William Gorton, Tenor

Dr. William Gorton, tenor, has performed extensively in venues on the West Coast and sung numerous engagements around the USA and Europe. A solid and versatile singer, he has appeared with Opera Pacific, Festival Opera, Sacramento Opera, Rogue Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Orchestra X of Houston, Opera Santa Barbara, the Stockton Symphony in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, the Opera Center of the San Francisco Opera, among others, and has recorded with the Russian National Orchestra.

William’s interpretive artistry has been enjoyed by audiences of the San Francisco Opera Guild and the San Francisco Opera Center in gala concerts, as well as of the Hampton Recital Foundation in Schumann’s Dichterliebe and songs of Richard Strauss. Handel’s Messiah performances such as the nationally acclaimed festival at Bethany College in Kansas, which included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, were broadcast statewide. Oratorio credits include Verdi and Mozart’s Requiems and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. William is the recipient of several awards, including Finalist in the National Opera Association competition and Merola Opera Program auditions, and Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. His latest roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Arizona State University Opera Program, and Rodolfo in La Boheme, with Muddy River Opera company in Quincy, IL. William received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from ASU, and subsequently taught studio voice and opera at Millikin University.

William is also a skilled conductor and composer. He currently serves as Artistic Director/Conductor for the New Jersey Masterchorale, which performs twice yearly with an orchestra comprised of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra & Friends. This directorship is an extension of his role as Director of Sacred Music at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. His compositions include numerous art songs for voice and piano, as well as choral anthems and church service music. His Te Deum was premiered recently in concert with the New Jersey Masterchorale, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra & Friends, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale.

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