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. Odé 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.
Earlier, Odé had 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, Rakhmaninoff, Shostakovich, Swanson, and Tchaikovsky.
His other professional teaching and research interests in 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.”
He has served on the business and music faculties of various universities in the United States, Taiwan, the UAE, and in Russia where he had frequently performed and had 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.