Everett McCorvey

Everett McCorvey


School of Music

Ensemble Directors
Director of Opera Theatre
Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies
Music Performance
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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 has performed in many cities around the world and theaters across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, 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 Slovak Republics, Austria, Japan, China, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Hungary, Mexico, Peru and France.  He joined the Tony Award winning Sherwin Goldman Production of PORGY AND BESS at Radio City Music Hall in 1982 and was also part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Debut Production of Porgy and Bess in 1985.

Dr. McCorvey is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 24 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African-American composers dedicated to keeping the American Negro Spiritual alive.  In its 25-year history, the group has presented over 500 concerts including 20 tours of the United States and 17 tours of Spain. Presently the American Spiritual Ensemble is the only professional ensemble of its kind dedicated solely to the American Negro Spiritual. Dr. McCorvey is also in his sixth season as the Artistic Director of the National Chorale of New York City.  

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 for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre program. He is currently on the summer faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan, and a frequent guest conductor with the Ocean Grove Choral Music Festival in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Dr. McCorvey is of the belief that every citizen in the country should find ways to give back to his or her community, city or country.  He has been active working to keep the arts as a part of the civic conversation and currently serves on many local, regional and national boards including his recent appointment by the Governor of Kentucky as the Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Arts Council. He is married to soprano Alicia Helm and they have three children.

Created 07/16/2021
Last Updated 02/21/2022