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MA Education Cert. (Catholic University of America) BMA Music (University Oklahoma), Hdip French Language & Culture(University Blasé Pascal) Hdip -Theology (University of Wales) PGcert (Middlesex University)



American born, tenor Robert Short has taught voice for over twenty years and has been singing for over 30 years. He began his music career at the age of eight in the Prince Georges County Honours Choir; singing in Washington DC at the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts and eventually went on to study voice with renowned professors of music such as Thomas Carey, Samuel Bond, Francoise Loup, and Marsha Henderson. Robert won a coveted space in the Opera Academy of Rome during the summer of 1999 and has appeared in Master Classes presented by great artists such as Mignon Dunn.

Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards including the Carol Brice Young Artist Award, Oklahoma Opera Guild Young Artist Award, University of Oklahoma Vocal Music Scholarship Award, as well as various other Choral and Solo distinctions and scholarships.

Robert received his Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma. Then he went on to receive a first-class honors certification in Education from Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Robert also studied music, culture, and language at University Blaise Pascal in Clermont Ferrand, France. Just recently he completed a course of study in Theology at the University of Wales.

Robert’s career has taken him throughout the world performing in many operas and productions including: Die Fledermaus, Die Zaubefloete, Eliser d’Amore, Pirates of Penzance, Hand of Bridge, The Crucible, JACK (world premiere), Susannah, Porgy & Bess, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Hansel and Gretel. Currently lecturing for the Bristol Institute of Modern Music, Robert continues to sing throughout the United States, England, and Europe performing in operas, art song recitals, jazz concerts, and various other contemporary music events. He is excited to continue his work and life here in Europe as a teacher, artist, performer, and friend.



Vocal Fach: Dramatic Tenor
Vocal Range: Baritone – Tenor
Vocal Styles: Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz & Various Contemporary Music
Diction: English, German, French, Italian, Latin

Singing – (35+ Years of Private Voice Training) Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Popular, Gospel, Rock

Teaching Experience:

Aria Music Academy – Private Vocal Coaching, Songwriting, Drama Coaching, Piano, Choir and Stagecraft

BIMM Lecturer (Bristol)

Lecturer(Supply) Bath Spa University (Bath)

QEH Secondary School (Bristol) – Private Vocal Tuition

Colston Colligate Upper and Lower School (Bristol) – Private Vocal Tuition

School of Rock (Bristol) – Vocal Tuition

Actor/ Educator for University Ethnic Diversity Program (Oklahoma) 2000

Prince Georges County Public School Teacher (Maryland) 2001-2004

Private Voice Lessons and Master Classes (Oklahoma, Washington DC, Maryland, Ireland, UK) 2001-Present

Music School of Ireland – Owner, Director, and Teacher at Music Academy (Ireland) 2005-2008

Music & Arts Camp Director & Educator (Ireland)2004-2008

Music & Art Recreational Science Program, (Alexandria, Virginia) 1993-2004

Dance Experience- Advanced Skills (Ballet & Modern) Basic Skills (Tap)

Piano Experience – Intermediate Skills

Theatre Roles & Experience

When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate
Our Town
Piano Lesson
To Be Young Gifted and Black
Elgar the Enigma

Musical Theatre Roles

Dream Girls
Kennedy (World Premiere)
Porgy & Bess
Broadway Gala
Westside Story

Opera / Operetta Roles

Die Fledermaus
Die Zauberflote
Hand of Bridge
The Crucible
Hansel & Gretel
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Elixir of Love
Coronation of Pompe
Sour Angelica
Gianni Schicchi
Don Giovanni

Media / Film

The Tooth Fairy – Musical Score composition and performance
BIMM- University Documentary
Soul In Campden
Heavy Hearts Music Video

Awards / Honours

Carol Brice Carey Singers Scholarship and Award
University of Oklahoma Scholarship
University of Oklahoma Choral Vocalist Award
South Carolina State University Theatrical Arts Award
South Carolina State University Scholarship and Award
South Carolina State University Tenor Vocalist Award
The Opera Academy of Rome Award and Contract


Directory and Principal of Aria Music Academy
Co-Host and Producer of Tap The Feed – Vocal Series with Aria Music
Lecturer – BIMM Bristol
Lecturer – LMFL International Language & Music School
Founder and Co-Director of the SONDER Choir
Choir Master – BMM Contemporary Musci Choir
LYMA (Vienna) – Artist in Residence




Opera America, Association of Bristol Governors, GLG Councils,


Research Projects:

Opera America – Performance Practices, The Contemporary Voice with Tap The Feed, and Contemporary Vocal Styles and The Mechanics of the Voice(work in progress)

Research Interests:

Vocal Pedagogy
The Brain and Music

Areas of Expertise

Vocal Pedagogy, Musicianship, Music Styles, Stage Movement, and Stage Craft

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