Jonathon Thull

Instructor, Voice
DMA and MA - University of Iowa
MM - Univeristy of Minnesota
BA - University of St. Thomas

Office: 38 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2527

Jonathon Thull joined the University of Northern Iowa as a year-long voice faculty replacement in 2005. Since then, he has served as stage director, production manager, technical director, properties master, designer, and master carpenter for UNI Lyric Theatre and Opera Ensemble. Directorial credits include Die Fledermaus, Mozart's Magical Mayhem, and the forthcoming opera scenes program: Opera Blocks: Benjamin Britten and Friends. In addition, Thull is an applied voice instructor and teaches courses in opera performance, advanced vocal performance, and survey classes of art-song and opera.

Equally at home on either side of the "curtain", as a baritone/director/conductor, Dr. Thull has more than 75 opera, operetta, and musical theatre credits to his name. He has appeared with Minnesota Opera, Opera St. Paul, North Star Opera Company, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. As a performer, he has created the title role in productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Man of La Mancha, and Sweeney Todd. He has premiered lead roles in Peter Press' Muscatine! The Musical, Jonathan Chenette’s Eric Hermannson’s Soul, Libby Larsen’s Christina Romana, the North American premiere of Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Wendy Kesselman’s musical theatre drama The Black Monk. Stage direction credits include Die Fledermaus, The Lady with the Pet Dog (world premiere), Little Red's Most Unusual Day, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gianni Schicchi, The Stoned Guest, The Secret Garden, Man of La Mancha, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Kiss Me, Kate. The Lady with the Pet Dog stands apart as a unique accomplishment for Thull, in that he collaborated with the composer not only as conductor and stage director, but as co-librettist to bring the one-act opera to life. Future plans include expanding the aforementioned work into a full-length opera.

Prior to his arrival at UNI, Thull was hired by Cornell College as a voice instructor where he currently maintains an active studio. Additional teaching venues have included William Penn College, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Muscatine Community College.

Dr. Thull's pursuit of student performance opportunities led to the founding of Cornell College's Lyric Theatre in 1998 which evolved and merged into full scale stage collaborations with Cornell's Theatre Department. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has afforded additional opportunities where he has served as stage director, designer and master carpenter for their Young Artist Program as well as chorus master for several main stage productions.

Dr. Thull holds a D.M.A. degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and an M.A. degree in Opera Theatre Direction from the University of Iowa. At the University of Minnesota, Thull earned an M.M. degree in Choral Conducting as well as completed course work toward an M.M in Vocal Performance. He received his B.A. in music from The University of St. Thomas, formerly The College of St. Thomas.