Dr. Roberto Mancusi is a 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). He was also 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 as well as in England and New Zealand. He has performed in many 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. He has appeared with numerous symphonies including the Southwest Symphony, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, and the Jackson Symphony and has worked with many notable conductors, among them: David Effron, Robert Larsen, Eph Ehly, Andy Anderson, Charles Bruffy, and Daniel Dominick. In May 2018 will make his debut with the Savannah Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Peter Shannon. Also in May 2018, Dr. Mancusi will embark on a concert tour of England with his concert program The Big Sing Theory.
Dr. Mancusi is 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, West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Festivals 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 publications were a pair of articles for 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 also 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 University of Tennessee at Martin, Dr. Mancusi's teaching responsibilities have included: 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; receiving one of the UTM College of Humanities and Fine Arts- Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards (2010); and being inducted in Phi Kappa Phi (National Academic Honor Society). He is also a member of: the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society).