Wayne Sanders

Undergraduate Discipline


BM, Roosevelt University. Voice teacher, coach, and pianist; collaborated and performed with Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, Florence Quivar, and the late William Warfield; consultant to the Houston Grand Opera, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), and Munich’s Münchener Biennale; provided musical direction for presentations ranging from an all-star tribute to Marian Anderson at Aaron Davis Hall (New York) to Porgy and Bess in Helsinki and Savonlinna, Moscow, and Tallinn. Co-founder of Opera Ebony, a historic African American opera company based in New York; participated in touring performances of Opera Ebony’s acclaimed Black Heritage concert series and served as its conductor over the course of its international run in Canada, Iceland, and Switzerland. SLC, 1996–

Current undergraduate courses

So This Is Opera?

This course is an introduction to opera through an opera workshop experience that explores combining drama and music to create a story. Open to students in the performing arts (music, dance and theatre), as well as in the College community at large. Weekly class attendance is mandatory.

Related Cross-Discipline Paths

Studio Class

The Studio Class is a beginning course in basic vocal technique. Each student’s vocal needs are met within the structure and content of the class.


Previous courses

Seminar in Vocal Performance


Voice students will gain performance experience by singing repertoire selected in cooperation with the studio instructors. Students will become acquainted with a broader vocal literature perspective by singing in several languages and exploring several historical music periods. Interpretation, diction, and stage deportment will be stressed.