Howard Swyers - Baritone

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Howard Swyers is completing his doctoral degree at Indiana University in voice and has a performance background in both opera and contemporary music. Swyers has performed over 12 opera roles, most recently as Scarpia in the Indiana University Opera Theater production of Tosca. Other roles have included Gulglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and as the title character in Falstaff. In 2002 he sang with the Chicago Chamber Players at the 80th birthday celebration of MacArthur Fellow composer Ralph Shapey. Swyers has performed as a soloist in numerous new music performances under conductors Jon Washburn and Carmen Helena Téllez. Minor fields in his doctoral degree program include music history and music technology. Swyers has an avid interest in technology and is an amateur composer/arranger. He pursued his undergraduate music education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where he was given the Thomas Annett Award for Outstanding Musician in 1998. He received his master’s in voice performance from Indiana University in 2003. Swyers has studied with Terence Kelly at La Crosse and Patricia Stiles at Indiana.