The Professional Portfolio of Anthony Offerle

The professional portfolio of Anthony Offerle


Description of teaching duties

My teaching responsibilities each semester include: teaching Applied Studio Voice lessons to undergraduate and graduate voice majors; teaching the Opera Workshop class; and directing/producing the Opera Theatre and Opera Outreach productions. These responsibilities further include serving as the musical director and orchestra conductor/ensemble recruiter for the fall musical theatre productions in the School of Theatre and Dance. In addition, I have taught Projects and Problems (Independent Study) courses and supervise numerous undergraduate and graduate recitals.

In a normal semester, I have ten private students in my studio ranging in development from incoming freshmen to second-year master of music candidates. This allows great variety in assigning performance literature and engaging weekly studio classes. Students have these group sessions are in addition to their private individual one-hour lessons. Normally, students will have between 14 and 16 lessons each grading period and approximately the same number of group studio classes. A student who is working on a recital or large opera role receives additional lessons in preparation for that event.

The Opera Theatre Workshop and Opera Outreach meet between two and six times per week depending upon the rehearsal schedule and each class lasts from two to four hours.

An opera workshop class which is not actively in rehearsal for an upcoming public performance meets twice during the week for two hours and is dedicated to opera scenes study, sessions on movement and acting, and the presentation of related subjects such as technical terminology and performance practices. A pre-production opera rehearsal generally lasts three to four hours with performers being called at individual times. This practice allows students to be in the theatre only when needed on stage and therefore optimizes their time for individual studio practice and other course assignments. Production duties include stage directing, producing, musical preparation, choreography, and coordinating all aspects of the production from set building to publicity. Opera Outreach performers meet at additional class periods to rehearse the scenes they take into the schools and to special community events.

The musical direction and the conducting and recruiting of the orchestra for the fall semester School of Theatre and Dance productions are another part of my faculty duties. These duties involve rehearsals five nights per week and two weeks of nightly dress rehearsals and performances. Individual coaching sessions with the principal characters and rehearsals with the full cast for the ensemble numbers are also required. The orchestra is assembled through my recruiting and the recommendations of individual instrumental faculty. This group practices several times throughout the semester and then begins nightly rehearsals a week prior to the first full orchestra rehearsal with the cast.

I have served as chair on a number of graduate and undergraduate panels and also as a mentor to students engaged in special projects. One such project was collaboration between the Composition and Theory areas and the Opera Theatre Workshop. The focus of this undergraduate honors project was the creation of a new opera written specifically for members of the University of Florida Opera Outreach program. This not only benefitted the student engaged in the composing the piece but allowed seven of our graduate and undergraduate performers the unique experience of having an opera written specifically for them and their particular strengths as a singer.