Assistant Professor Richard Novak has taught voice at Trinity University, George Mason University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Angelina College, and University of the Incarnate Word. He has performed with the Washington Concert Opera, Opera Carolina, San Antonio Opera, Opera Piccola, Annapolis Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, The Living Opera, Wagner Society of Washington, San Antonio Symphony, Opera Piccola, San Antonio Chamber Choir, San Antonio Choral Society, Chautauqua Symphony, Prince William Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, the Conservatorio di Musica Agostino Steffani in Castelfranco Veneto (Italy), and the Institute of Culture in Culiacán and Mazatlán (Mexico). Recent performances include soloist in the world premiere of Kevin Salfen’s Birding Super Flumina Babylonis, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the San Antonio Choral Society, the tenor soloist in Richard Danielpour’s An American Requiem at Stephen F. Austin State University, and the tenor soloist in Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez with the San Antonio Choral Society. In 2005 and 2006, he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Tulsa District). He is also a former 1st Place winner of the Texoma NATS ‘Singer of the Year’ award.
Dr. Novak holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the DMA in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. Training programs included the Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Wesley Balk Singing/Acting Institute, and the Evelyn Lear/Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers (at the request of Evelyn Lear). He serves as Director of Music at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels.