Marcel Ramalho, DA
Director of Choral Ensembles
Professor of Voice
Fine Arts Center C118
Dr. Marcel Ramalho is currently Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Voice in the Department of Music at Augusta University. Before joining the faculty at AU, Dr. Ramalho held teaching positions at Earlham College, where he served as Adjunct Instructor of Voice, and at Ball State University, where he served as Applied Voice Instructor, as well as Graduate Assistant Conductor of Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Women’s Chorus.
A recipient of several academic awards, scholarships, and grants, Dr. Ramalho’s research focus on the music of Brazilian composer José Siqueira (1907-1985). Dr. Ramalho has published articles in the Journal of Singing, Per Musi and Revista da ABEM, and has presented lecture recitals at the 31st National Conference of the Brazilian Association for Graduate Studies in Music and at the 2022 Southeastern Region NATS conference. As an opera singer, Dr. Ramalho has sung Thomas Putnam in The Crucible (Robert Ward), the titles roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Peter in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan), and Don Pedro in Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz). Concert appearances include the bass solos in J. S. Bach’s cantatas Ich habe genug (BWV 82), Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 38), Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), and Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen (BWV 12), W. A. Mozart’s Freimaurerkantante, and G. Fauré’s Requiem.
Dr. Ramalho holds a Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University with a primary emphasis in Vocal Performance and secondary emphasis in Choral Conducting, a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil).