Professor of Opera and Musical Theater
Professor of Opera and Musical Theater, Dr. Young is an active vocal coach/accompanist/conductor. He received his BM in Music History from Baylor University. He also received his M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and his D.M.A. in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Miami. Young was awarded a Gramma Fisher Fellowship for study in accompanying and operatic coaching in Graz, Austria. As a vocal coach, Dr. Young has worked at Western Opera Theater in San Francisco and the Stadtstheater in Darmstadt, Germany. He has also been associated with the Florida Grand Opera and Gold Coast Opera companies.
In demand as a vocal accompanist, Dr. Young has played in concert with many notable artists including Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Joy Davidson, Joseph Evans, Sunny Joy Langton, Evelyn Lear, Helen Donath, Thomas Stewart, and Jana Young. Dr. Young is the co-director of the Miami Chamber Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of vocal chamber music. With his wife, soprano Jana Young, and clarinetist Margaret Donaghue, the group has performed throughout the United States. Most recently, they were invited to perform at the national convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and for the Nakamichi Concert Series in Boston. The group has recorded a CD of music for soprano, clarinet and piano by American composers. The CD will be released in 2006 on the Albany Label.
Dr. Young is also active as a conductor and recently conducted Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" for Amarillo Opera. Prior to his appointment at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Young served as the Program Director and Conductor for Opera Theater at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Among the highlights of his tenure there, Dr. Young premiered a new one-act opera of Thomas Sleeper and the U.S. premiere of Luigi Mancinelli's one-act masterpiece "Paolo e Francesca" composed in 1906, The latter was recorded on the Albany Label. Also at the University of Miami, Dr. Young was the director of the vocal coaching staff. In addition to his duties at Kennesaw State University Dr. Young has been on the coaching staff of the AIMS program in Graz, Austria, the University of Miami in Salzburg program, and serves as the Musical Director for "Solfest" - a summer opera seminar in Key West, Florida.
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