Dr. Chad R. Payton comes to Capital University as an Assistant Professor of Voice after teaching at Delta State University in Mississippi for five years. He teaches Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, and Applied Voice Lessons at Capital University, co-chairs the voice area, serves as faculty advisor for the Capital University SNATS Chapter, and hosts the Opera Lecture Series. In addition to teaching at Capital, he serves on the voice faculty at the nation's oldest young artist program for opera and musical theater, Seagle Music Colony, in New York during the summers. 

He made both his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center operatic debuts in Michael Ching's Corps of Discovery: A Musical Journey and recently sang the title role in Handel's Xerxes at Skidmore College in New York. Payton made his Italian chamber music debut at the International ClarinetFest in Assisi, and has performed Carmina Burana in Brazil. He is a frequent oratorio performer throughout the United States, and has performed at national and regional NATS conferences, regional College Music Society conferences, and recital tours with his professional chamber ensemble, Payton and the Pipes. 

He opened and maintains a private studio in New York City in the fall of 2016, and his private artists are performing at Merola Opera Program, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Philadelphia, and Seagle Music Colony this season. He has presented vocal masterclasses at Westminster Choir College, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Missouri, University of Kansas, Mississippi State University, and in Brasilia, Brazil. He was recognized as a national NATS Intern participant in 2014. Dr. Payton's voice students have won the national NATS competition, Hal Leonard's Vocal Competition, placed in various levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and are entering undergraduate and graduate programs of note throughout the United States.