Everett McCorvey

Director of Opera, Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies
Voice

Degrees:
DMA University of Alabama 1989
MM University of Alabama 1981
BM University of Alabama 1979

At UK since: 1991

Everett McCorvey, tenor, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. He has performed in many cities around the world and theaters across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Whitewater Opera Company, Radio City Music hall, Birmingham Opera Theater, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, as well as performances throughout Spain, the Czech and Slovac Republics, Austria, Japan, China, Brazil, Poland, Portugal and Hungary. He is tenor soloist on two CD recordings conducted by Maestro Julius Williams, one entitled Symphonic Brotherhood featuring the Bohuslave Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra performing the symphonic works of African-American Composers released in the fall of 1994, and one entitled The American Soloist featuring the Dvorak Symphony in Praue, Czech Rebuplic released the fall of 2004 highlighting new American works. He has returned to the Czech Repbulic to perform with the Bohuslave Martinu Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Kirk Trevor as well as to the Slovac Republic. He has also appeared in television movies and feature films including The Long Walk Home.

Dr. McCorvey’s operatic roles include Don Jose in Carmen, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio inDon Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Puck in La Grande Duchess de Gerolstein, and many others. Orchestra and Oratorio works include the Beethoven Symphony #9, Mendelssohn’sElijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the St. MatthewPassion, among others.

As a recitalist, Dr. McCorvey has given concerts, masterclasses and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and with his wife, soprano Alicia Helm. Dr. McCorvey presented a recital and Master Classes in Beijing, China and recently returned from Warsaw, Poland where he performed with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra as a part of a commemoration concert for the events of September 11th. Dr. McCorvey is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble,www.americanspiritualensemble.com, a group of 24 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African-American composers. In the 14 year history of the group, the group has presented over 100 concerts including 13 tours of the United States and 13 tours of Spain. The American Spiritual Ensemble has released three CD’s, On My Journey Now – The American Spiritual Ensemble on Tour, Ol' Time Religion, and the recently released Lilly of the Valley CDIn March of 2004, The American Spiritual Ensemble was invited to Madrid by the city of Madrid to present a commemoration concert dedicated to the victims of the March 11th bombing in Madrid. In February of 2007, PBS presented a nationwide special on the American Spiritual Ensemble. In February of 2009, the American Spiritual Ensemble will be featured in a concert in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the 200th Birthday of Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. McCorvey toured the United States, Europe and the Far East with the Sherwin Goldman Production of Porgy and Bess. In 1992 he played the role of Peter in the Asian debut of Porgy and Bess, in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. McCorvey has served on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York where he was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Conductor and is also a frequent advisory panelist and on-site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre program in Washington, D.C.

Dr. McCorvey is also a teacher and vocal advisor to many students in the profession. In 1998, Dr. McCorvey was chosen by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education as the Recipient of 1998 Acorn Award given by the Kentucky Advocates. This prestigious Award goes to only one Professor in the state of Kentucky who exemplifies excellence, innovation and creativity in teaching and research. Dr. McCorvey was also the recipient of an outstanding faculty award from the University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson Alumni Association for 1998 and was selected to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in the Arts from the Society for the Fine Arts at the University of Alabama, his Alma Mater, in February of 1999. Dr. McCorvey produced only the second full-length recording of The Tender Land by Aaron Copland with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre recorded in Zlin, Czech Republic and released January 2002, featuring singers from the University of Kentucky Opera Program with Kirk Trevor conducting the Boshuslave Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Two other CD’s have been released in 2008, one a world premiere of a new opera, The Hotel Casablanca, by Thomas Pasatieri, produced by Dr. McCorvey and performed by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and another a collection of songs by John Jacob Niles, performed by soprano Hope Koehler and produced by McCorvey. Both recording are on the Albany Records labelwww.albanyrecords.com.

Dr. McCorvey has served as guest Master Clinician at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artist in their Artist-In-Training Program and in the summers, Dr. McCorvey serves on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. He was recently selected to give a masterclass at the Voice Symposium held by renown professor of Otolaryngologist Robert Thayer Sataloff in Philadelphia.

The fall of 2004 Dr. McCorvey produced a CD for Metropolitan Opera Soprano Angela Brown which was released by Albany Records in October, 2004. The CD entitled Mosaic has received rave reviews. Ms. Brown, whose Metropolitan Opera Debut in the title role of Aida was called the most exciting debut since Leontyne Price, is a protégée of Dr. McCorvey’s. The CD release coincided with her MET debut.

Dr. McCorvey is also Vice-Chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He also serves on the board of the National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), and the Alltech World Equestrian Games Federation Board which will produce the Alltech World Equestrian Games in 2010, the larges Equestrian even in the history of the United States. Dr. McCorvey holds the rank of Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky. He is also the holder of the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky www.lexingtonopera.com. He is married to soprano Alicia Helm. They have three children.