UCF Music Department
Thomas Potter

Thomas Potter

  • Director of Opera
  • Associate Professor

tpotter@ucf.edu
407 823 4680
Office Hours: by appointment
Campus Location: PACM113
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With an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, baritone Thomas Potter credits his years of performance experience on opera stages throughout much of Europe as well as in the USA as his most valuable training.

Thomas' operatic repertoire centered around roles such as: Renato in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Giorgio Germont in LA TRAVIATA, Conte di Luna in IL TROVATORE, MACBETH - title role, RIGOLETTO - title role, Baron Scarpia in TOSCA, Jochanaan in Strauss' SALOME, and Tonio in Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI.

One of the most substantial parts of his training consisted of four years in San Francisco (participating in the Merola, Western Opera Theater, and Adler Fellowship programs there). It was during this period that Thomas was a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in Philadelphia, and as such, was awarded the opportunity to sing alongside Mr. Pavarotti in the resulting production of Verdi’s opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. During his residence in San Francisco, he was honored to sing and rehearse with Mr. Pavarotti on two other occasions [Puccini's LA BOHÈME and Verdi's LA TRAVIATA].

Potter has sung leading roles in numerous International music festivals, including the Bregenzer (Austria) Festspiele [NABUCCO], the Ravenna (Italy) Music Festival [ATTILA], the Festival de Inverno - Campos do Jordão [William Walton's BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST] in Brazil, the La Biennale Festival [Ivan Vandor's APPARITIONS] in Venice, Italy, and the Spoleto Music Festival in both Italy and the USA venues [Philip Glass' opera HYDROGEN JUKEBOX]

A few of the opera companies with which Potter has performed include the Teatro Comunale 'Giuseppe Verdi' in Trieste, Italy [DON CARLO], Palm Beach Opera [SALOME, RIGOLETTO, & CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI], Nashville Opera [TURANDOT], Opera Cordoba (Spain) [TOSCA], Opera São Paulo (Brazil) [CARMEN & NABUCCO], Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, France [DON CARLO], Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany [ATTILA], Atlanta Opera [RIGOLETTO & UN BALLO IN MASCHERA], Utah Opera [SAMSON ET DALILA], Orlando Opera [MADAMA BUTTERFLY & IL TROVATORE], and Indianapolis Opera [LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, MACBETH, IL TROVATORE, SAMSON ET DALILA, TURANDOT, LA BOHÈME, THE CRUCIBLE, and FALSTAFF].

From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Potter was engaged by the Stadttheater St. Gallen in Switzerland, singing the roles of Scarpia in TOSCA, Jochanaan in SALOME, Alfio in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Ezio in ATTILA, Amonasro in AIDA, and Giorgio Germont in LA TRAVIATA, among others. Shortly following the birth of their son, Colton, Thomas and his wife, Kimberly, decided to return to live in the USA, and that’s when he started formally teaching. They finally moved to Orlando in 2005, where Thomas teaches undergraduate and graduate level voice, an International Phonetic Alphabet course, and directs the UCF Opera. Read more about his teaching philosophy and hear clips of his singing on his website at www.ThomasPotterOnline.com 

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2021.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81036 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp M 03:30 PM - 04:20 PM Available

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, Opera Workshop [MUO 3503L & MUO 5505L] for the Fall semester of 2020 will not be a performing ensemble, but rather an online course studying David Ostwald book “Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters”. As such, there are no auditions for entrance into the class for this semester. The course is open to any UCF student. Plans regarding the Spring 2021 semester will be announced when possible – probably not before late November, unless a vaccine is developed and distributed by then.

The course will meet once a week, via Zoom, from 3:30-4:20pm (EST) on Mondays throughout the semester...

81037 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Available

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, Opera Workshop [MUO 3503L & MUO 5505L] for the Fall semester of 2020 will not be a performing ensemble, but rather an online course studying David Ostwald book “Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters”. As such, there are no auditions for entrance into the class for this semester. The course is open to any UCF student. Plans regarding the Spring 2021 semester will be announced when possible – probably not before late November, unless a vaccine is developed and distributed by then.

The course will meet once a week, via Zoom, from 3:30-4:20pm (EST) on Mondays throughout the semester...

81222 MUS1250 Ipa for Singers Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Available

IPA for Singers is not restricted to music majors, but any non-music-majors wishing to take the course must contact Professor Potter no later than Thursday, August 27 to obtain the Prerequisite "C.I." (Consent of Instructor) for the course.

Due to the Covid-19 problem, IPA has been moved to an online format. There will be no full class meetings for the course (neither in person nor through Zoom). Much of the course requirements will be met through a series of modules set up within the class' Webcourse. Some assessments will be taken online as well - others will be arranged as Zoom meetings with the instructor.

The fundamental purpose of this course is developing a familiarity and proficiency with the pronunciation, enunciation and cadence of English, French, German and Italian, especially as pertains to the singing of art songs and arias, facilitated through a study of the International Phonetic Language (IPA), a system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language. The course will include the study of IPA symbols and the proper execution of their sounds. Assessment may consist of reading, written, and listening assignments, aural dictation, quizzes, and oral and written exams.

80588 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

80394 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

MVV 1873-0001 [“Secondary Voice Lessons” with Professor Potter] is not currently offered. Within the voice area, Bachelor of Arts in Music majors are generally encouraged to enroll in MVV 1411 for two semesters, rather than four semesters of these MVV 1873 [half-hour per week] lessons.

80591 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

80594 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

80801 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

80597 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

81011 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

80838 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51310 MUL2010 Enjoyment of Music Face to Face Instruction (P) B Available

This course is open to non-music majors only. It is designed for the music amateur; no prior music background is required. What is required of you is a desire to understand how music is put together and how it reflects the society and time from which it was produced. This course takes the position that although one cannot teach the enjoyment of music, per se, one's ability to enjoy music can be greatly enhanced by increased knowledge and understanding. The focus of the course is on listening to music through the ages, as well as on the terms, methodologies and historical perspectives which will increase your knowledge and understanding of music.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this course has been shifted into an online mode.
All assignments and assessments will be given through Webcourses @ UCF.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17004 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) F 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 

Our principal project for Spring 2020 is the performance of:

L'italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini

[The opera has already been cast.]

The above-mentioned opera will be sung in Italian, and will be featured as part of the "UCF Celebrates the Arts" Festival at the downtown Dr. Philips Center on April 17 and 19, 2020.

Students interested in auditioning for the course in the Fall 2020 semester should send an email to opera@ucf.edu for details. The course meets from 3-5pm on Mondays and Fridays.

17467 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) F 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 

Our principal project for Spring 2020 is the performance of:

L'italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini

[The opera has already been cast.]

The above-mentioned opera will be sung in Italian, and will be featured as part of the "UCF Celebrates the Arts" Festival at the downtown Dr. Philips Center on April 17 and 19, 2020.

Students interested in auditioning for the course in the Fall 2020 semester should send an email to opera@ucf.edu for details. The course meets from 3-5pm on Mondays and Fridays.

17148 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

16972 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

MVV 1873-0002 [“Secondary Voice Lessons” with Professor Potter] is not currently offered. Within the voice area, Bachelor of Arts in Music majors are generally encouraged to enroll in MVV 1411 for two semesters, rather than four semesters of these MVV 1873 [half-hour per week] lessons.

17152 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

17156 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

17370 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

17159 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

17162 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

17439 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89866 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) M 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Auditions
 for Fall 2019 will be held on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 2:00pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The course will meet on Mondays in Room M150 from 3-5pm and also in Studio 1 (Room 107 of the Theater Bldg.) on Fridays from 3-5pm.

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program - performed in November.

Auditions for the Spring 2020 opera will take place in October. Though students not enrolled in Opera Workshop for the fall semester may audition for Spring roles, preference may be given those who are - as they will be available to begin rehearsing the music during the fall semester.

89867 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) F 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Auditions
 for Fall 2019 will be held on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 2:00pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The course will meet on Mondays in Room M150 from 3-5pm and also in Studio 1 (Room 107 of the Theater Bldg.) on Fridays from 3-5pm.

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program - performed in November.

Auditions for the Spring 2020 opera will take place in October. Though students not enrolled in Opera Workshop for the fall semester may audition for Spring roles, preference may be given those who are - as they will be available to begin rehearsing the music during the fall semester.

90074 MUS1250 Ipa for Singers Face to Face Instruction (P) M,F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

IPA for Singers is not restricted to music majors, but any non-music-majors wishing to take the course must meet with Professor Potter no later than Tuesday, August 21 to obtain the Prerequisite "C.I." (Consent of Instructor) for the course.

IPA meets on Mondays and Fridays from 11:30-12:20 in Room M263 of the Performing Arts Center. The fundamental purpose of this course is developing a familiarity and proficiency with the pronunciation, enunciation and cadence of English, French, German and Italian, especially as pertains to the singing of art songs and arias, facilitated through a study of the International Phonetic Language (IPA), a system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language. The course will include in-class study and discussion of IPA symbols and the execution of their sounds. Assessment may consist of reading, written, and listening assignments, aural dictation, quizzes, and oral and written exams.

Attendance of class is required - there will be a daily quick quiz at the start of each class period.

89369 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

89158 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is not currently offered. In the voice area, Bachelor of Arts in Music majors are encouraged to enroll in MVV 1411 for two semesters, rather than four semesters of these MVV 1873 [half-hour per week] lessons.

89372 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

89375 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

89603 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

89378 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

93476 MVV4640 Voice Pedagogy Face to Face Instruction (P) W 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM Available

Voice Pedagogy: PR: Consent of Instructor. Vocal function, anatomy, and pedagogical methodology as applied to the voice teacher and performer.

A study of the technical aspects of singing, this course examines components that make up the singer's instrument.  Topics covered include the anatomy of the voice, the breathing mechanism, vocal resonance, the acoustics of singing, and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of singing.

This class is limited to an enrollment of 10 students. Interested students should email Professor Potter at tpotter@ucf.edu

89838 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

89646 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

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