Dr. Joseph Wiggett
New England First Place Winner, 1991

Baritone Joseph Wiggett is Professor of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Opera at California State University, Stanislaus, where he maintains an active applied voice studio in addition to his teaching duties in vocal pedagogy, lyric diction, vocal literature, and opera workshop. He is the former Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Stanislaus State and Artistic Director of Townsend Opera of Modesto. The baritone also still appears in opera, most recently as the King in Opera Fairbanks’ production of Joseph Babar’s Rumpelstiltskin, in concerts and recitals, and in master classes.


Joseph holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Maine, a Masters Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a past member of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, and the Prague Mozart Academy, the baritone has performed over three dozen operatic roles with companies such as the New York City Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since his early solo appearance in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Series, and his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Joe has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Manhattan, Boulder, Modesto, Bangor, Portland, Milwaukee, and Colorado Symphonies, and has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union.


Joseph Wiggett has received many awards and honors. He has taken first place in such competitions as the Chicago Union Civic and Arts Leagues Competition, and the Center for Contemporary Opera International Competition, received three Birgit Nilsson prizes and two grants from the Puccini Foundation, and is the original and also the only three-time winner of Maine’s prestigious Lillian Nordica Prize. Most recently Joseph was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Arts Award for Music by the Stanislaus Arts Council, with commendations from the State Senate and the Governor’s office. Accompanying the award were commendations from the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and California Legislature, the City of Modesto and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Arts and Culture.


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