William Gorton, Tenor

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 Brittenís Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, the Opera Center of the San Francisco Opera, among others, and has recorded with the Russian National Orchestra.

Williamís 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 Schumannís Dichterliebe and songs of Richard Strauss. Handelís Messiah performances such as the nationally acclaimed festival at Bethany College in Kansas, which included Bachís St. Matthew Passion, were broadcast statewide. Oratorio credits include Verdi and Mozartís Requiems and Beethovenís 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 the role of Don Jose in Carmen with Stockton Opera and the Bear Valley Music Festival, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Bay Shore Lyric Opera, and Riccardo / Gustavo in San Francisco Lyric Opera's production of Un Ballo in Maschera

William is also a skilled conductor and composer. He served as Director of Music for St. Michael & All Angel's Church in Concord, California, then at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia. While in Virginia, William founded the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, a 501(c)(3) organization that performs concerts of large works with orchestra twice yearly in the Richmond region. William is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. His compositions include numerous art songs for voice and piano, as well as choral anthems, church service pieces, and a newly completed Te Deum.

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