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Dr. Cory J Renbarger

Assistant Professor

Music

Office: BG 349

Phone: (218) 755-2867

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Dr. Cory J. Renbarger joined the faculty at BSU in 2012. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Concordia College.  Beginning his training in Moorhead, MN, he studied with David Hamilton and was a frequent soloist with The Concordia Choir, under René Clausen.  He went on to receive both a Master’s Degree in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  There, he studied under Barbara Honn, performing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, The Gamekeeper in Rusalka, Barney in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Peter in Hansel and Gretel.  Dr. Renbarger sang the roles of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and The Emperor in Le Rossignol at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for two years during his assistantship and received his Doctor of Musical Arts, studying under John De Haan.

Dr. Renbarger apprenticed with Florida Grand Opera, where he portrayed Sid in La fanciulla del West, El Dancaïro in Carmen, and Marullo in Rigoletto.  Other engagements include Lyric Opera Cleveland and Dayton Opera, where he performed Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Mr. Dashwood in Little Women.  He made his international debut as Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with the Opera Theatre-Music Festival of Lucca, Italy.  Other roles include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Cascada in The Merry Widow with Fargo-Moorhead Opera as well as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Ashlawn Opera and Angelotti in Tosca with Sorg Opera.  Dr. Renbarger’s credits also include many performances of Handel’s Messiah, including a national broadcast on NPR with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem, Copland’s Old American Songs and multiple performances of Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

In the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dr. Renbarger was a national semifinalist in 2008 as well as twice receiving honorable mentions prior.  Other engagements have included El Dancaïro in Carmen with Fargo Moorhead Opera, Perotti in a workshop of the new opera The Garden of the Finzi-Continis with Minnesota Opera, Fauré’s Requiem in St. Paul, MN, Bass soloist in Bach's Cantata 147 with the Southern Tier Symphony, and Raphael in Haydn's The Creation at Houghton College.  During the 2009-2010 season, Dr. Renbarger also served as the official anthem singer of the Minnesota Wild hockey franchise.

Dr. Renbarger's publications include collaboration on the book, Musical Performance: A Comprehensive Approach: Theory, Analytical Tools, and Case Studies with Dr. Guerino Mazzola, published in 2011.  Dr. Renbarger also continues to perform actively in recital, including numerous engagements with pianist and collaborator Dr. Sharon Johnson.  Their most recent recital, performed in Spring 2013 at BSU, included an entire Russian presentation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

Prior to becoming a member of the Bemidji State University Music Department, Dr. Renbarger taught at Houghton College in New York, where he was Assistant Professor of Voice as well as Director of Lyric Theatre.  His directing credits there included productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow.  In Bemidji, Dr. Renbarger also serves as the Director of Opera Theater and started his directorial duties here with last season's opera, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.  He looks forward to the future of opera theater here in Bemidji and continues to develop that curriculum for BSU.

Besides his duties with opera theater, Dr. Renbarger also serves as the coordinator of vocal performance studies and teaches pedagogy, diction, song literature, and opera studies.