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.
One of my great joys of the past few years was serving as
Director of the international fine arts conference Benjamin
(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