He is a baritone singer, actor, choral conductor and
voice specialist who took his further education in music at the Southern
Methodist University in Dallas and the Wheaton Conservatory, Illinois.
In 1988 he became a member of the men’s ensemble
Chanticleer and during his 9-year stay with them he toured nationally and
internationally and made many recordings.
As a soloist he has performed in productions of both
of J.S. Bach’s “Passions”, Handel’s Messiah,
Britten’s Curlew River, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,
Mozart’s Mass In C, Conrad Susa’s Carols &
Lullabies and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas
Carols and was the opening soloist in Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber
of Fleet Street which was broadcast on PBS and became an Emmy Award
No stranger to the recording studio he has appeared on
more than 20 albums, which include his own Sweet Inspirational Worship:
The Niles-Merton Songs as well as Messiah by the American Bach
Soloists, The Gift of the Magi by David Conte, Josquin: Agricola,
Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe, The Music of Chen Yi, On the Air, Out
of This World, Reflections and Sing We Christmas by Chanticleer
and Voices: 1900-200 by the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
In the world of stage and screen he has had acting
roles in the theatre productions of America Tropical and Mama
Don’t Allow, sung on the soundtracks of Hellboy and Spy
Kids and recorded several commercial jingles.
In his role as choral conductor he has led many ensembles
such as the Pacific Boy Choir Academy, the San Francisco City Choirs, Soli
Deo Gloria in addition to several high school and church choirs.
When he isn’t singing or conducting he works in
his own voice studio and holds choral and voice clinics and workshops and
holds memberships with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the
California Music Educator’s Association, the Screen Actors Guild and
the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Teldec 16676 (CD: Wondrous Love: A World Folk Song
Arranger - Chen Yi