Associate Professor of Voice
D.M.A. - Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music
Office: 163 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-7107
John Hines, acclaimed bass recitalist and soloist, has been heard on stages in Italy, Austria, Russia, and throughout the United States. In March 2013, Hines celebrated his Carnegie Hall debut as bass soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass.
A unique honor for an American singer, Hines has become a highly sought-after performer in the Russian Federation as an interpreter of Russian vocal music. Earning the title “The American Chaliapin” by Russian critics and audience alike, Hines has presented numerous solo concerts throughout the Russian Federation since 2007. He has sung concerts with solo artists from the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theaters, and many of his performances have been broadcast over Russian Federal Television and Radio. In addition to performing Russian music, he has also performed Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise at the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (2009)—the last artist to perform the work in the Capella since the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 60 years prior. In 2010, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, he was invited to be the bass soloist in Schumann’s rarely performed Requiem with the State Academic Capella Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alexander Chernushenko.
Recent U.S. solo performances include being a featured guest artist with the University of Missouri Choral Union and Columbia Civic Orchestra “A Night at the Opera” under the direction of Dr. R. Paul Crabb; Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass with the Knox College Choir and Monmouth Chorale in Galesburg, Illinois under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane; and, guest artist recitals at the University of Iowa, Austin Peay State University, and Tennessee State University. Other highlights include solo performances in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Southeast Iowa Symphony; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the First Religious Society Orchestra and Chorus of Newburyport, Massachusetts; Haydn’s Creation with the Michigan State University Choral Union and Lansing Symphony; Handel’s Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Piano Fantasy with the Grand Rapids Symphony under the direction of David Lockington—the later work performed in collaboration with International Gilmore Keyboard Festival; and, numerous works with the Metropolitan Chorale of Waterloo, Iowa including Beethoven’s Piano Fantasy and Mass in C, Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass, J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 214 “Tӧnet ihr Pauken erschallet, Trompeten!”, Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem.
Hines has also performed leading opera roles Sarastro (Die Zauberflӧte); Act 1 as Hunding and Act 3 excerpts as Wotan (Die Walküre) with the Northern Iowa Opera Theater; Sarastro (Die Zauberflӧte) and Bonze (Madame Butterfly) with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; Mandarin (Turandot) with Opera Grand Rapids (Michigan); Scarpia (Tosca) with the Asheville Lyric Opera; Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger) with the Cleveland Opera; and, the title role (Mikado) and Police Sergeant (Pirates of Penzance) with the Findlay Light Opera.
Dr. Hines, an Ohio native, earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degree from Kent State University, and Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Heidelberg University. He also studied at Indiana University and the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria. His teachers include Bard Suverkrop, James King, James Mismas, Dale Moore, Carlos Montané, and Norman Wurgler. He has also performed in master classes with Italo Tajo, Giorgio Tozzi, Nico Castel, Andrew White, and Shirlee Emmons.
Dr. Hines is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Northern Iowa. He has previously served on the music faculties of Cornerstone, Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan, Ball State and Pittsburg State Universities respectively. He is an active member of NATS and is a sought-after master class clinician and competition adjudicator. He has served as the U.S. representative on the international panel of jurors for the Boris T. Shtokolov International Vocal Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia since 2008. In addition to being recognized for his teaching through various vocal competition honors and awards, his students have been accepted into the finest universities and conservatories as well as chosen to participate in the prestigious Merola, Houston, Central City, Wolf Trap, Central City and Chautauqua Young Artist Programs.
In his pastime he enjoys golfing, swimming, gardening, woodworking, and traveling with his family. Dr. Hines resides in Cedar Falls with his wife and two children.