Dean Southern, baritone, teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
He regularly gives master classes at universities and conservatories in the US and abroad, including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China), the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm (Sweden), the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Valencia (Spain), and the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan). His 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.
He has been a frequent contributor to Classical Singer magazine, including his “Distant Voices” column, the articles “Practicing 101: Ten Tips for Making the Most of Your Time between Lessons,” “Practicing with your Mouth Shut,” the three-part series “Distant Voices: Listening to Singers of the Past,” and his interview with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig. He presents “Distant Voices: Listening to Singers of the Past”—a multimedia guided tour through the first half-century of recorded vocal history—at colleges, universities, and arts organizations across the country.
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.
After graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he earned master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri and in voice performance from the University of Akron. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Additional training includes the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program and master classes with artists such as Evelyn Lear, Nico Castel, Sir Jonathan Miller, Warren Jones, and John Wustman.
He currently serves as president of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).