is an Assistant Professor of voice at Brigham Young University where he teaches Vocal Pedagogy and French Diction. He earned both a BM and MM in Vocal performance at BYU followed by a doctorate in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. While at IU he studied with renowned soprano and teacher, Costanza Cuccaro. Prior to joining the BYU faculty in August of 2014, he taught for 7 years at the University of Delaware.
His special love as a performer is the art song repertoire. He was a finalist in the 2014 Mary Trueman Art Song competition, winning the Pierre Bernac prize for best French song performance. Other performances include Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Roger Vignoles, a recital of Mendelssohn and Schumann lieder at Mendelssohn’s former home in Leipzig, Germany, an all-French recital, a recital featuring American song composers, and several performances with the Serafin String Quartet. Of his performance of Barber’s Dover Beach with the Serafin Quartet, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:
“Brandt….had ideal diction and the kind of fine, uncluttered sound that makes one understand this as one of Barber’s small masterpieces”.
In addition to his work as a recitalist, Robert has had success performing both opera and oratorio. Operatic credits include Michele in Il Tabarro, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mandryka in Richard Strauss’s Arabella. This latter performance garnered attention from Opera News who wrote:
“Mandryka is a character-balancing act, the rough versus the sophisticated. Robert Brandt had it all. Handsome, with an ebullient personality, Brandt has innate musical simplicity and honesty and delivered the German text with amazing clarity of diction.”
Dr. Brandt’s students have consistently performed well at NATS chapter and regional auditions, are consistently accepted into prestigious summer and graduate programs, and have had professional success on operatic, concert, and Broadway stages. He delights in helping aspiring singers realize their potential and discover how their unique gifts can create value for others.