Baritone Allen Henderson is Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University where he teaches voice and diction. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Carson Newman College, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where his minor was in Arts Administration and he won the prestigious Corbett-Treigle Opera Competition. As baritone soloist, Henderson has appeared in concert, opera, and oratorio with the Knoxville Opera; Fort Worth Opera; Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Tennessee Opera Theatre; Knoxville Symphony; Nashville Symphony; Oak Ridge Symphony; Southern Georgia Symphony; Bach Aria Festival in Stony Brook, N.Y.; Chautauqua Institution; and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, in Wisconsin. He appeared at Lincoln Center as Allazim in the CCM production of Zaïde for the Mozart bicentennial and at the Ravinia Festival as part of the Steans Institute Concert Series. Henderson has performed premieres of works by John Rutter, Nancy Hill Cobb, Mark Schwiezer, Richard Shepherd, and Jeffrey Wood.
A district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, Henderson won the 1995 National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Awards and since has appeared throughout the U.S. in recitals under the auspices of the NFMC. His other awards include: Second Prize in the McCammon Opera Competition of the Fort Worth Opera; Second Prize in the Miami Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition; Second Prize in the Opera Guild of San Antonio Opera Talent Search; winner of the vocal division of the Hemphill-Wells Sorantin Awards for Young Artists in San Angelo, Texas; and winner of numerous NATS auditions. He has presented recitals and master classes at universities nationwide.
As director of opera at Austin Peay State University, where he taught from 1994-2005, Henderson produced full productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, Trial By Jury, and Game of Chance. In 2004, he directed the premier of A Perfect Plan by composer Seymour Barab with the composer in attendance. He has also created roles and directed premieres of the chamber operas St. Nicholas and Good King Wenceslas by Richard Shepherd and Mark Schweizer and directed the premier of Diaries by Jeffrey Wood. Henderson can be heard on the recordings of both of the chamber operas by Schweizer and Shepherd issued by St. James Press, on Aeolian Records’ Dimensions, and on his world premier recording with guitarist Stanley Yates, Shadows, featuring works by John Rutter, Michael Fink, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.