John Hines, bass, known to Russian audiences as “The American Chaliapin” (Oreol-TV, Saint Petersburg, Russia) for his compelling interpretation of beloved Russian romances and operatic arias, has performed to great acclaim in the palaces and concert halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, Graz, Austria and numerous cities within the Lombardi region of northern Italy. In addition to maintaining an active concert schedule abroad, Hines has also performed with opera companies and symphonies throughout the United States.
Hines is originally from New Washington, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Heidelberg College (today, Heidelberg University) in Tiffin, Ohio. As a student at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria he worked extensively with Bard Suverkrop (Dusseldorf Opera), Andrew White (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) and Nico Castel (Metropolitan Opera), before entering the graduate program at Indiana University where he studied with Carlos Montané, Dale Moore and the legendary heldentenor, James King. Hines completed his Master of Music degree at Kent State University and several years later earned his doctoral degree at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia where he was once again reunited with Bard Suverkrop for his vocal studies.
Dr. Hines resides in Cedar Falls, IA with his wife and two children where he is an Associate Professor of Voice and Chair of the Vocal Division at the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music.