My career in music has spanned many aspects of the discipline:
the performance of opera, oratorio, concert, and recital;
recording projects in opera, concert, and song repertoire;
writing and publishing musicology and criticism; writing opera
librettos; artistic directing; stage directing; and, teaching.
My life as an artist has been largely shaped by the music and lives
of Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears.
Likewise, the music of their contemporaries is of equal import
to me, namely Michael Tippett, Lennox Berkeley, William
Walton, and Priaulx Rainier, to name a few.
I count myself exceptionally grateful to have studied privately
with the late tenor Philip Langridge in England, whilst a
Presser Fellow. Such study also opportuned the beginnings
of my work with the great tenor Neil Mackie, CBE, with whom
I continue to work when in the UK.
I am thrilled that I am a 2020-2021 US Fulbright Scholar to
United Kingdom — hosted by University of Surrey, Guildford.
While I will be centered in London during the Fulbright, I will
be doing a considerable amount of research and writing for
my monograph: The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts:
A History of the Britten and Pears Era, 1948–1986 (Boydell Press),
which will be released for the 75th Aldeburgh Festival in 2023,
taking into consideration the unfortunate cancellation of the
2020 Aldeburgh Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But,
whilst in London, I’ll also be working with students at Surrey
and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I’ll
also be appearing in concerts and recitals in England, France, and Portugal, including performances of Britten’s The Company
of Heaven (1937) and Haydn’s Nelsonmesse with the Bury Bach Choir at the St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
One of my great joys of the past few years was serving as Director of the international fine arts conference Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium (24-27 October 2013) on the campus of Illinois State University, where I am Artist Teacher of Voice and Associate Professor of Music. Honoring Britten in this way, seeing thirty-three of his opuses performed, and bringing together many of the world’s leading Britten scholars to my home state remains a highlight. Our emphasis was focused solidly on collaboration – something we feel would have pleased our honoree, but is a hallmark of
our community of artists at Illinois State University.
This site is primarily intended to relay my professional work as a performer, artist-teacher, and writer. But it is also a way for you, dear traveler, to reach out to me and engage in conversation about art, music, and singing.
One of my passions is learning about new and obscure song and operatic literature, as well as hearing about the most recent news in scholarship; don't hesitate to send me an e-mail or make a post.
I am a frequent performer of newly composed works, premièring and recording numerous song cycles that I either commissioned or happily, which various composers have written for me.
I'll share updates as they happen.
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Tenor | Opera Singer | Musicologist | Britten Specialist | Recital Artist | British Music Researcher | Voice Professor