A rare combination of scholar, performer, and pedagogue, tenor Marquese Carter is quickly distinguishing himself as talented young teaching-artist. Having premiered five new solo vocal and chamber works in the last three years, he is a specialist in the music of living composers. As a choral musician, Marquese has sung with such conductors as Barenboim and Salonen at venues ranging from the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to Carnegie Hall in NYC. Additionally, Carter recently appeared as a soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest as a professional fellow at Songfest at Colburn School. His collaborative album entitled “Percussing up a Storm” with Regina Baiocchi (composer) and Jimmy Finnie (percussionist) will be available Fall 2019.
Dr. Carter has a passion for teaching and completed coursework in voice pedagogy under the tutelage of Christopher Arneson and Kathy Kessler Price. While attending Westminster Choir College, he served as a volunteer lab assistant at the Presser Voice Lab and earned a Master of Music in voice performance and pedagogy with distinction. At Indiana University, he served as an Associate Instructor of applied voice and voice pedagogy. Carter has combined his love for outreach and new music by singing with Re-Imagining Opera for Kids (Bloomington, IN)—a company that presents live opera at primary and secondary schools throughout Monroe and Brown Counties. Marquese recently completed an educational outreach residency with Kentucky Opera, where he shared black history through song in “Oh, Freedom.”
Marquese has distinguished himself as a versatile scholar, with work ranging from voice science to musicology. Carter presented peer-reviewed voice science research at the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing Convention and his paper on symphonic nomenclature in the works of George Chadwick won him the Eileen Southern Travel Grant from the American Musicological Society (AMS). He recently presented “Viewing the Songs of Florence Price through a Womanist Lens” at the Herman C. Hudson Black Studies Symposium (Indiana University). As a specialist in African American musical traditions, Carter was invited to present on the history of African American Art Song at the University of Maryland. His forthcoming dissertation “The Black Madonna”: Exploring the Art Songs of Florence B. Price (underwritten by the Thomas Hampson Fund) will feature previously unpublished archival manuscripts of Price’s art songs and will contain musical analyses of several published art songs. Marquese has been a sought-after authority on the music of Florence Price, and has been interviewed by the New York Times and Harvard Radio. Mr. Carter is a contributing writer for the Black Grooves e-zine.
Marquese Carter earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music cum laude at the University of Louisville, and his Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy (Pedagogy Emphasis) from Westminster Choir College. Marquese Carter is a doctoral candidate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.