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Joseph Legaspi,

Adjunct Faculty and University Director of Music

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About Professor Legaspi

Joseph Legaspi’s life has constantly been in flux. Each day, his life is a dynamic mix of academic pursuits, responsibilities at church and work, and moments of leisure with friends. Amid all these, he continuously finds opportunities to improve himself as a person and singer. Born in the Philippines, Joseph discovered his love for music at a very young age. Countless performances with school choirs and productions led him to take on an undergraduate degree at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Joseph received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and his Doctor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance. Among his many awards throughout his stay in Jacobs include the Evelyn P. Stier Memorial Scholarship, the Roy and Mary Samuelsen Scholarship, and the Friday Musicale Award. More

Soon after Joseph’s educational pursuit, his foray in the international vocal music scene began taking flight. In the summer of 2014, he was given the honor of being one of the five finalists in 2014 Habañeras International Soloist Competition in Torrevieja, Spain.
Joseph continues to serve with his talents in the academe and liturgy. In 2013, St. Peter’s University in New Jersey welcomed him to its faculty as University Director of Music.

Joseph Legaspi continues his crusade for personal transformation, always curious and excited at the myriad possibilities in stirring
students and in making a difference in the lives of the people around him. Step by step, note by note, he looks forward to
opportunities where he can enrich his person, his artistry; and eventually, the world.

“Educators guide students on a journey to the realization of their goals. Moreover, it is their goal is to inculcate in students high level of musicianship, vocal accomplishment and discipline onstage and in their personal studies whether they are teaching voice, directing choirs or giving masterclasses. That said, it is essential to present students opportunities to hone their skills through performances inside and outside class, competitions and masterclasses. Each singer is unique and has different levels of abilities. There is no set methodology that will be suitable for every student. It is the teacher’s duty to present diverse strategies to help students find their natural, true voice. Only then can students and teachers can work on nuances on interpreting songs and operatic arias.”

Research Interests

  • German Lieder
  • French mélodies
  • Early music

Career & Accomplishments


  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance, M.M. Vocal Performance, B.M. Vocal Performance.

Guest Artist

  • Ten Outstanding Filipino Americans

  • Carnegie Hall Finalist

  • V Certamen Habaneras para Solitas - Torrevieja, Spain

  • Joy in Singing Competition - New York City

  • Y’s Men International Competition - Manila, Philippines


  • The Songs of Nicanor Abelardo, Songs from Home

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