June 9, 2011
Writer: Writer: Kim Summers

Seasoned concert performer Stanford Olsen is now a faculty member at Brigham Young University-Idaho - at least temporarily. He is the first to take part in a new pilot program that invites professors from universities around the country to teach during the spring term.

A professor of voice at Florida State University, Stanford has performed over 150 times with New York's Metropolitan Opera and taught young singers at The Santa Fe Opera, St. Louis Opera Theatre, The Eastman School, Tanglewood, New England Conservatory, and The Manhattan School of Music.

"I enjoy close interaction with the students and collaboration with the other professors," said Olsen, who currently teaches private lessons for 12 students and an introduction to classical singing in Italian and English. He is also co-teaching an opera workshop to help students write, direct and produce scenes from their favorite operas.

The new program will hopefully be implemented into various departments at BYU-Idaho. Over time the Department of Music wants to increase the amount of visiting professors who teach as visiting instructors.

Olsen hopes his experience in this new program will influence professors from around the country to bring their skills and abilities to BYU-Idaho so students can succeed.