Odé began formal vocal training at the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Michael Trimble and Jess Walters during which he obtained an interdisciplinary doctorate in Advertising, Marketing, and Educational Psychology. He holds a Performer Diploma in Voice from Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington, where he spent four years studying under Camilla Williams and Margaret Harshaw. He also holds a post-graduate Certificate in Solo Song Recital (under the direction of Victor I. Yushmanov) from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov.
Odé previously spent two years as a Fellow at Opera Music Theatre International (OMTI) in Newark, New Jersey, studying and performing under the artistic direction of Jerome Hines. His recital repertoire includes, but is not limited to, songs of Beethoven, Brahms, Elliot Carter, Glinka, Ives, Mussorgsky, Florence Price, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Swanson, "Duke" Ellington, and Tchaikovsky.
His other professional teaching and research interests include Promoting and Marketing the Arts, Music Business Management, and Teaching Management through Literature augment his international performing and recording experiences. This has been the case since 1986 upon completing his doctoral dissertation “Inducing College Students’ Opera Attendance: An Experimental Investigation of Affect.”
Odé served on the Business and Music faculties of various universities in the United States, Taiwan and Russia where he frequently performed. He spent an academic year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar performing and lecturing on marketing the Arts, Arts Administration, and Music Business Management at the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky.
He is currently a Professor of Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications at Canadian University Dubai, UAE, where he has been recognized by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority with the “ten-year UAE golden visa for persons with specialized talents”.