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Former Professor and Director of the TSU Opera Workshop
A native of Huntsville, Texas, Ms. Oliphint attended TSU with dreams of becoming a teacher. But the allure of performing on the big stage, along with a requirement for university teachers to have performance experience, pushed her to futher her education in music. So she earned her master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University and later returned to TSU to lead the Opera Workshop. As director, Ms. Oliphint taught students who later gained entrance to Yale University and Julliard.
The operatic soprano worked all over the United States and Europe, including performances at the major opera houses of Germany, Fance, Switzerland and Italy. During the height of segregation in the United States, her likeness was featured on a postage stamp in Germany, where she studied and performed for nearly a decade. Ms. Oliphint is the recipient of numerous grants for study in Europe, including the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant and the Fulbright Fellowship for study in Germany and the G. Verdi Plaque from the Verdi Foundation. She has represented the State of Indiana’s opera houses and singers before the U.S. Senate Sub-committee hearings on the re-authorization of the Arts and Humanities act. A former professor at Grambling, Fisk and Indiana Universities, she is now professor emeriti of voice and opera at TSU. She shares her wealth of knowledge, 51 years of experience and wisdom through master classes in music.