, confident performers that should one day be “weaned” from my day to day hands on instruction. One always needs another set of ears or to check in from time to time, but a confident and secure performer is always operating at his or her best. Independence not dependence. Technical and artistic security and confidence. As such, I will expect my students to always keep the proverbial “end game” as it pertains to what they will ultimately do as professionals in the forefront of their studies. Starting from day one.
Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is a visiting associate professor in vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He also thrills audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi’s Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet’s Carmen. Kevin Short has performed multiple roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, Paris’ Opera Comique, Theatre Caen, Staatstheater Stuttgart, and many others in such roles as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Figaro and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. Short also enjoys an active festival and concert schedule. He has worked with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the New York Pops Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Radio France Orchestra, and the Winter Olympics Festival Orchestra for the opening ceremonies in Nagano, Japan. He received his training at Morgan State University, B.S., the Curtis Institute of Music, M.M., and the Juilliard School of Music Opera Center. While attending these institutions he was a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Opera America Competition and received awards and grants from the Sullivan Foundation, the Shoshana Foundation, and Opera Index.