Associate Professor
School of Music

Dr. Troy Castle has been recognized for his robust bass-baritone voice, the regional and national success of his voice students, and the quality of his original research. He has covered and performed leading stage roles, including Mr. Laurence in Little Women: The Broadway Musical, Capulet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. His major concert credits include featured solo performances in the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 9. He has collaborated with regional and university ensembles for concert performances that include excerpts from Falstaff, Don Pasquale, The Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, and Ragtime. His performance output also includes numerous collaborative and solo recitals encompassing a broad range of literature, and in 2011 he participated in a Lieder seminar and concert under the direction of world-renowned performer and pedagogue John O’Conor.

Dr. Castle was a finalist in the “Men in Opera” category of the 2019–20 American Prize competition, and was a 2018–19 finalist for the “Men in Oratorio/Art Song” category and the Chicago Oratorio Award of the same. In 2017, he was a finalist in the artist division of the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento vocal competition. He was twice a regional runner-up in the highly competitive National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Award competition (2010 & 2012). During his graduate and postgraduate studies, he was the Shenandoah Conservatory soloist competition winner and received the Grace Levinson and Richard Veale awards for his performances.

Named an “Emerging Leader” by NATS in 2020, Dr. Castle was also the co-recipient of the 2015 Shenandoah Conservatory “Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award” which recognizes exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship, and his research on the elite operatic baritone voice has been presented at the annual symposium of The Voice Foundation and at national and regional NATS conferences. He is a Level III certified instructor in Somatic Voicework™—The LoVetri Method and has completed post-certification training in pop/rock singing styles. In addition to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory, he also holds a master’s degree in voice performance and an undergraduate degree in church music.

Dr. Castle is an active member of NATS and the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), and his engagement with current trends in voice research and the emerging field of vocology informs his instruction. His students have enjoyed success in their performance endeavors, winning and placing in regional and national competitions, being accepted into competitive graduate programs, and performing in a variety of regional, national, and international venues.

A frequent adjudicator of voice competitions, Dr. Castle has also presented numerous masterclasses, workshops, and lectures, with a particular focus on the resonance strategies of the operatic baritone voice. He has served as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Millikin University since 2020 and continues to perform regularly in addition to his teaching and research pursuits. Having spent his formative years in Phoenix, AZ, he enjoys following Arizona’s professional sports teams in his free time. He currently resides in Decatur, IL, with his wife (Martha), their boys Seth, Ethan, Silas, and Elliott, and the family’s Siberian Husky (Phoenix).