Karl Paoletti Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Valdosta State University. Before joining the voice faculty at VSU, he was an instructor of voice at The University of North Texas and Texas A&M University, Commerce. He received a doctorate in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from The University of North Texas where was the recipient of a Toulouse academic scholarship and a teaching fellowship. Dr. Paoletti is an active and versatile baritone soloist. His career includes a wide variety of professional and collegiate engagements in both the United States and abroad. In April 2010, he performed the baritone solos in Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs at the South Korea Baptist University in Daejeon, South Korea. He has sung both leading and supporting roles with The Gold Coast Opera, Columbia Lyric Opera, Pensacola Opera, Amarillo Opera, Treasure Coast Opera, First Coast Opera, East Texas Chamber Music Festival, West Virginia Symphony/Opera, the Bay View Summer Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, The University of North Texas Opera Theater, and most recently sang the role of Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with the Peach State Opera and Peter the Father in Hansel and Gretel with First Coast Opera. In addition to performing the role of the father, he also directed FCO’s 2013 production of "Hansel and Gretel." He was also a featured performer in First Coast Opera’s production of Grandi Voci in which he sang scenes and arias from Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale. Recently appointed the Director of Opera at Valdosta State University, Dr. Paoletti is currently directing Opera After Dark, "Tutto Italiano," the annual opera fundraiser. Karl's research interests are in the area of voice science and technology. In conjunction with the VSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, he developed the first singing voice science lab in the VSU Music Department. He has presented his research at the Voice Foundation 43rd Annual Symposium in Philadelphia and at the NATS National Conference in Boston.