College of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Robert Glaubitz

Associate Professor of Voice, Director of Opera and Assistant Director of the School of Music

Robert Glaubitz, baritone, holds the position of Associate Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and teaches applied voice, opera, and diction.  He is well-regarded as a performer, teacher, and researcher.  He is best known for his website The Aria Database (, an online repository of information on more than one-thousand operatic arias.   The Aria Database has received numerous awards and has been featured by the New York Times and Australian Public Radio.  It has been aiding singers in their preparation of arias since 1996.
Dr. Glaubitz has performed frequently throughout the United States.  He is a member of the Conundrum Duo with guitarist Carey Harwood which performs a diverse selection of classical music for voice and fretted instruments including guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo.  The Conundrum Duo has performed at the Colorado Mahlerfest, the New York City Duo Fest, as well as concert series throughout the United States.  In 2007, the Conundrum Duo won first-place and “Audience Favorite” at the prestigious Bruce E. Ekstrand Competition.  As a soloist, Dr. Glaubitz won or placed in several competitions, including the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards when he won the Oklahoma district and placed second in the Texoma region.  He has performed on public radio and/or television in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Oklahoma.  Dr. Glaubitz has appeared in lead roles in a wide variety of operas and musicals, including Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore, Carmen, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Mikado, The Music Man, Trial By Jury, The Merry Widow, and Pirates of Penzance.
Dr. Glaubitz also has a strong interest in new music.  From 1995 to 1999, he was a member of the Performance 20/20 chamber music group at the University of Hartford where he premiered numerous compositions.  In 2003, he appeared in a lead role in the premiere of Randall Shinn’s Sara McKinnon.  In 2007 and 2008, he premiered roles in two original musicals based on the story of Adam and Eve.  Most recently, Dr. Glaubitz performed excerpts from new operas with UCO students at the 2011 national College Music Society meeting.
Dr. Glaubitz received his DMA in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with his major document exploring the issues of a guitar and voice collaboration, including a study of available repertoire.  He received his MM in Vocal Performance from CU-Boulder as well and his BM in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.  He previously held full-time positions on the faculty of Northern State University and University  of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic/creative process?
I love it when a plan comes together.  When I am directing an opera, there is always that moment when everyone starts to get on the same page and the show starts to work.  It's exciting for me as the director to see it come together and it is always exciting for the students to realize that their hard work and the long hours of rehearsal have really paid off.

When do you remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
In my senior year of high school, I was trying to decide whether to go into music or electrical engineering.  Music had always been a large part of my life but I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit myself to it or if I wanted to choose a career that would be more of a sure thing in terms of a job.  I think I would have been a great engineer, but in the end, I decided that music was really where my heart was.  I have never regretted that decision.  

Name a play, production, film, recording, book, or composition that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you have made this decision.
Gerald Finzi's song cycle "Earth and Air and Rain" with poetry by Thomas Hardy.  I began learning this set of songs during my masters degree.  The poetry is about coming to grips with love and death but, because they aren't written in a plain and simple manner, you really have to read them carefully to get the full meaning of the words.  At the same time, I had several life events that emphasized the fleeting quality of both love and life, so it is not surprising that these songs really resonated with me.  Plus, they are just great songs - wonderful music and written perfectly for my voice.  For whatever reason, I didn't perform them until 10 years later in my first recital at UCO. I would advise any young male singer to listen to Finzi's songs and really think about what they mean.

What is something unexpected about you?
I foster rescued greyhounds for Hounds of the Heartland.

Dr. Robert Glaubitz, Baritone

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BM, Vocal Performance
University of Hartford

MM, Vocal Performance
University of Colorado at Boulder                                                                                                                                  

DMA, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
University of Colorado at Boulder

Studio voice
Direct operas
Opera Workshop

Performs recitals and operatic roles
Directs opera
Painted Sky Opera

National Association of Teachers of Singing
College Music Society
National Opera Association