College of Fine Arts and Design

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Eckard

Associate Professor of Voice, Vocal Arts Division Head


Kevin Eckard, Bass-Baritone, is currently a Professor of voice at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Eckard is a native of South Carolina. He received his DMA from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from Indiana University.  

Dr. Eckard has performed frequently throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, Austria and Great Britain. He has performed as a soloist with The Messiah Festival in Lindsborg Kansas, the International choir festival in Chester, England, the Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Denver Opera, Wichita Opera, Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, the Carmel and Anderson Symphonies in Indiana, Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Canterbury Choral Society, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma City.

Dr. Eckard has been the featured soloist in productions of Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He has also performed Bach’s Mass in b minor, Magnificat, Cantata 140, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott and Cantata 79. Among his many operatic credits, he has performed the roles of Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Budd in Albert Herring, Blitch in Susannah, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Monterone in Rigoletto, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Secret Policeman in The Consul, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Escamillo in Carmen and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. Kevin has also performed in the musicals, Jekyll and Hyde, as the Bishop of Basingstoke, and Jesus Christ Superstar, as Caiaphas.

Dr. Eckard is a Regional Finalist and a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s South Carolina District competition, and has won the Margerite Elfe Erckmann award for vocal performance.

What was the first performing arts event that you remember seeing and what do you remember most about it?
I remember seeing the "Pirates of Penzance" at the Augusta Opera and I remembered how cool the pirate king was and I wanted to be on stage performing and singing. It became my passion.

When do you remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
I decided that I wanted to perform for a living when I was in college. I learned at that time that you can't choose a career based on whether or not you will make money, but that you need to follow your passion. If you are doing what you love in life then you will be happy and that is the true definition of success.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
Students must learn to be good colleagues and to always work to improve. It is important for them to realize a good voice is not enough and that there is a lot of work to become a professional performer. Work on your singing, acting, languages and dance. Also it is very important in this market to take good care of yourself mentally and physically.

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic/creative process?
Watching the students perform and seeing their growth on stage.

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(405) 974-5171

keckard@uco.edu

Bachelor of Arts, College of Charleston

MM, Indiana University

DMA, University of South Carolina

Teaching
Dr. Kevin Eckard is a Professor of Voice and also teaches Opera Workshop and Voice Pedagogy.