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Marquese Carter

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A rare combination of scholar, performer, and pedagogue, Marquese Carter (tenor) 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. Carter recently premiered Nathan Stang’s Tres sonetos de amor at the Midwest Composers’ Symposium, and is working on several collaborative projects with living composers.


Marquese Carter has passion for teaching, and completed coursework in voice pedagogy under the tutelage of Christopher Arneson and Kathy Kessler Price. At 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. Mr. 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. He looks forward to participating in the premiere of the new opera for high-schoolers Spirits by Anthony Plog this year.


As a scholar, Carter has presented peer-reviewed voice science research at the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing Convention in Boston, and was selected by the American Musicological Society as a 2013 Eileen Southern Travel Grant recipient. As a specialist in African American musical traditions, Carter was recently invited to present on the history of African American Art Song at the University of Maryland, College Park by the voice department. His forthcoming dissertation “The Black Madonna”: Exploring the Art Songs of Florence B. Price will feature previously unpublished manuscripts of Price’s art songs and will contain musical analyses of many of the published art songs.


Mr. Carter is a member of numerous learned organizations including NATS, AMS and the Society for American Music. Marquese is the president of Student NATS at IU and chaired the New Voice Educators Symposium voice research conference in February of this year. In addition to pursuing a Doctor of Music in voice at Indiana, he served as the instructor of undergraduate voice pedagogy (E-494), and taught secondary voice lessons. Marquese continues to study voice with Brian Horne.

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