Dr. Gregory S. Broughton, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Area, was awarded the General Sandy H. Beaver Teaching Professorship in 2011. He was appointed to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty in 1988. He is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy, a UGA Senior Faculty Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the UGA Sarah Moss Fellowship.
He received both the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where his concentration was in voice and choral music. Broughton's distinguished teachers and coaches include Lorna Haywood, Willis Patterson, George Bitzas, Thomas Williams, Marvalene C. Moore, Donald Neuen, Martin Katz, Timothy Cheek, Mitchell Krieger and Dale Mann. He has made solo appearances under the baton of conductors Yoel Levi, Donald Neuen, Gustav Meier, John DeMain, J. Paul Cobbs and Jacqueline Hairston.
Notable solo engagements have included the world premieres of Stephen Newby's Symphony: Let Thy Mercy Be Upon Us with the Seattle Symphony; Ja Jahannes and Steven Newby’s Montage for Martin with members of the Savannah Symphony; the Michigan premiere of David Baker’s Through This Vale of Tears with the Lafayette String Quartet; and the Michigan and Ohio premiere of Adolphus Hailstork's oratorio Done Made My Vow with the Toledo Symphony. He was tenor soloist for the Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis Symphony and he made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall as guest soloist in a celebration of the African American Spiritual under the baton of Jacqueline Hairston. Additional performances include Haydn's The Creation with the Washington Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society, Handel's Judas Maccabeaus, Britten's St. Nicolas Mass and Handel's Messiah and numerous other engagements as soloist with musical organizations throughout the United States. As a recitalist he has an affinity for the interpretation of the African American Spiritual. He has appeared twice at the American Listz Society Conference and most recently in San Francisco in a lecture recital presentation with colleague Dr. Richard Zimdars performing lesser-known works of Felix Weingartner.
Dr. Broughton's discography includes Montage for Martin with members of the Seattle Symphony; The Lily of the Valley with the American Spiritual Ensemble; Love Letters, a compilation CD of original works by UGA composer Roger Vogel and he appears on the original soundtrack for the musical Yes, Lord! by Ja Jahannes.
Broughton also has a modest list of operatic engagements with the Mid-Michigan Opera, Onyx Opera/Atlanta and Chautauqua Opera. He has performed leading tenor roles in Puccini's La Rondine, Verdi's Falstaff and La Traviata, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, William Grant Still's A Bayou Legend and Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.
In addition to being chair of the Voice Area, Broughton's duties include graduate and undergraduate applied voice instruction and graduate academic advising for vocal music majors. His duties also include conducting the University of Georgia African American Choral Ensemble. This student organization's mission is the performance of works composed and/or arranged by African American composers. Following many triumphal performance successes, the group has been invited to perform at several national music conferences. In 2011 the group was invited to perform for the Georgia Music Educators Conference World Music Session in Savannah, GA. In 2013 they were engaged and perform as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s “Southern Harmonies” Traveling Exhibition. The most recent conference presentation was the opening concert for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in 2014 convening in Atlanta, GA.
Currently, Broughton has students performing in major professional venues throughout the United States and abroad in major opera houses, musical theater on and off Broadway. A significant number of students from the private studio as well as from the African American Choral Ensemble are recording contemporary Christian and numerous popular music styles. Quite a large number of his students are currently college and university professors, secondary school educators and private voice teachers. Broughton is a much sought after and effective teacher for pre and post collegiate singers. His expertise is also sought after as clinician and adjudicator for vocal master classes, choral clinics, workshops and competitions.