John Pfautz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Eastern Nazarene College, a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University where he studied under Frances Yeend.
Dr. Pfautz has performed as the featured tenor soloist throughout the U.S. and Canada in recital and oratorio. His operatic experience includes such roles as Count Almaviva in Rossini's Barber of Seville, and Eisenstein in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata, and Mayor Upfold in Britten's Albert Herring. He is equally experienced in the leading tenor roles of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta literature; specifically, Ralph (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance).
Since coming to Augustana College, Dr. Pfautz has seen directing and producing opera take over his life. Pfautz began Opera@Augustana shortly after coming to Augustana College in 1987. Performances have included Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, The Elixir of Love, The Tender Land, Gianni Schicchi, Sister Angelica, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and others. Beginning in 2002, Opera @ Augustana has performed as a part of the Genesius Guild's Summer Season with opera performances in Lincoln Park. The first production was Gianni Schicchi, followed by The Telephone, Trial By Jury, and Pirates of Penzance. In 2004, an ambitious production of Libby Larsen's Barnum's Bird was particularly noteworthy.
In addition to directing Opera@Augustana, Dr. Pfautz is the Voice Area Supervisor at Augustana College, keeping an active vocal studio. He is also the convener for the College's Faith and the Arts Festival, and the upcoming African Arts Festival. Other positions include President of the National Opera Association, and former Convener for a major project sponsored by the NOA entitled The Sacred in Opera. He was also a founding board member for Opera Quad Cities.
During a recent sabbatical, Pfautz taught sacred music drama and other courses at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in Ogbomoso, Nigeria, and in Manchester, England at the Nazarene Theological College. His relationship with the Nigerian Seminary continues with short-term teaching experiences during breaks in the Augustana College academic schedule.