Critically acclaimed bass-baritone Vincent Dion Stringer's repertoire ranges from classic spirituals to new music.
Vincent Dion Stringer, bass-baritone is observing a career on the stage and in education spanning more than three decades. He is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. He is retired from Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is co-founder of Orpheus Music Global (OMG).
Mr. Stringer has trained in several New England institutions, including earning a Master of Music in Opera Performance with Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Art in Music from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Additionally, Stringer studied voice at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Well noted for his advocacy of contemporary opera and new music since the early 1990’s, Mr. Stringer is also a poet and has collaborated recently on a cycle titled Songs of Love and Loss (2012) with composer James Lee III which was published by Subito Music Publishing. As a soloist he premiered Let My People Go: A Journey Along the Underground Railroad (2005) by Donald McCullough for Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, the roles of the Native King and Elephant Foot in the Phillip Glass opera, The White Raven for the World Expo ‘98 in Lisbon, Portugal and repeated the roles in the summer of 2001 for the American premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.
In 1994, Mr. Stringer founded the New England Spiritual Ensemble of Boston and in 2001 founded the National Spiritual Ensemble in Washington, DC and served as the Artistic Director of both ensembles. He's orchestrated the Ensemble's extensive performances throughout the United States and Europe. Commissioned as a Master Teacher, Stringer leads workshops on the American Negro Spiritual and Vocal Master Classes across the country. Stringer has performed at the New England Bach Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, The Lisbon World Expo to name a few. His scholarly presentations have included master classes at UNC/Chapel Hill, Wilberforce University, Ohio; Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA; the Religious Arts Festival at East Carolina State University; the Montana Music Educator Association Convention, and Sacred Voices: A Sung Panel for Miami-Dade College.
His recordings include features on Baltimore's Mobtown Moon CD a Unique Interpretation of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, for Its 40th Anniversary released; The 2007 National Spiritual Ensemble recording Negro Spirituals Sing Me On Up To Heaven Chillun! ; the 1997 recording for Revels Records of Gospel and newly arranged Spirituals by John Andrew Ross Comin' up shouting! featuring him with the New England Spiritual Ensemble.