OPERA FACULTY

VINCENT DION STRINGER, M.M. | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Vincent Dion Stringer, Bass-Baritone has been critically acclaimed by the Boston Globe a “A First-class bass-baritone” for his performances of German Lieder.  He holds a M.M. in opera performance with distinction from Longy School of Music.  He is founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed New England and National Spiritual Ensembles and is founder of The Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop at Morgan State University. Mr. Stringer has appeared in Opera, Oratorio and Recital throughout the United States, Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. He has been featured artist in performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center, Edinburgh, and Marlboro Music Festivals among others. He is an advocate of new music and has premiered solo and operatic works by Phillip Glass, James Lee, III, Elizabeth Swados and T.J. Anderson.

Mr. Stringer has served on the voice faculty at Morgan nine years and is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Artistic Director of the Morgan State University Opera and Faculty Advisor for the Pi Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Association of Negro Musicians and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.

Email: vincent.stringer@morgan.edu 

 
LESTER GREEN, D.M.A | MUSIC DIRECTOR

Since childhood, Lester Green has been winning over audiences with his personality and musical touch. A native of South Carolina, his early music education was in the impromptu Gospel and Spiritual traditions of the African American Church. His first formal piano studies were at age 13 with Phil Frothingham. He later studied extensively with keyboard masters Charles Fugo, Ann Schein, Marian Hahn, and Rita Sloan.  A magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, Green went on to attain a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He earn a Doctorate of the Musical Arts from the University of Maryland College Park in Collaborative Piano. 

Lester Green has demonstrated his versatility and skill in solo, collaborative, and theatrical performances with the esteemed Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Aspen Music Festival, and Heifetz International Institute and Music Festival, with appearances in locations ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to Cortona, Italy to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.  Described as a “natural teacher and musician,” Green is much sought after as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.  He has written and arranged music for Gospel choir, and has composed for and collaborated with renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop.  

Green is on the faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute, and has served on the faculties of The Peabody Institute and Morgan State University, Baltimore.  He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. 

Email:lester.green@morgan.edu