- DMA, Pedagogy, Shenandoah University
- MMus, Voice Performance, Bob Jones University
- BA, Bible and Sacred Music, Union Bible College
Baritone Troy Castle joined the Bob Jones University faculty as assistant professor of voice in 2012. In addition to holding the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory, he also holds an undergraduate degree in church music from Union Bible College, 2002, and a master’s degree in voice performance from BJU, 2008. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Troy is a Level III certified instructor in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method and has completed post-certification training in contemporary commercial singing styles.
During his graduate studies, Troy was a voice student of Janette Ogg, David Parker, and Christopher Gilliam. He is a frequent adjudicator of voice competitions and has experience as a masterclass instructor and contest coordinator. He has distinguished himself as a gifted performer, winning numerous contests and receiving several awards. Notable among these are: runner up of the Virginia chapter and Mid-Atlantic Region of the NATS Artist Award competition (2010 and 2012); Shenandoah Conservatory graduate student soloist competition winner (2010); SC NATS Richard S. Veale outstanding recitalist award (2008), and BJU Grace Levinson award (2008). Troy has been featured as a guest soloist for numerous concert engagements and has presented a variety of solo and collaborative recitals. He is also comfortable on the stage and has covered and performed leading operatic roles, most notably Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Troy particularly enjoys performing German Lieder, and in 2011 he participated in a Lieder seminar with world-renowned performer and pedagogue John O’Conor. Regularly involved in church music for over two decades, he has served as the music minister for three churches. He continues to perform regularly at BJU, in his local church, and at various regional venues.
Troy is engaged with current trends in voice research and the emerging field of vocology, and this emphasis informs his studio and classroom instruction. He is concerned with a functional approach to voice pedagogy, drawing from his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and acoustics to elicit a functionally efficient technique from his students while emphasizing artistic authenticity. While his dissertation research involved analyzing the resonance strategies of elite operatic baritones, he enjoys teaching both classical and musical theatre styles.
Troy and his wife Martha have four sons: Seth, Ethan, Silas, and Elliott. The Castles currently reside in Taylors, SC. As a result of spending his formative years in Phoenix, Troy enjoys following Arizona’s professional sports teams, especially the Phoenix Suns, in his spare time.