B.S. Music Education, Voice – West Chester University M.M. Early Music Vocal Performance – Longy School of Music D.M. Early Music, Voice – Indiana University
Highly sought after as a specialist in historical performance, tenor William Hudson has been described as “positively hypnotic” by Gramophone magazine. An accomplished ensemble singer, Mr. Hudson has performed with many of the nation’s leading ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, The New York Collegium, The Waverly Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Boston Bach Ensemble, and Ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN). Mr. Hudson also enjoys an active solo career, singing the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the title role in Carissimi’s Jephte, Lucano in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mercury in Eccles’ Judgment of Paris, and A. Stradella’s oratorio San Giovanni Battista with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Israel. Dr. Hudson is the director and founding member of LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music (formerly Liber unUsualis), which has become the foremost interpreter of late medieval music in the United States. LIBER continues to maintain an active schedule, performing extensively throughout the Americas and abroad at international music festivals in England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, and Ecuador. A proponent of new music, Dr. Hudson has performed Steve Reich’s Proverb and premiered Howard Frazin’s Abraham and Isaac for the Composers in Red Sneakers, a Boston-based composers collective. Dr. Hudson has also premiered Lansing McCloskey’s Solsange, a work commissioned for LIBER and recorded on Albany Records. An active scholar and clinician, Dr. Hudson was the winner of the 2009 Noah Greenberg award and has presented at the 2011 International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. He has been on faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival and led master-classes and given lecture-demonstrations in performance practice at universities throughout North and South America. He has recorded with Naxos, Passacaille, Arsis, Titanic, Albany, and Dorian and can be heard on the Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music. Dr. Hudson began his teaching career as a middle school choral director in Pennsylvania and Southern Maryland. He has taught voice and music history at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and was an Associate Instructor of voice at Indiana University. He currently teaches studio voice and lyric diction at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has done extensive research in the anatomy and physiology of the singing voice with Dr. George Geyer, M.D. and pedagogical study with Paul Kiesgan.