Dr. Maxwell

Professor of Music
Voice, Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction, & Vocal Performance Class
Office: HA 101
Phone: (940) 397-4242
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Dr. Don Maxwell is currently Professor of Voice at Midwestern State University, having taught college level voice and related courses for 46 years. In 2007, he was designated as the MSU Hardin Professor, the highest award bestowed upon faculty members. Dr. Maxwell has directed 30 opera/musicals during his tenure at MSU and his students have been winners of major vocal competitions; several have launched international careers in opera and song.

As a tenor soloist, Dr. Maxwell has been active for more than 50 years. He was the winner of the Oklahoma City Bloch Young Artist Auditions as well as the Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

Dr. Maxwell has edited several books and articles for the renowned voice teacher and pedagogue Cornelius L. Reid and compiled the Cornelius L. Reid Archive which resides in the MSU Moffett Library. He has published several articles and a set of CD/DVDs which has world-wide distribution. Dr. Maxwell’s interests include collecting and repairing antique mechanical music items such as spring operated phonographs and music boxes. He is considered an authority on these as well as on the history of recorded music.

Dr. Maxwell joined the university in 1971 and has earned a B.A. in Pre-Med/Zoology from Colgate University, B.M. in Voice with High Honors from Friends University, and at the University of Oklahoma he earned a M.M. in Voice and a D.M.E. in Music Education.