University of Kentucky Opera Theatre began in 1955 under the direction of voice teacher Phyllis Jenness and Phillip Miller, director of the UK Symphony Orchestra. Since then it has risen to its position today as one of the leading opera programs in North America, largely because of the boundless energy and vision of its director Dr. Everett McCorvey.
Dr. McCorvey credits a talented faculty in the School of Music Voice Program that works as a team to help students achieve their potential as singers, scholars, and citizens. The Schmidt Vocal Arts Center also foster excellence in students; boasting professional practice and rehearsal studios, and easy access to Voice faculty and Opera staff. UKOT's most pressing needs today include scholarships for students, additional faculty members to teach and coach the 125 students enrolled in the vocal performance program, and support for professional-grade performances with visionary scope.