Eric Wilcox, tenor, presently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at Jacksonville State University. Mr. Wilcox is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at the University of Alabama, holds a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Jacksonville State University. His musical training includes the realization of many iconic operatic roles, including Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Ferrando (Così fan Tutte), and Camille de Rossignol (The Merry Widow). Mr. Wilcox performed as a young apprentice in Opera Southwest’s New-World premiere of Amleto by Franco Faccio, covering Player King and Herald’s roles. He collaborated as a community liaison for the OS community outreach program, educating the community on opera through combined lectures and performance.
Well-versed in art song repertoire and oratorio, Mr. Wilcox performs as a recitalist and tenor soloist in his local community. Some of his oratorio endeavors include Handel’s Messiah, Randall Thompson’s Nativity (Gabriel), Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Schubert’s Mass in G Major. Mr. Wilcox’s primary teachers include Dr. Paul Houghtaling, Leslie Umphrey, Dr. Ginger Beazley, Dr. Richard Armstrong, and Dr. Nathan Wight. He has been privileged to have been coached by Dr. Kristin Ditlow, Virginia Zeani, Stephen King, Melanie Sonnenberg, Suzanne Mentzer, Scott Piper, Roy Cornelius Smith, among others.
Mr. Wilcox has also served as a voice instructor for Talladega College, The New Mexico School of Music, The University of New Mexico, Ars Nova School for the Arts, and The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. His vocal artistry has been recognized by placing first in his category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) state and regional vocal competitions, as the first-prize winner of the Richard Armstrong Vocal Scholarship Competition in 2012 and being awarded the University of New Mexico’s teaching assistantship in voice for the 2013-2015 academic years.