Creative Director, Tenor, Scholar
Tenor, scholar, and pedagogue Marquese Carter has distinguished himself as a force for change in the world of classical music. Dr. Carter’s research on the art songs of Florence Price has been featured in numerous forums including the Society for American Music conference and the New York Times. Archival research for his dissertation The Poet and Her Songs: Analyzing the Art Songs of Florence B. Price was generously funded by the American Musicological Society Thomas Hampson Fund grant for song research. Carter serves on the board of the International Florence Price Festival, and has plans to create critical editions of Price’s song catalogue in the near future.
An active singer, Carter has performed works ranging from Bach cantatas to new music premieres throughout the U.S. He has collaborated with the Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble in debut performances of Florence Price art songs arranged for percussion. He has performed guest lecture recitals centering on African American music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Maryland-College Park. Carter served as a Stern Fellow at Songfest, and sang with Kentucky Opera’s Educational Outreach Company in February 2018. As a choral artist, he sang with Westminster Symphonic Choir at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center, as well as with Apollo’s Voice (Bloomington, IN) professional chorus for two seasons.
Dr. Carter is entering his second year as a member of the faculty at Georgia Southern University. As Assistant Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, Carter founded the Celebration of African American Music which provides opportunities for students to explore works by African American composers. Carter’s students have been accepted to regional young artist programs, and have won their categories at Southeast Regional NATS Auditions. In 2019, Dr. Carter was chosen out of over 500 applicants to join the prestigious NATS Teaching Intern Program at the New England Conservatory where he was the youngest participant. Carter has studied voice pedagogy and science under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Christopher Arneson, Kathy Kessler Price (Westminster Choir College), and Brian Horne (Indiana University).
In his spare time, Marquese maintains a blog on Medium (afrological_musiqology) where he shares thoughts on the voice, teaching, and his own personal narratives.
Dr. Carter holds the following degrees:
Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Louisville (2012)
Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance, Westminster Choir College (2014)
Doctor of Music in Voice and Music Literature, Indiana University (2018)
Marquese Carter Sings Price's "Feet o' Jesus" with Marimba ensemble
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