Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Voice Area Chair, Professor
Bio: Ken Prewitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, where he teaches applied voice. He previously taught at Emporia State University (Kansas), Lander University (South Carolina), and Bob Jones University (South Carolina). In the summer of 2013, Prewitt taught at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Prewitt received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from the University of South Carolina, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in voice performance from Bob Jones University. His distinguished teachers include Willis Patterson, Waldy Anderson, Glenda Maurice, Rachel Mathes, Richard Miller, Gene Ferguson, and coach Stephen Dubberly.
A tenor, Prewitt has sung major opera and oratorio roles with the Columbia Lyric Opera, Bob Jones Opera Association, Greenville (South Carolina) Chorale and Chamber Singers, Long Bay Symphony, Columbia Choral Society, Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Wichita Chamber Chorale, and Reno Choral Society. He has performed as an oratorio soloist in Bach's Magnificat, Bruckner's Te Deum, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Solemn Vespers, and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. His stage experience includes roles in Andrea Chenier, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, Faust, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Rigoletto. He has presented solo recitals in Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and South Carolina, and in Mexico City, Mexico; Seoul, South Korea; and Pohang, South Korea, as well as in Kazahkstan. Upcoming performances include Elijah (Detroit), The Emporer in Turandot (Kalamazoo) and Pulcinella (Grand Rapids)
Prewitt has served as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, language coach, stage director, and music director during his career. From 2002-05, he conducted the AMPHION Men's Ensemble in concerts throughout Kansas and Missouri. He has given master classes at Anderson (South Carolina) College, Barton County (Kansas) Community College, Bethel College (Kansas), North Greenville (South Carolina) University, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National University of Mexico, throughout Kazakhstan, and at Shorter College (Georgia). Additionally, he has served as Music Director for Flint Hills Christian Church in Kansas, and Trinity Bible Church and Heritage Bible Church in South Carolina.
Prewitt is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is the current president of Michigan NATS.
Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program