University of Delaware
Department of Music

Patrick Evans

Baritone Patrick Evans joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in the fall of 1994, where his teaching responsibilities include applied voice, English, Italian, and French diction, as well as Opera Workshop. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, he holds the DM and MM degrees from the Florida State University, where he studied with Yvonne Ciannella and Janice Harsanyi, and the BM and BME degrees from the University of Montevallo, where he was a student of Benjamin Middaugh.

Dr. Evans has been a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has toured Japan in recital and orchestral performances with the Pacific Music Festival, founded by Leonard Bernstein. He has sung the role of Adam in Haydn's Creation under the baton of Robert Shaw, and created the role of the father in the world premiere of Tina Davidson's opera Billy and Zelda. He has sung All the Way Through Evening: Songs from the AIDS Quilt Songbook, his liturgical lecture/recital, in Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Baltimore, Wilmington, Puerto Rico, and at the Yale Divinity School. With pianist Djordje Nesic, Dr. Evans was recently chosen to sing in the Cleveland Art Song Festival, and has advanced to the Eastern Regional Round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award auditions.

With OperaDelaware, he has performed the role of Dancaire in Carmen, and will sing Schaunard in La Boheme in the fall of 2000. He also served as stage director for the workshop performances of Michael Ching's Opera Out of the Rain. A regular guest performer with the Brandywine Baroque ensemble, he will sing the world premiere of new settings of Shakespeare sonnets by composers Conrad Cummings and Peter Flint with the group in May of 2000.

Dr. Evans' students have won first place in many divisions of the Delaware Valley and Eastern Regional NATS auditions. In 1997, he was one of 12 young voice teachers selected nationally for the 10-day NATS Master Teacher/Intern program, where he studied pedagogical technique with the noted mezzo-soprano Glenda Maurice. He has served two terms as Delaware Governor for NATS.

He is Minister of Music at the Hanover Street Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, where he moderates OutRight, a support group for gay and lesbian teens and their straight supporters. He also plans and presents an annual Gospel Vespers service, using African, Caribbean, and African-American music, readings, and poetry. He will present a workshop on cantoring for the 2000 Westminster Conference on Worship and Music, sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

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