Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice
Peruvian-American Jeremy Gussin has appeared recently in operatic roles with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony, and Winter Opera St. Louis. Hailed for his "sonorously good voice," favorite musical theatre roles have included Kevin Rosario (In the Heights
), and Voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors
), in addition to work at the keys or music direction for shows such as Into the Woods, Murder Ballad, The Last Five Years, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Matilda
and The Hunchback of Notre Dame
. He joined the Olivier Award-nominated The Choir of Man
as Pub Bore for their final three weeks of residency at Playhouse Square in 2021. Students and coaching clients have gone on to receive contracts with The Metropolitan Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Saratoga, national tours, regional theatres, and as musicians in the armed services.
As a studio vocalist Dr. Gussin has been active in the Indianapolis area since 2013, recording over 400 choral demos for clients such as Hal Leonard, Alfred and Beckenhorst Press. His professional music career began at 19 as the director and bass of The Offbeats, the Iowa State Fair Talent Search Champions. With the vocal quintet he had the opportunity to open for Simon Estes and Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Revue while pursuing a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
His love for close harmony and contemporary a cappella led him to present at the 2013 National ACDA convention in Dallas, Texas. In the past decade he has directed vocal ensembles who have had the opportunity to coach with and perform for members of Accent, Take 6, Deke Sharon, Home Free, m-pact, the New York Voices and the late Steve Zegree. His arrangements have been performed in Argentina, Australia, France, England and across the United States. He also had the opportunity to provide demo recordings and supplementary arrangements for Joshua Weiss’s Perfect Harmony
, available through Concord Theatricals.
During graduate studies at Indiana University, Dr. Gussin was in over 120 concerts through his associations with the Singing Hoosiers, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Crimson Cadence and the African-American Choral Ensemble. He recently returned as an alumni music director for Indiana Summer Theatre in 2023. A student of Andreas Poulimenos, his dissertation was on contemporary musical theatre repertoire for the bass voice, crafting a pedagogical performance guide and historical appendix of low voice performers on Broadway over four decades. He was a 2022 NATS Intern, and piano student of Nicholas Phillips.