Christopher Goeke, Professor of Music holds both the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa. At Southeast he teaches voice, vocal literature, aural skills and is active in directing and coordinating technical elements for operatic productions, and serves as vocal director for the annual Big Band Holiday Jukebox, a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.
Recently the tenor has appeared with the Southern Illinois Music Festival as Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Rudolphe in Guillaume Tell, and supporting roles in Strauss’ Salome. He has also performed with Central City Opera in Colorado, the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Westchester Opera in New York, the Light Opera of Manhattan, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, New York Choral Artists, Santa Fe Desert Choral, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Muddy River Opera (IL), and the Bach Society of St. Louis. Additional operatic roles include Almaviva in Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette, Spoletta in Tosca, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Alfred and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. He has appeared as tenor soloist in oratorio works by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and Haydn.
Goeke is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) where he has been a member of the Central Region executive team. He enjoys presenting recitals with a wide range of literature including traditional art songs and song cycles in German, French, Italian and English, and contemporary literature including many works by Benjamin Britten and songs of the Broadway stage. Goeke has also been active in incorporating technology into opera and concert using supertitles and projected images to help convey these compelling stories.