Mezzo-soprano Lori Bade, Nell S. & Boyd H. McMullan Distinguished Professor of Music in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts began teaching at the LSU School of Music in 1993. In 2007, Dr. Bade received the LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and research and/or service. In addition, she has twice received the “Tiger Excellence in Teaching Award” by Louisiana State University. As a performing artist, Lori Bade brings a history of great successes from throughout the South, Southwest, Washington state and Europe. She has achieved critical acclaim for her “fine voice, well produced with even tone and vibrato…” as well as “pure vocal beauty, who has a resplendent, coppery instrument whose ripe ‘Earth Mother’ low register has no hint of growly chest tones.” Lori Bade has performed leading roles with numerous opera companies and, as mezzo soprano soloist, sung major concert works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Duruflé, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Rutter, Tippett and Vaughan Williams.
Dr. Bade’s voice students have won at the District, Regional, and National Metropolitan Opera competitions; at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions (state and regional levels); have held professional singing engagements and/or been placed in multiple apprentice programs including but not limited to the Merola Program with San Francisco Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Minnesota Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Glimmerglass. Dr. Bade holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University, and the Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Church Music from Texas Lutheran University.