Dr. Chris Turner
Lecturer of Voice
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Chris Turner is a native of Pascagoula, MS where
he began singing at the age of five. He received his education at Mississippi College and Louisiana State University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in voice and church music and his doctorate in voice with vocal pedagogy emphasis.
Dr. Turner has twenty-five years of experience in church music serving congregations large and small in full-time, part-time, and interim capacities. An experienced and award winning vocalist, he has performed in a wide variety of performance genres from opera and oratorio to contemporary settings.
A sampling of the works in his repertoire include Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, the role of Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, and one of his most recent roles as Silvio in I Pagliacci performed this summer in Washington D. C. In addition, Dr. Turner's credentials include numerous musical theater revues and even the role of Professor Hill in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. He also does concerts and lecture recitals primarily in the Southeastern United States.
In terms of awards, Dr. Turner is a five time state and regional award winner with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. One year, he received the most prestigious award they offer, the Regional Governor's Award for the most outstanding vocal performance given at the conference. Other honors he has received include, Vocal Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, National Semi-Finalist in the Lois Alba Opera Aria Competition, and National Semi-Finalist in the Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition sponsored by the New York Oratorio Society.
Those with whom Dr. Turner has had the privilege to coach and/or study include Robert Grayson of LSU and New York City Opera, the famed German Lieder Coach Harold Heiberg at the University of North Texas, well known pedagogue Robert McIver of the Eastman School of Music, and internationally renowned vocal teacher and pedagogue Richard Miller of the Oberlin Conservatory.
Dr. Turner currently also serves on the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Assistant Professor of Voice, Vocal Arts Coordinator, and teaches music research in the DMA program.