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Randall Umstead, tenor

Randall Umstead, tenor, has performed widely in both operatic roles and in concert music. He was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he also was selected to participate in the Tanglewood Bach Institute.  Dr. Umstead has recently sung the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, as well as in the Bach/Handel/Kaiser St. Mark Passion (1747) with Bach Society Houston. Dr. Umstead has an extensive concert repertoire, including Bach’s Mass in b minor, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C, Carissimi's Jepthe, Handel's Messiah, Acis and Galatea, and Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, Mozart's Mass in C minor and Requiem, Haydn's Missa in tempora belli, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Vaughan Williams' The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains. He has performed as a soloist with the Cliburn Festival, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Dallas Bach Society, Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia, Catacoustic Consort, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Irving Symphony, the Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Society of Dayton.

Dr. Umstead was as a quarterfinalist in the 2010 International Vocal Competition's-Hertogenbosch and was a finalist in the American Bach Society's 5th Biennial Vocal Competition.  Randall is active as a recitalist and has taught masterclasses throughout the United States and in South Africa.

Dr. Umstead currently holds the Charles W. Evans Chair in Voice at Baylor University, where he serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Voice in the School of Music.  He also serves Baylor as Chair of the Baylor University Faculty Senate. Dr. Umstead currently is in his first term as Texoma Region Governor for NATS, and he also is a member of the NATS Board of Directors.

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