Music Program

Mark R. Calkins

Director of Music
Assistant Professor of Music, Voice

At Berea College since 2009

Contact Information:

Presser Hall, #230 & #305
Phone: (859) 985-3462
Fax: (859) 985-3994
CPO 2194

Office Hours, Spring 2016:

MTWRF: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class Schedule:

  • MUS 103 (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm)
  • MUS 130C (Mon/Wed/Fri: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
  • MUS 342V (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)
  • Private Applied Voice Lessons as Scheduled


  • B.M. K-12 Music Education, Concordia College , 1983
  • M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy , University of Colorado, 1987

Honors and Awards

  • National Scholars Honor Society, 2007
  • 2009 Thursday Musical Teacher of the Year
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • Recipient of the Ted & Roberta Mann and Berneking Fellowships from the University of Minnesota where he is near completion of his DMA.
  • Ensemble Artist, Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Chicago, IL, 1988-90


  • MUA 105-400: Applied Lessons in Voice
  • MUS 103 : Class Voice
  • MUS 118A & B : Fundamentals of Music
  • MUS 130C : Women’s Choir
  • MUS 143 / THR 143: Performing for the Lyric Stage, (short term)


Via SoundCloud:

Waft her, angels, through the skies, G. F. Handel:

Die Schnur, die Perl’ an Perle, op. 57 J. Brahms:

Bleuet F. Poulenc:

Malinconia, ninfa gentile, Bellini:

Ecco ridente in cielo, Rossini, w/ Orchestra:


  • American Guild of Musical Artists
  • Actors Equity and Canadian Equity
  • NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)
  • Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Iota Chapter, 1980
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, 1985
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2007


Mark Calkins, 2009 Thursday Musical “Teacher of the Year”, has appeared in leading roles with opera companies throughout North America and Europe. He has performed Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, The Prince in La Cenerentola, The Count in Le Comte Ory and Oreste in Ermione to critical acclaim in Opera houses such as: Opera De Nantes, France; Dublin Grand Opera, Ireland; Cologne Opera, Germany; The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Birmingham Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Castleward Opera, Northern Ireland; Kentucky Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Toledo Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Mobile Opera, Central City Opera and Dayton Opera. A former member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s young artist development program, the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Mark was featured as Cassio in Otello on an A&E nationwide production of Spotlight Colorado and starred in a National PBS Television broadcast and World Premiere of Robert Greenleafs’ Under the Arbor, available on DVD. Concert engagements include appearances in Europe’s Music festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Villach, Austria; Merano, Italy and Bremen, Germany with Roger Norrington conducting the London Classical Players in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. He has appeared throughout the U.S. in Broadway touring productions of Phantom of the Opera. Assistant Professor Calkins joined the faculty of Berea College, Berea, KY in 2009. His recent collegiate students include many statewide Kentucky and Minnesota NATS competition winners, 2009 Thursday Musical competition and 2009 MTNA winners, perform leading roles in the college operas/shows, soloists and section leaders in the college choirs. Some of his students have been awarded Graduate Assistantships in prominent programs such as the University of Kentucky, Lexington, I.U. Bloomington, SIU Carbondale and Denver University. Mark maintains a private studio of young professional singers and teaches master classes in performance at the pre-professional level across the country and in Italy. Recent performances include: presenting a Recital and Master Class in July 2011 for the Ky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nadir in Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles with FM Opera, Camille in the Operafestival di Roma production of La vedova allegra (The Merry Widow, Lehar) in Rome, Italy, Count Almaviva in productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Acadiana Orchestra, Louisiana and Opera Fort Collins, Colorado, Don Ottavio in Rome, Italy in the Operafestival di Roma production of Don Giovanni. In January of 2009 Mark and his wife, Cynthia Lawrence, appeared in recital at the 4th International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 2010 professor Calkins served as KY NATS Auditions Coordinator and 2011 Mid-South NATS Regional Coordinator. He also teaches voice at the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre.

Mark was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, he is a recipient of the Ted & Roberta Mann and Berneking Fellowships from the University of Minnesota where he is near completion of his DMA.


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