UCSB alumnus Keith Colclough appointed Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Pepperdine University

Keith Colclough
Keith Colclough (courtesy photo)
UCSB alumnus Keith Colclough ‘15 was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Pepperdine University. Dr. Colclough’s duties include stage direction, musical preparation, repertoire selection, and casting for the Flora Thornton Opera Program’s annual production. He also coordinates and directs the vocal division of the Heidelberg Summer Music Program, which hosts roughly thirty Pepperdine students for two months every other summer in Heidelberg, Germany. While there, Dr. Colclough and his students tour Europe and present opera scenes, chamber music, and other classical repertoire. His additional duties at Pepperdine during the academic year include private vocal instruction and lyric diction.
Dr. Colclough received his Master of Music degree in Voice from UC Santa Barbara in 2013, followed by his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice in 2015. While at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Colclough worked closely with professors Paul Sahuc, Benjamin Brecher, Michel Marc Gervais, Dr. Stephanie Tcharos, and Dr. John Ballerino.

About Keith Colclough

Praised in Opera News for his "rich, authoritative" voice, bass-baritone Keith Colclough is equally at home as a performer and educator. He maintains an active performing career and has been a soloist with a number of arts organizations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Pacific Opera Project, LACMA Sundays Live, Salastina Society, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Dr. Colclough has been a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Opera Center, and Songfest. He was a studio artist at Opera Santa Barbara and a member of their improvisation-based outreach program, Opera Lab, improvising operas at elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura County. Past roles include Colline in La Bohème, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Significant concert-works include bass solos in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion. A former Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Dr. Colclough now serves on the voice faculty and directs the Flora Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University. He has also taught at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles.
Keith Colclough