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Assistant Director of Assessment

Professor, Voice

  • D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University (2006)
  • M.M., Opera Performance, Binghamton University (1994)
  • B.M., Music History, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1991)
Scott LaGraff, Professor of Voice, is a graduate of the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Training Program in Binghamton, New York, where he sang the title roles in Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, The Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Capulet in Roméo et Juliette—among others—and was a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. He has appeared multiple times with Opera East Texas in such roles as Schaunard in La bohème and Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore, and has also sung roles with the Syracuse, Tulsa, Pensacola, and Westchester Hudson opera companies.

A selected list of his concert engagements includes his recent appearance as the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (with whom he will also sing Beethoven 9 in April 2018) as well as performances of the Fauré Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Syracuse Symphony, the Dvořak Te Deum with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Canterbury Choral Society in Oklahoma City, the Bruckner Te Deum at Carnegie Hall, and solo appearances with the Longview Symphony, the Ocean City Pops, the Binghamton Pops, the Orchestra of the Pines, and the Syracuse Oratorio Society.

Dr. LaGraff is an advocate of contemporary American song, and his first CD—Songs by Stephen Lias, Michael Patterson and Lee Hoiby—was released by Centaur Records in 2009. A second CD, entitled Incline Thine Ear and Other Sacred Songs, is due out in 2017, also with Centaur. In addition to being the first to record several of Lee Hoiby’s pieces, he also gave the first performances of Hoiby’s Chants d’Exil and the solo arrangement of “Last Letter Home,” and commissioned and premiered Stephen Lias’s Songs of a Sourdough.

Dr. LaGraff’s students have sung with professional opera companies and young artist programs, in international and domestic summer programs, gained admission to prestigious graduate schools, and are successful music teachers in Texas schools.

The Athens, Ohio, native received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Stephen F. Austin in 2004, he held teaching positions at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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