Office: Music 203
DMA, University of Texas, Austin
MM, Louisiana State University
BME, Louisiana State University
Dr. Bryan Bolzenthal, Lecturer of Voice, comes to San Diego State University from Austin, Texas where he has recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance. Hailed as a lyric baritone with “mellifluous legato and musical sensitivities,” he is experienced as both singer and teacher.
Prior to beginning his DMA studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Bolzenthal held faculty appointments at East Tennessee State University, Milligan College, and Emory & Henry College, all in the east Tennessee/southwest Virginia area of the country. He has also taught as a graduate assistant at both Louisiana State University and UT-Austin, during his masters and doctoral degrees respectively. Among his many musical interests, Dr. Bolzenthal is a champion of art song singing, and has a particular interest in the grand German Lieder tradition, of which he spent considerable time studying during his doctoral studies, mainly focusing on the songs of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.
On the opera stage, he has performed with Pensacola Opera, Baton Rouge Opera, as well as numerous roles both at LSU and UT-Austin. Most notable of these include Marcello in La Boheme, Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking. As a soloist, Dr. Bolzenthal has sung with the Baton Rouge Symphony, LSU Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, and the University of Texas Symphonic Band, performing in works such as Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Vaughan Williams’ Prayer for Peace, and new works by American composers. He is also an avid supporter of choral music, having sung with the prestigious Conspirare chamber ensemble under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson.
Dr. Bolzenthal’s students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of North Texas, among others notable institutions. He is honored to join the faculty at San Diego State University and looks forward to a promising year of musical exploration with the talented students at SDSU.