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Justin T. Swain




Justin T. Swain

Adjunct Professor of Voice

Baritone Justin T. Swain serves as an Adjunct Professor of Voice and is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy where he was awarded “Most Outstanding Graduate Associate,” and was a student of both Dr. Scott McCoy (author of Your Voice: An Inside View) and Dr. Robin Rice (author of Great Teachers on Great Singing). 

A Columbus native, Justin has served as Opera Columbus’ Teaching Artist, been featured in the Columbus Italian Festival, in concert with Harmony Project Columbus, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus, and has performed several world premiere works. Additionally, Justin has performed numerous times with Opera Columbus on the main stage (Baron Duophol in La Traviata), as a member of the company’s touring Education Outreach program, Opera On The Edge (Marcello in La Bohème), as a member of The Voice of Freedom touring performance group, and in Twisted 3, a collaboration with BalletMet and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi). Recent engagements include Maximilian (Candide) with The Ohio State University Lyric Opera Theatre and a featured guest performance with the Denison University Wind Ensemble performing Armando Bayolo’s Last Breaths. His upcoming engagements include performances with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (November 2021) as well as in Opera Columbus’ production of Fellow Travelers (February 2022).

Beyond his training in the Bel Canto tradition of vocal technique, Justin is a versatile performer and teacher with extensive background in contemporary vocal pedagogy and works with clients in modern styles ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, musical theatre, folk, to rock primarily at his studio Musicologie Lewis Center, where he serves as the Owner/Community Manager and the Director of Musicologie U, a college prep program for high school students interested in pursuing studies at the collegiate level. 

Justin holds affiliations and memberships with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Black Classical Music Educators (BCME), Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA), the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program (RCM), the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Estill International, and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society Alpha Rho Chapter.


MM Vocal Performance (2018), MA Vocal Pedagogy (2018), BM Vocal Performance (2016) - The Ohio State University