Thomas Bandy

  • Associate Professor of Vocal Accompanying


  • BM, Furman University, 2001
  • BA, Furman University, 2001
  • MM, University Michigan Ann Arbor, 2004
  • DMA, University Michigan Ann Arbor, 2007


Thomas Bandy teaches collaborative piano, English, Italian, and German lyric diction for voice majors, and seminars at the Conservatory in Czech and Russian lyric diction and vocal repertoire. He also teaches classes in Lieder and mélodie. Bandy has also overseen the musical preparation of Oberlin’s mainstage opera productions. From 2008 until 2011, he was an assistant professor of vocal coaching at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught lyric diction and seminars on French mélodie. Bandy has also been on the faculty of the summer Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico as Czech, Russian, and Italian coach, and regularly gives masterclasses for singers and pianists at Notre Dame.

During the 2007–2008 school year, he was an assistant professor of collaborative piano at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he directed the vocal and instrumental accompanying programs. During the summer of 2008, he was pianist and coach at the Richard Miller Vocal Arts Symposium at Oberlin. Bandy studied collaborative piano with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan, and has played in the voice studios of Shirley Verrett and George Shirley, among many others.

Fall 2024

Keyboard Accompanying (Vocal) — APST 112
French Diction — LANG 201
The Lied — MLIT 220

Spring 2025

Italian Diction — LANG 101
Keyboard Accompanying (Vocal) — APST 112
German Diction — LANG 200
Interpretation of Art Song — APST 204