A native of New Orleans, T.N. Retif brings over 45 years of teaching experience to the position of Vocal Coach for the AGMC.Before teaching at the college/university level he sang professionally, notably an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera Company, and was the soloist in the premiere performance of Norman Dello Joio's Song of Abelard, under the baton of the composer.During and after completing three degrees in vocal performance and post-doctoral studies in musicology, Dr. Retif was a member of the music faculty at several institutions, including The University of Texas at Arlington, Hardin-Simmons University, and Brewton-Parker College, with a number of his students achieving professional singing careers.Dr. Retif is also a conductor, primarily in the handbell arena.While at BPC, he led the Baron Ringers to an international reputation, and has served the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers as Master Conductor at the organization's Directors' Seminar.
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