Jeffrey Hess


Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music and Music - Vocal

Tenor Jeffrey Hess is musically active in the Twin Cities community and across the Midwest, both as a performer and an educator. He has sung with the Minnesota Opera, appearing in productions of Lucrezia Borgia, Die Zauberflöte, and in the American premiere of Orazi e Curiazi. Along with solo performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Drake University, University of Minnesota Bach Festival, Paramount Arts Center in St. Cloud, and the Minnesota Center Chorale, previous opera appearances include roles as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, and the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In May 2008, Dr. Hess sang the cantor part for the European premiere of the Stephen Paulus holocaust memorial oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, a role he has reprised several times since. He served as tenor section leader with both Unity Church―Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Minnesota Chorale for fourteen years, and has taught music at all grade levels, from elementary to college, in the Midwest and in Europe. He is currently on the music faculty at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, and at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Hess received a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, where he also earned his DMA in Vocal Performance in the studio of Glenda Maurice.


DMA in Vocal Performance, University of Minnesota; MM in Vocal Performance, University of Minnesota; BA in Music and Applied Music, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay

Areas of Expertise


Courses Taught


MUS-129 (Voice Class), MUS-248 (Voice), and MUS-348 (Voice)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-248Voice142015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-348Voice142015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-129Voice Class72015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA