School of Music
Associate Professor, Voice/Tenor
- D. M. A., Vocal Performance, University of North Carolina Carolina at Greensboro
- Masters of Music, Northwestern School of Music
- Bachelor of Music, Northwestern School of Music
Tenor William Martin holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Dr. Martin did his undergraduate and master's work in voice at Northwestern University. He was the Grand Prize Winner in the Chicago area Bel Canto Foundation Competition, which afforded him the opportunity to study in Italy with the renowned Tito Gobbi. He augmented his vocal training and experience through apprenticeships with the Central City Opera and the Aspen Musical Festival. His American professional credits include leading roles with the Chicago Opera Theater, the Grant Park Symphony, the Milwaukee Opera Company, Light Opera Works of Evanston, the Ohio Light Opera Festival, and the Marriott Lincolnshire Dinner Theater.
Dr. Martin spent nine years working as an opera singer in Germany. He sang about 400 performances of leading tenor roles in theaters such as Mainz, Dortmund, Bremen, Muenster, Schwerin, Dessau, and the Semper Oper in Dresden. Some of the roles he especially enjoyed singing were Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Alfredo (La Traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Don Jose (Carmen), and Lohengrin.
Since returning to the United States, Dr. Martin has appeared often as a tenor soloist in a variety of venues. He has soloed with all the major Asheville performing organizations, including the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Asheville Symphony, and the Asheville Choral Society. Dr. Martin has been heard in two performances with the Blue Ridge Orchestra, highlighting music sung by Luciano Pavarotti. A DVD was produced of the second concert, "A Night at the Opera II," and is available through the Blue Ridge Orchestra's website. He has also appeared regionally in concerts in Augusta (GA) and Jackson (MS).
Dr. Martin currently serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. His teaching duties have included voice, opera workshop, diction, class voice, aural skills, class piano, and music appreciation. He serves the School of Music as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. He is a recipient of WCU's College of Fine and Performing Arts Teaching Award which recognizes excellence in teaching. In addition to his work at Western, Dr. Martin has given master classes in North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He has also served on the faculties of Bethel College in Mishawaka (IN), Daytona State College (FL), and Kent State University (OH). He makes his home in the mountains of Westen North Carolina with his wife, Cherry, and their daughter, Ariana, who serves in the United States Air Force.