SING-TEAM THE VOICE FACULTY

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2015-2016 Roster

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MARQUITA LISTER, Soprano

Lecturer/ Applied Voice

mailto:marquita.lister@morgan.edu

http://www.marquitalister.com/

International opera star Marquita Lister has earned worldwide critical praise for the past two decades, during which time she has garnered kudos from critics and colleagues alike, while audiences the world over relish her interpretive dramatic capabilities in each operatic role.

Her repertoire includes the works of Verdi, Puccini, Gershwin and Strauss, and she has been heard in the most prestigious opera houses, including San Francisco, Houston, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Paris and La Scala. Her on-stage partners have included Placido Domingo, Justino Diaz, Frederica Von Stade, Marcello Giordani, Simon Estes and Sherrill Milnes, to name a few.

 Ms. Lister has appeared in television productions with the Boston Pops and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as on PBS in the broadcast, Live from Lincoln Center. She has recorded George Gershwin's Blue Monday and excerpts from Porgy and Bess for Telarc Records with the Cincinnati Pops, and can be heard on the Albany Records recording of Where the Sunsets Bleed by Edward Knight. In 2006, she recorded the critically acclaimed Porgy and Bess CD for Decca Records, which was hailed by Opera News as one of the best recordings of the year. In 2010, Cambridge Who’s Whonamed Ms. Lister “Professional of the Year in Performing Arts” and the honor of being included in its prestigious registry.

Ms. Lister holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Fratenity Inc, the National Association of Negro Musicians and is proud to be the spokesperson for the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation which named a scholarship in her honor and for which she has given a fundraising concert performance at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Lister continues to appear on a variety of television programs. She recently debuted a radio talk show series with noted radio host Doug Llewellyn and appears regularly on WAMU radio.

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SUZANNE S. CHADWICK, Mezzo-soprano

Adjunct in Applied Voice 

mailto:suzannemusic@comcast.net

http://suzanneschadwick.com/index.htm

Suzanne Chadwick’s active career features opera, oratorio and other solo engagements. Her recent New York debut with Opera Moderne received glowing reviews. The New York Times mentions George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” as the concert’s highlight. It further stated “The work’s mezzo-soprano (here the focused, … Suzanne Chadwick) moves from keening vocalise to ghostly lyricism.” Thousand Fold Echo.com wrote “a gorgeous performance ... Chadwick’s technique appeared to be made of nothing but musicianship, with meaning behind each eery vocalise and declamation.” She appeared as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s "Messa da Requiem" with the Austin Symphony and has been featured with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Landon Symphonette, Frederick Orchestra, as well as The Baltimore Opera Company. 

Washington National Opera featured Ms. Chadwick as Mother Superior in Jerome Kern's "Showboat". The Baltimore Opera Company kept her busy with several roles including: Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking", Dritte Magd in "Elektra", Hata in "Prodaná nevÄ•sta", Queen Enrichetta in "I Puritani", Giovanna in "Rigoletto", Rose in "Lakmé", Wowkle in "La Fanciulla del West", Handmaiden in "Turandot" and Jenny Carr in Stephen Paulus’ "The Village Singer". Lyric Opera of Baltimore (LOB), the new grand opera company of Baltimore, featured Ms. Chadwick in the inaugural season and production in the role of Annina for “La Traviata”. 

 Ms. Chadwick has also been the concert-ending soloist in two other concerts: one, billed as a “Celebration Concert” hosted and later broadcast by classical radio station WSCL; and the other of the Washington National Opera Chorus featuring Ms. Chadwick as Santuzza in the Ineggiamo Chorus of “Cavalleria Rusticana”. She made her Philadelphia operatic debut as Agnese in Bellini’s "Beatrice di Tenda" with Amici Opera. She's also performed the roles of Santuzza in Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana, Ulrica in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", and Pollina in Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades". Ms. Chadwick earned a Master of Music & Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance: Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

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Samuel McKelton, Tenor

Lecturer/Applied Voice

mailto:samuel.mckelton@morgan.edu

Sam McKelton whose lyric tenor led the New York Times to exclaim him “a model Mozart tenor…”, has traveled throughout the world delighting audiences in both the classical and pop worlds.

Mr. McKelton has appeared with many major symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles and, for three years, he traveled the world with superstar Harry Belafonte with whom he was featured in the 1997 PBS Special, Harry Belafonte and Friends.  He starred in an off-Broadway revival of the Broadway and London hit musical Five Guys Named Mo’, and was an original Broadway cast member of the Tony Award winning Disney musical The Lion King.

Among a small number of his appearances, Mr. McKelton has been seen in the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Indianapolis Opera directed by Henry Miller, and at the Royal Danish Opera in Denmark, as well as many concert and semi-staged productions, and in the title role of Udu in the musical/light opera by composer and trombonist Craig Harris with librettist and poet, the late Sekou Sundiata.  He sang the role of The Stranger in the New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s opera Markheim with the Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), and did a turn as Angel Levine in the critically acclaimed CCO production of The Angel Levine by Elie Siegmeister.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. McKelton continues to make concert and solo appearances around the country and makes appearances on behalf of the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation as one of the organization’s Honorary Lifetime Members.  He is a member of the famed, American Spiritual Ensemble, and frequently appears as a guest artist and gives master classes at schools and universities across the U.S.  He recently sang the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s opera, Robeson, and participated in the mounting of Anthony Davis’ new work Five, based on the Central Park Five case.  As well, he went on two cultural exchange missions to Bolivia and Ecuador on behalf of the U.S. State Department.  In the fall of 2015 Mr. McKelton will join the voice faculty at NYU-Tisch School of Drama as Adjunct Professor of Voice.  Visit his upscale custom vests and accessories clothing line at:  www.facebook.com/UpstagebySamuelLavaughn.   

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RIDLEY CHAUVIN, Baritone

Assistant Professor/Applied Voice/Vocal Pedagogy

 mailto:ridley.chauvin@morgan.edu

Baritone, Ridley Chauvin, is one of today’s most sought after vocal instructors. As a part of his recent doctoral work at Louisiana State University, Chauvin had the opportunity to complete intensive studies in vocal pedagogy and voice science. In New York City, Chauvin spent more than twenty years coaching professional singers, many of whom grace the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, and Broadway. Former students include international opera star, Denyce Graves, Grammy Award winner Derek Lee Ragin and members of the famous Jackson family.

A graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, and Louisiana State University, he has studied voice with some of the leading vocal pedagogues in the United States: Helen Hodam, Phyllis Curtin, Dr. William Riley, Elena Nikolaidi, Edward Zambara, and Edith Bers.

Ridley Chauvin has been seen in opera and concert performances in the United States and Europe, making his Carnegie Hall debut in Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul with The American Symphony Orchestra in 1992. In opera, the baritone enjoys a wide range of repertoire from Monteverdi to world premieres of contemporary opera. He also enjoys performing traditional roles in the operas of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Massenet. Concert highlights include Bach’s St. John’s Passion; Bach’s Coffee Cantata; Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Missa Brevis in A; Faure’s Requiem with the New York Choral Society; the Brahms Requiem with the American Kodaly Association; the Bach B-Minor Mass with the West Village Choral Society; and the Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio with composer, Daniel Pinkham. In recital, the baritone was chosen to perform an entire Poulenc song cycle with baritone Gerard Souzay in Boston, and sang several recitals while at The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Festival.

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VINCENT DION STRINGER, Bass-Baritone

Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Vocal Studies & Director of Opera

mailto:vincent.stringer@morgan.edu

www.vincentstringer.com

Vincent Dion Stringer, Bass-Baritone has been critically acclaimed by the Boston Globe “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 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 since 2004 and is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Artistic Director of Opera at Morgan. 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.

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LESTER GREEN, D.M.A 

Adjunct - Lyric Diction and Collaborative Pianist

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. 

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MARVIN MILLS

Adjunct - Collaborative Piano

Marvin Mills a vocal coach, collaborative pianist, organist, and conductor is a member of the SINGTEAM Faculty (Scholars Invested, Nurturing Greatness, Teaching Excellence, growing Artistry and building Musicianship) as staff collaborative pianist in the Morgan State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts and serves as the assistant music director for the Opera at Morgan.

 

Mr. Mills made his theatrical conducting debut with the Washington Savoyards in its production of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. Active as a vocal coach/accompanist, he has served as vocal coach for the famed Sweet Honey in the Rock; the acclaimed soprano, Marquita Lister and can be heard as arranger and accompanist on a disc of spirituals with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Angels Watching Over Me.

Mr. Mills has performed throughout the United States in such places as The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Barns, Wolf Trap Farm Park as well as historic churches in Krakow, Poland. He has appeared as guest artist with numerous choral groups including the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Folger Consort, Fairfax Choral Society, MasterSingers of Wilmington (DE), and Eastern Michigan University Chamber Choir. In the spring of 1992 Mr. Mills performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a weekly series of fourteen programs on the 96 rank Rieger organ at All Souls Church, Unitarian. He made his west coast debut in July 1992 at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion International Organ Summer Concert Series in Balboa Park, San Diego and his New York City recital debut in July 1993 at the Riverside Church; returning in 2003. Concerto appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony with conductor Isaiah Jackson (Rheinberger g minor), the Johns Hopkins Symphony (Rheinberger F major) and the Peabody Symphony (Rheinberger g minor). He has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony in concertos by Handel, Rheinberger and Jongen as well as Hindemith’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra. During the inaugural festival of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, Dobson organ Op. 76, in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, he was the first of five recitalists for the Saturday marathon.

For several years Mr. Mills has been a featured artist at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival as recitalist, chamber musician and choral conductor - preparing the Festival Chorus for major works such as: Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Handel’s Samson. Mills is organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland. He is also music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble, and guest artist with the Ritz Chamber Players, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Previous positions include Associate Minister of Music at National City Christian Church, Director of Music at All Souls Church, Unitarian, and University Organist at Howard University, all in Washington, DC. He earned a B.M. in organ from Westminster Choir College and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Organ from Peabody Conservatory of Music.