School of Music


Ricardo Sepulveda-Rodriguez

Mr. Ricardo Sepúlveda-Rodriguez
Office Location: Browne Hall 218
Title: Assistant Professor, Voice
Courses: Applied Voice; Vocal Tech; Opera Workshop; Vocal Literature and Pedagogy

Baritone and vocologist, Ricardo Sepúlveda holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and from the University of Illinois, where he is a candidate for the doctorate in musical arts with a cognate area in the science of the singing voice. Additionally, he is a graduate from the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, and completed Level One of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method at the Chicago Institute for Voice Care.

Mr. Sepúlveda joins the community of Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera. He comes to WIU after seven years in the faculty of Millikin University, where he taught applied voice, foreign language diction, pedagogy, and most recently, directed the MU Opera Theatre.

The baritone recently appeared as a soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, and as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen with Muddy River Opera Company. He has performed with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Concerto Urbano, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony, Puerto Rico Opera, International Vocal Arts Institute, and New Jersey Opera, Puerto Rico Lyric Company, Festival de la Orquesta Juvenil de las Américas, Puerto Rico Opera Theatre, and Lyric Theatre at Illinois. Other credits include Weill's Das Berliner Requiem, Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Polyphemus in Händel's Acis and Galatea, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Marcello in Puccini's La bohème, and Émile de Becque in South Pacific.

While completing studies in his native Puerto Rico, Mr. Sepúlveda was active in the theatre scene. Most notably, he performed roles in plays by Federico García Lorca and Myrna Casas at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center. A lover of concert repertoire and choral literature, he is a former member of the 'Orfeón San Juan Bautista', and is featured on its first commercial recording 'Puerto Rico a Capella' (2001).

Ricardo is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Somatic Voicework™ Teachers Association, The Voice Foundation, the National Opera Association, and the Pan-American Vocology Association.