George Wilkerson, Jr. (tenor) hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was born into a large family of musicians. He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Master of Arts degree in Music (Voice) from Morgan State University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia under the tutelage of Dr. Byron Jones. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Mr. Wilkerson has extensive experience in opera and musical theatre; most notably, performing the roles of Beppe in Pagliacci, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Professor Bhaer in Little Women: The Musical, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Jake in Side Show. He is also the tenor section leader/soloist for the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, where he has sung numerous oratorio and other sacred song solo selections, including “Frohe hirten, eilt eilet” from J.S. Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio).
Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Mr. Wilkerson taught for seven years at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, MD as the Director of Vocal Music and as the Music and Drama teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee Florida for three years prior to Calvert Hall. His solo voice students have successfully participated in district and state solo festivals and the NATS student auditions at the district, regional, and national levels receiving superior and excellent ratings. His ensembles performed very well, receiving a “Best in Class” distinction and superior ratings at district, state, and other major music festivals. Many of his students have successfully auditioned for and performed in All-State and All-Eastern choruses.
Mr. Wilkerson thoroughly enjoys the study of languages and is passionate about the study and performance of various styles of art song. Recent recitals included performances of On Wenlock Edge (Vaughan Williams), Poéme d’un jour, Op 21 (Faure), and Vier Canozenen, D. 688 (Schubert). He also presented a full recital of British and American art songs featuring Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12 (Quilter), Despite and Still, op.41 (Barber), Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain, op. 55 (Britten), and a set of songs by African-American composers Undine Smith Moore, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and John Wesley Work, III.Check Availability