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Contact
melvin.foster@morehouse.edu
(470) 639-0699
Office Location
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Office Hours
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Our Faculty

Creative & Performing Arts Faculty

Melvin Foster, DMA

Associate Professor, Associate Provost for Student Success
Dr. Melvin Foster is an Associate Professor of Voice and Associate Provost for Student Success at Morehouse College.

With a student to faculty ratio at 15:1, men of Morehouse know they won’t be lost in a large classroom setting and benefit from close working relationships with faculty throughout their time at Morehouse College. 

Our faculty community values the important work of higher education, the creativity of innovative problem solving of our interdisciplinary curriculum, and the unique perspectives each member brings. 

Education

Additional Information

Foster has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was under the tutelage of Elizabeth Mannion.

In the 24 years that Foster has taught at Morehouse, he has enjoyed rewarding performances and teaching experiences. Endeavoring to create more roles for African American operatic tenors, he has premiered more than ten roles and solos for the Americolor Opera Alliance, a performing arts organization for which he is the Artistic Director. Along with being interested in the lost art of intimate operatic singing, most recently, Foster has become interested in the vital role that the Arts play in sustaining culture. 

Highlights of his performances have been with the Americolor Opera Alliance in the role of Ellington Dupont in the The Bridge (premiere), Johnnie Washington in Carmen J (premiere), as Alonzo Herndon in The Herndons, as Missouri in The Great Divide (premiere), as Melchior in 3Kings and a Prince, and as Ransom in Madame CJ (premiere). 

As Associate Professor of Voice at Morehouse College, Foster gives a number of performances and master classes annually.