Thomas Erik Angerhofer has received critical acclaim for his “powerful and sweet baritone” (Citizen-Times) and “compelling” (Daily Camera) performances. His versatility as a singing actor has made him in demand both on the stage and in the concert hall. Erik's operatic repertoire ranges from modern masterpieces, such as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally's Dead Man Walking, to classics such as Marcello in La Boheme. Recent performances include Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Fort Collins. As a crossover artist, Erik has excelled in Musical Theater roles such as Wolf / Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods at the Brevard Music Festival and El Gallo in The Fantasticks at the Western Playhouse. Concert engagements have taken him as far as Beirut, Lebanon, where he sang the part of Jesus in Bach's St. John Passon, which he has also performed with the Boulder Bach Festival. He has been heard as a soloist with major orchestras and festivals throughout the country in masterworks such as Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in addition to popular Pops concerts.
Ease, efficiency, and effectiveness of communication are the primary goals of Erik's teaching. In the summer of 2017, Erik was selected to participate in the prestigious NATS Summer Intern Program hosted at the University of Toronto. There he was mentored directly by acclaimed pedagogue W. Stephen Smith, and had the opportunity to learn from other master teachers, such as Kenneth Bozeman, Mary Barton-Saunders, Peggy Baroody, as well as distinguished coach and collaborative pianist Warren Jones. In the previous summer, he was a participant in the Singing Voice Science Workshop at Montclair State University, where he worked with Donald Miller, creator of VoceVista, Richard Lissemore, and Christian Herbst, among others. A lifelong learner, Erik is committed to furthering his own development in order to better serve his students.
Erik graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied Voice and Music Education. He received the Anderson Fellowship and the Barbara Doscher Scholarship, among others, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received an MM in Voice Performance and DMA in Voice Performance and Pedagogy (ABD). Erik has instructed at SUNY Fredonia, CU Boulder, and the University of Northern Colorado, where his teaching duties included studio and class voice, opera workshop, and directing / producing opera scenes. Areas of research include Power Posture Applications for Singers and Attaining Flow State Experience in Performance. Erik has presented his signature workshops, “From Bel Canto to Can Belto: Functional Singing for the Stage” and “Performing from the Core: Internal Discipline for Singers” at universities, summer intensives, and programs throughout the country, including the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theater Festival at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Erik taught studio voice at the Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2006-2014, and at Missouri Western State University from 2014-2015, where he also served as the Musical Director for the Musical Theater program. Many of his students have won top awards at NATS and other competitions, scholarships and awards to top universities, and are now successful professional musicians.