Andrew Whitfield

Andrew Whitfield portrait
Professor of Music
Coordinator of Opera

Office: Sabbatical

Phone: 563-387-1764



Education: D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University; M.M., Vocal Performance, Wichita State University; B.M., Vocal Performance, Butler University

Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew was a resident artist with Portland Opera Works and toured with outreach programs for Opera Kansas and Opera Birmingham. Other performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. He has been a featured soloist in the¬†Brahms Requiem¬†(Grinnell College) and in Haydn’s¬†Lord Nelson Mass¬†(with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN.) He performed as the baritone soloist in the world premier of Mohammed Fairouz’s¬†Anything Can Happen¬†with the Grinnell College Singers at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. Along with his colleague Jessica Paul, he has presented Schubert’s¬†Winterreise¬†numerous times in Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce‚Äôs¬†Three Iowa Ballads, released on the Innova label, has received notable praise. Recent appearances include performances of Handel’s¬†Messiah¬†and the children’s opera¬†Owl at Home,¬†as well as chamber music recitals at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, MN and as part the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, WA.

Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Opera at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he teaches applied voice and opera workshop. He is also a founder and director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice, and composition in Duino, Italy.

To see and hear excerpts of Andrew’s performances, please visit¬†his YouTube channel.

MUS 130, 230, 330, 430 Applied Music- Voice

For music majors in varied years of study. Non-majors and music majors in their secondary areas may register for these courses with consent of instructor. Studio seminars may be required. Additional fees will be assessed for these courses.

MUS 362 Opera Workshop: Scenes

The study, rehearsal and staging of operatic repertoire (such as arias, scenes or one-act operas) through public performance and/or in-class assignments. Credit is dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit.

MUS 363 Opera Workshop: Production

The study, rehearsal and performance of a music faculty directed opera. Credit dependent on role(s) and other duties assigned. This course may be repeated for credit.

MUED 386 Vocal Pedagogy and Methods

Students learn physiology and pedagogy of the developing voice. Included in the curricula are planning, assessment, literature, music literacy, and grading. Students teach private and in-class voice lessons to secondary students.

  • D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 2001-2004
    Minor Area: Music History
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Wichita State University, 1997-2000
  • B.M., Vocal Performance,¬†cum laude, Butler University, 1993-1997