Dean Southern has a diverse musical background as a singer, pianist and stage director. He has performed in opera, oratorio and recital throughout the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He regularly gives master classes at universities and conservatories in the US and abroad. Dr. Southern's students have been accepted to prestigious young artist programs and graduate schools and awarded the Fulbright grant, and they have gone on to successful careers as performers and voice teachers.


  • Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
  • MM in piano performance, University of Missouri 
  • MM in voice performance, University of Akron 
  • DMA in voice performance, Cleveland Institute of Music 
  • Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • 2012–present
  • La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy
    • Summer faculty, 2016–present
  • American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria
    • Summer faculty, 2004 to 2014
    • Taught voice and gave the Henry Pleasants Lecture Series on historic singers
  • University of Miami Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida
    • 2005–2006, 2008–2012
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
    • Immediate Past President of the Ohio Chapter