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Department of Music

Dennis Bassett, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Voice

Department of Music, Box 4029
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-5893


Dr. Dennis Bassett

D. M. A. Ohio State University, Vocal Performance
M.A. Ohio State University, Vocal Pedagogy
B.M.E. Winthrop University, Music Education 


Dr. Dennis Bassett is originally from South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He began his educational career by teaching general music and middle school chorus in the public school system for four years in Clover, South Carolina. He later moved to Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University. His vocal teachers include bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter, tenor Jerry Helton, and tenor Patrick Woliver.

Dr. Bassett has been a soloist for numerous churches and oratorio performances in South Carolina and Ohio singing Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, etc. He has most recently been a tenor soloist at Ohio Wesleyan University’s performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. He has performed various operatic roles in the central Ohio area in L'incoronazione di Poppea, The Merry Widow, Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, and The Pirates of Penzance. Additionally, he has performed with Opera Columbus in many operas such as La Boheme, La Traviata, Il Pagliacci, Turandot, Les Pecheurs de Perles, etc. He has been involved in Opera Columbus’ Opera and Educational Outreach Program for over five years.

Dr. Bassett has also performed in various master classes, most notably with the late Richard Miller, renowned pedagogue. In 2009, Dr. Bassett performed the world premiere of contemporary composer John David Earnest’s song cycle, War Dreams, set to the poetry of award winning poet, Robert Bode. Recently, he has given recitals performing organ and voice repertoire by Wolf, Rossini, Sowerby and Puccini throughout the Midwest, and continues to explore works in this genre. Along with contemporary and organ/voice compositions, his interests lie in German lieder, particularly the works of Robert Schumann.

Before becoming Assistant Professor of Voice at Emporia State University, Dr. Bassett served as Interim Assistant Professor of Voice at Central Michigan University and Lecturer of Applied Voice at The Ohio State University. He currently resides in Emporia, KS.