Titus Underwood: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Principal oboe of the Nashville Symphony, Titus Underwood presents a multimedia performance where classical music sits comfortably beside spoken word and film. He is passionate about creating projects that advocate for and showcase Black artists. By intricately weaving film and music together, he brings his artistic vision to re-imagine classical music. His most acclaimed project, a timely rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” became a viral Internet sensation with more than 1 million views.
More about Titus Underwood
Titus Underwood is Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the 2021 recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence award and a 2021 Midsouth Regional Emmy® winner for his work on "We Are Nashville". Prior to the NSO, he was Acting Associate Principal of Utah Symphony, and has performed as guest principal of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Orchestra. A sought-after freelance performer, Titus has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. Titus regularly plays principal oboe in Chineke!, the Gateways Music Festival, and Bellingham Festival of Music.
Titus received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, and pursued additional studies with Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of John Mack, legendary principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra, with additional studies from Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey Rathbun. In 2013, he received his artist diploma from The Colburn School as a student of Allan Vogel.