Foote Foundation Scholars


Van-Anthoney Hall is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University in Greensboro. He has extensive experience in Music Theater and commercial music and received numerous state grants for his work with children in the arts in North Carolina. He gave jazz concerts in Europe through his first year of study at SMU. Van performed the roles of the Magician in SMU’s production of The Consul, Kaspar in Deep Ellum Opera Theater’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess and Viper in Ain’t Misbehavin’. Upon receiving the MM in Voice from SMU, Mr. Hall moved to Louisiana where he served as Assistant professor of Voice at Southern University of Baton Rouge, LA and presented numerous recitals in collaboration with other artists from around the world.  After several years on the faculty at Southern University, he returned to graduate study at the University of Illinois and received PhD in Music Education specializing in Curriculum and Aesthetic Instruction. Dr. Hall is Head of Voice at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he resides with his wife and four daughters.


1989: JIN YOUNG JANG, Bass

Jin Young Jang received the BM degree in voice from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea and he completed the Artist Certificate from SMU. During his time in Dallas, he performed roles in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Deep Ellum Opera Theater and The Consul with SMU. He also sang the role of Bartolo in The Magic Flute and in a number of recitals, concerts and oratorio performances throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jin Young began work on the DMA in Voice at UCLA, but interrupted it to sing in the Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. He is married and living in the Los Angeles area with his wife, son and daughter and continues his singing career throughout the world.


1999-2001: RASHARD ALLEN, Tenor

Rashard Allen is a native of Philadelphia, PA and a graduate in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He entered the MM and MSM programs in Voice and Sacred Music in 1998.  Rashard was a very successful performer and teacher during his tenure at SMU.  He taught privately, tutored students in music theory at SMU, sang oratorio performances throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area, and he also sang many solo recitals of sacred music. Rashard was appointed Director of the Music Ministry at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg in the summer of 2001. He returned to the Dallas area in November of 2002 to sing in the premiere performance of a newly commissioned opera, David’s Atonement by Timothy Cutler and Hugh Weldon Moody at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Rashard remains active in his singing. He is Minister of Music in a large Presbyterian church in Pittsburg, PA where he lives with his wife and two sons.


2001-2003: PAUL ANDRÈ DOUCET, Baritone

Paul André Doucet is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge. He studied with Foote Scholar, Van-Anthoney Hall who persuaded him to continue his graduate studies with Professor Hill Moore at SMU where he completed the MM before beginning his career as a vocal music educator. Paul is in his tenth year of teaching in Texas. He is the former Head Choral Director at Skyline Center in the Dallas Independent School District and presently a Co-Director of choirs at the Highland Park High School.  He is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference and the Dallas Music Educators Association. Paul has performed worldwide singing music of all genres and he is a highly sought after adjudicator and clinician for TMEA UIL events.


2003-2004: PATRICK TIKOLO, Bass-Baritone

Patrick Tikolo is from King Williams Town, South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town. He earned his Artist Certificate from SMU and the MM. Patrick was active as a soloist with orchestras throughout the southwest. He sang the roles of Inquisitor in The Gondoliers and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro with the SMU Opera Theater.  Before returning to his native South Africa to teach, Patrick sang the roles of Crown and Porgy in the Artist Certificate productions of Porgy in Bess in Dallas and on tour in South Africa. Patrick was an apprentice artist in the U.S. in El Paso, Texas Opera, Houston Ebony Opera, and also in Europe, in the Orvieto, Italy Opera Lirica and the Benjamin Britten-Peter Pears School for Advanced Singers in England.  Professor Patrick Tikolo is presently the Chair of Voice at the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he is the first black on the tenured faculty in the UCT School of Music.


2004-2005: LIONEL MKHWANAZI, Tenor

Lionel Mkhwanazi is from Soweto, South Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies in opera at the University of Cape Town and the Artist Certificate and MM at SMU. He won Second Place in the National Opera Association Competition in Philadelphia, Second Place in the Shreveport Opera Competition, and the Encouragement Award in the Dallas Opera Competition.  Lionel was an Affiliate Artist with the El Paso Opera Young Artist Program and sang the role of Tamino in their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The following spring, he sang the principal tenor role in a new opera production, She Never Lost a Passenger, about the Underground Railroad, presented by the Shreveport Opera. He sang a principal role in The Gondoliers, the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess and Nemorino in SMU’s production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love.  Professor Mkhwanazi is Chair of Voice at the Opera School and Choral Arts College at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.


Conroy Cupido

2005-2006: CONROY CUPIDO, Tenor

Conroy Cupido received the BM from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, the Honors Certificate in Opera from the University of Cape Town, the Master of Music and Artist Certificate from SMU, and the DMA from the University of North Texas. He sang the role of Don Basilio in the SMU production of The Marriage of Figaro, the role of Sportin’ Life in all four performances of the South African tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, a role he repeated many times. He sang in concert with the Fort Worth Symphony and as an Apprentice Artist in the Utah Opera Summer Opera Program. Dr. Cupido is presently Chair of Voice at the University of Northwest in Potchefstroom, South Africa.


Phandulwazi Maseti

2006-2007: PHANDULWAZI MASETI, Tenor

Phandulwazi Maseti graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Opera from the University of Cape Town College of Music where he studied voice with Dr. Brad Liebl and opera with Professor Angelo Gobatto. During his study at UCT Phandulwazi was featured as Conte Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Vasek in The Bartered Bride, Arturo in Lucia di Lammemoor, Pang in Turandot and Jaquino in Fidelio. He was a semi-finalist in the Neue-Stimmen International Competition in Germany and was invited to the Neue-Stimmen International master-class series with Francisco Araiza, Katia Ricciarreli, Siegfried Jerusalem and Gustav Kuhn.  Phandulwazi performed the role of Oronte in Alcina with Cape Town Opera. After coming to Dallas, Phandulwazi sang the roles of Nemorino in the SMU Opera production of Donizetti‘s L’elisir D’amore and Peter Quint in the production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.  He was Second Place winner of the Dallas Opera Guild Competition.  He was also a Finalist in the Houston Opera Young Artist Program. Phandulwazi was named as one of the four Young Artists for two years with the Dallas Opera/SMU Emerging Artists Program. He was also a Young Artist in the Houston Ebony Opera Young Artist Program. Phandulwazi continues to perform in South Africa and throughout Europe.


2007-2008: MHLABA BUTHELEZI, Tenor

Mhlaba Buthelezi is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where he received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2006.. He received the Master of Music from Southern Methodist University. Among his operatic roles are Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, numerous leading roles in the Meadows Opera Gala and the First Sailor in Dido and Aeneas. In concert he has sung Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis. Mhlaba was a member of the Dallas Opera Emerging Artists Program. Professor Buthelezi taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for four years before accepting the position he currently holds on the faculty of Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.


2008-2010: RICHARD CALVIN ODOM, Tenor

Richard Calvin Odom is a native of South Carolina, received the BM in vocal performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and the MM in Voice and the MM in Choral Conducting from SMU. He is a singer, composer, pianist, and conductor whose distinctions include receiving the Magnolia Lewis Butts Piano Scholarship Award, the Annual Waljo People’s Choice Award in singing and the National Association of Negro Business Women’s Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition. Richard was Director of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Children’s Chorus in Dallas, and annual conducting clinician for the African American Sacred Music Festival in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a position he holds today. After graduating from SMU in May 2010, Odom returned to Washington DC as Associate Minister of Music of Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church and adjunct professor and Director of Choral Activities of the University of the District of Columbia. Soon thereafter, he joined the faculty of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown as instructor of conducting, voice, and music theory. He also boasts a nearly 25-year tenure as background singer for national recording artist, Stephanie Mills.


Lee2011-2013: JEAWOOK LEE, Tenor
JeaWook Lee received the Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in 2009. He entered the Performance Diploma program in fall, 2011 and in that same year, JeaWook was a Finalist in the Regional Competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In summer 2012, he sang the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute in Amalfi Coast Music Festival production in Naples, Italy. JeaWook sang the role of Don Basilio in the SMU Opera Theater productions of The Marriage of Figaro in 2012, and in the February 2013 production of Albert Herring, he performed the role of Mayor. He completed the Performance Diploma in May 2013 and was named Young Artist with the “Dallas Opera To Go” project. JeaWook has been a Finalist in the National Opera Association Competition and is again a Finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition to be held in March 2014. He began study in the Masters Degree program in fall 2013 as a student of Clifton Forbis.


njabulo2010-2014: NJABULO MTHIMKULU received the Performance Diploma from SMU in May 2012.  He is a native of Durban, South Africa and a graduate of the Cape Town University College of Music. His university performances include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gulielmo in Cosi fan tutte and the title role in Don Giovanni. He worked professionally with the Cape Town Opera singing the roles of de Bretigny in Massenet’s Manon, Ntsizi in Huyssen’s Masque, and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto.  He recently sang the male lead of Jean in the Swedish Opera’s premier of Boesmans’ Julie in Malmo, Sweden.  At SMU, Njabulo has sung the roles of Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld by Jules Offenbach, the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and the role of Sid in Albert Herring.  He was the concerto competition winner in his first year of study at SMU. Njabulo recently completed the role of the father in Bizet’s Le docteur Miracle and he will begin his third year as Young Artist with the “Dallas Opera To Go” project.