Joshua Winograde Named Head of Rice Shepherd School’s Opera Studies

By Afton Wooten
(Credit: Josh Winograde)

One of the leading arts administrators Joshua Winograde, will join Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in July of 2023.

Winograde will take on the role of professor of opera and director of Opera Studies. He will oversee all of Shepherd’s Opera Department. In addition to administrative work, he will provide musical direction for fully staged opera productions each fall and spring in Brockman Hall for Opera’s Lucian and Nancy Morrison Theater.

In a press release he remarks that “It is an honor to join the Shepherd School’s esteemed faculty in shaping the careers of the brightest young vocalists. Houston feels like my artistic home, having started my career as a member of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Studio.”

Winograde has worked not only with HGO, but has held many prestigious positions in the opera world, including his current roles as senior director of artistic programs and director of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program which he established with Los Angeles Opera. He was the associate artistic administrator for the 2017-2018 National Council Auditions (The Met Competition) and also created and supervised the opera studio at Wolf Trap Opera.