Oliver Lo

  • Oliver LoAssociate Professor

    Director of Opera/Music Theater 

    Contact Information

    724-357-4493

    slo@iup.edu

    Cogswell Hall 318

    Courses Taught

    Musical and Opera Productions

    Applied Voice

    Music Theater Workshop

    Degrees

    DMA, Eastman School of Music

    MM, Eastman School of Music  

    AD, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

    HD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Biography

    Oliver Lo has sung a diverse concert repertoire spanning from tenor solo in Bach’s cantata “Wir danken dir” and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus to Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Some of his operatic roles include Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jacquino in Fidelio, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Roméo in Roméo et Juliet, Fenton in Falstaff, and Sam in Susannah. He was selected as one of the 13 national finalists for the 1999 Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards at Orlando Opera.

    As a music educator, he has brought operas and musicals to thousands of students in the United States and Hong Kong. Selected directing credits include Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and The Pirates of Penzance, Puccini’s La Bohème, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Menotti’s Medium, Frank Loesser’s How to succeed in business without really trying, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and Mark Hollmann’s Urinetown.

    He was the founding director of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Summer Musical and Staff Choir, and he was the stage director for Opera Hong Kong summer and outreach programs for five years. He is a proud alumnus of the 2001 NATS Intern Program, and his voice students were admitted to schools such as Indiana University Bloomington, New England Conservatory, Trinity College of Music, University of Kentucky, and UNC Greensboro.

    After quitting his day job as a mechanical engineer, he started his music journey by attending the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and graduated with distinction. Lo taught in the Hong Kong public school system for two years. He then received a full scholarship and teaching assistantship and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance (minor in directing) at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York. Lo was tenured associate professor and director of Opera Theatre at East Tennessee State University, and, for 10 years, was a full-time music faculty member at the Division of Humanities at HKUST, where his course “Music, Drama and Theatre” received the inaugural Common Core Course Excellence Award in 2012.

    Lo is currently serving as director of Opera/Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also teaches voice. He is a husband and a proud father of two awesome teenagers.