Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia
John Hines is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Division Chair at the University of Northern Iowa. At UNI, Dr. Hines teaches applied voice as well as courses in foreign language diction and vocal literature. As a performing artist, Hines is revered by Russian audiences as “The American Chaliapin” (Oreol-TV, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) for his deep bass voice and compelling interpretation of beloved Russian romances and operatic arias. Hines has performed to great acclaim in most of the palaces and concert halls of Saint-Petersburg, Russia and the outlying Leningrad region. In cooperation with the A.I. Herzen Pedagogical University in Saint-Petersburg, Hines has performed recitals and master-classes at the university and served as the US delegate on the jury for the inaugural B. T. Shtokolov International Vocal Competition in 2008. In 2009 Hines performed Franz Schubert’s epic song-cycle Winterreise
in the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Capella—the only artist to perform this work in the Capella since Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 60 years prior. In May 2010 Hines returned by invitation, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, to perform as bass soloist in Schumann’s rarely performed Requiem Mass with the State Academic Capella Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alexander Chernushenko. Future Russian tour performances (May/June 2011) promise to include his concert debut in Rachmaninov Hall at the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow.