About Me

Bo Shimmin

Tenor, arts advocate, linguist


Bo holds a Master’s in Music (Voice Performance) from University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance and is passionate about art song from the Italian, American and Spanish repertoires. He is will be working as a young artist with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York City singing the roles of Telemaco (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria) and Fiscal (Juana – East Coast Premiere).

In the Fall of 2022, he will return to Firenze to begin a second Fulbright grant researching Italian art song composed after 1900 as well as share his knowledge of African American and African Diaspora repertoire with the Italian conservatory classroom. His project is named: “Exploring Identity through Song: from Italy to America post-1900.” He intends on giving 3 solo recitals during his Fulbright year and will be sharing details about his travels, research and experience of living abroad in Italy.

Bo has completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2019-2020 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. He is passionate about language learning and is currently enrolled in a degree through Arizona State University (MTESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with the hopes of teaching while performing. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Music (Voice Performance) from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Bo is a 2-time Fulbright Scholar, Gilman Scholar, a national Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Scholarship recipient and Gates Millenium Scholar.

Originally from the Pueblo of Acoma about an hour west of Albuquerque, he now calls Tucson, Arizona home. In his free time, he loves grabbing aperitivo with friends, listening to and searching for new repertoire and spending time with his family and baby nephew, Theo.

Get in touch

Bo is always available for collaborations and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about travel, music, art, please feel free to reach out via social media or email!

Bo and his collaborator Natalie perform Ben Moore’s Dear Theo on his masters recital at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance in April of 2022.