Department of Music

Dr. Richard Novak

Dr. Richard Novak Richard Novak has established a national reputation as a professional tenor, voice teacher, opera director, and church musician. Dr. Novak has performed with Washington Concert Opera, Opera Carolina, San Antonio Opera, Annapolis Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, The Living Opera, Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., San Antonio Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Prince William Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, and the Institute of Culture in Culiacan and Mazatlan (Mexico).

Among Dr. Novak’s operatic credits are Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Don José, Nemorino, Eisenstein, Tamino, Lippo, Roméo, and Tybalt. Training programs include the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Program, Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program, the Wichita Grand Opera Resident Artist Program, the Wesley Balk Singing/Acting Institute, and the Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program (at the request of Evelyn Lear).

In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Novak won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Tulsa District). Dr. Novak holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. Richard is the Director of Music at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, TX, and teaches the ‘School of Logic’ choir elective at SPP Catholic School. In addition, Dr. Novak teaches voice at the University of the Incarnate Word. Prior to teaching at UIW, Dr. Novak taught at Trinity University, George Mason University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Richard’s favorite role is as husband and father. He resides in New Braunfels with his wife and two children, and has another baby boy due in March.


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