Dr. Roberto Mancusi is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he has taught since 2008. Prior to his arrival in Tennessee, he was an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, New Mexico) and an adjunct professor at Avila College (Kansas City, Missouri), Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas), and Graceland College (Lamoni, Iowa).
As a singer, Dr. Mancusi has performed across the country and in England. He has performed in over 20 different operas and musicals ranging from Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Falstaff (Falstaff) to Prologus/Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). On the concert stage, Dr. Mancusi has been heard as the bass soloist in such works as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, and Mendelssohn's Elijah, among others. Most recently, Dr. Mancusi made his international debut in concert at London's prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.
Dr. Mancusi is, also, an accomplished clinician, adjudicator and author. He has given numerous master classes for singers of all levels, throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest. He has served as an adjudicator for district and regional auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New Mexico All-State auditions, as well as a number of local and regional talent competitions. As an author, Dr. Mancusi's first textbook, Voice for Non-Majors, was published in 2008 by Pearson/Prentice Hall and is in use around the world. His most recent publication, an article entitled "Reflections on a Cyber-Recital" was published online as a featured article as part of the Classical Singer Magazine website. In December 2014, Dr. Mancusi's article about the British composer, F L Dunkin Wedd, appeared in the print version of Classical Singer Magazine.
Dr. Mancusi holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) where he studied with Dr. Wayne Crannell. He holds both a Master of Music in Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City- Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. Anne Delaunay. While at the Conservatory, Dr. Mancusi received numerous performance scholarships and was given one of only two teaching assistantships in voice.
At the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dr. Mancusi's teaching responsibilities include: applied lessons, Aural Skills I & II, Voice Class, Voice Science & Pedagogy, Vocal Literature II, Beginning Choral Techniques & Conducting, directing the Lyric Opera Theater, Masterpieces of Music, Music In Our Time, and Freshman Studies. Teaching awards include being listed in the 11th edition of Who's Who Among American Teachers. In 2010, Dr. Mancusi was awarded one of the UTM College of Humanities and Fine Arts- Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards and was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi (National Academic Honor Society). He is also a member of: the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society).