Thomas Erik Angerhofer
Assistant Professor - Voice
Thomas Erik Angerhofer has been delighting audiences for over 3 decades, with performances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. His “powerful and sweet baritone” (Citizen-Times) and “compelling” (Daily Camera) are at home in a variety of genres. As an interpreter of new music, his portrayal of the Rancher in the environmental mystery Locust: The Opera led to performances at the International Orthopterists’ Society in Agadir, Morocco, and was presented in conjunction with the United Nations’ COP21 Council on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland. In the role of Sulpice, Opera Fort Collins’ production of The Daughter of the Regiment was awarded The American Prize in Opera. His portrayal of Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking was listed in the Top 10 Musical Performances of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News. Other favorite roles include Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme, Lancelot in Camelot, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks; in total, Erik has added over 50 operatic and musical theatre roles to his repertoire. He is a frequent soloist on the concert stage in concerts ranging from Bach to Lloyd Webber.
For the past 20 years, Erik has been dedicated to developing future generations of artist-educators. He has been mentored by leaders in voice science, including Donald Miller and Daniel Ihasz (VoceVista), and voice pedagogy, including W. Stephen Smith (The Naked Voice) and Cody Garner (University of North Texas). Erik is an alumnus of the prestigious NATS Intern Program (2017 @ The University of Toronto) and has continued to further his education through programs like The Singing Voice Science Workshop. His classical students have gone on to perform at places like Des Moines Metro Opera, Carnegie Hall, Atelier Lyrique, and with regional companies throughout the United States and Europe. They have also won prestigious awards, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition, and have gone on to pursue further training at institutions like The Julliard School, The Eastman School of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and The Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Studio. His musical theatre students have gone on to perform on Broadway and in National Tours in productions such as SIX The Musical, Hamilton, Hadestown, Waitress and West Side Story. Erik has also enjoyed working with national acts, local bands, and singer-songwriters.
Erik was awarded a DMA in Voice Performance and Pedagogy and an MM in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. Other post graduate studies include Opera Stage Direction from the University of Northern Colorado with Brian Luedloff and CU Boulder with William Gustafson. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Music from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Erik is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, Opera America, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has served as the Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at the University of North Alabama, Director of Vocal Studies at Xavier University, and had been on the voice faculties of Colorado State University, Ithaca College, MWSU, and Metropolitan State University, in addition to teaching voice at the University of Colorado Boulder, SUNY Fredonia, and the Denver School of the Arts.