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Alumnus Named Chair of Voice Department at SMU

Clinton Forbis, a world-renowned operatic tenor and Belmont School of Music graduate, has been appointed chair of the voice department in the Division of Music at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.

“Clifton Forbis has an international reputation in the opera field, and we are thrilled to have someone of his caliber and accomplishments as our new head of voice,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School.

A dramatic tenor, Forbis is internationally known as a performer of some of the most demanding tenor repertoire in opera.

Forbis attended William Jewell College in Missouri and earned his B.A. in vocal performance from Belmont. He later attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and then transferred to SMU to complete his Master of Music degree in vocal performance in 1990. Two years later he completed the post-graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music Opera Center in New York.

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