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William Hudson (Tenor)

Born: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USAn

The American tenor and music pedagogue, William Hudson, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, Voice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1987-1991); his Master of Music degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music (1995-1998); and his Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance, Early Music from Indiana University in Bloomington (2005-2012).

Highly sought after as a specialist in historical performance, William Hudson has been described as "positively hypnotic" by Gramophone magazine. An accomplished ensemble singer, he has performed with many of the nation's leading ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, New York Collegium, Waverly Consort, Rose Ensemble, Boston Bach Ensemble, and Ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN). He also enjoys an active solo career, singing the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245), Apollo in Monteverdi's Orfeo, the title role in Carissimi's Jephte, Lucano in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Mercury in Eccles' Judgment of Paris, and A. Stradella's oratorio San Giovanni Battista with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Israel.

William Hudson is the director and founding member (since 1995) of LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music (formerly Liber unUsualis), which has become the foremost interpreter of late medieval music in the USA. LIBER continues to maintain an active schedule, performing extensively throughout the Americas and abroad at international music festivals in England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, and Ecuador.

A proponent of new music, William Hudson has performed Steve Reich's Proverb and premiered Howard Frazin's Abraham and Isaac for the Composers in Red Sneakers, a Boston-based composers collective. He has also premiered Lansing McCloskey's Solsange, a work commissioned for LIBER and recorded on Albany Records.

An active scholar and clinician, William Hudson was the winner of the 2009 Noah Greenberg award and has presented at the 2011 International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. He has been on faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival and led master-classes and given lecture-demonstrations in performance practice at universities throughout North and South America. He has recorded with Naxos, Passacaille, Arsis, Titanic, Albany, and Dorian and can be heard on the Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music.

William Hudson began his teaching career as a middle school choral director in Pennsylvania and in Southern Maryland. He has taught voice and music history at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky (July 2011-June 2012) and was an Associate Instructor of voice at Indiana University. He has done extensive research in the anatomy and physiology of the singing voice with Dr. George Geyer, M.D. and pedagogical study with Paul Kiesgan. He is an Assistant Professor of voice and vocal pedagogy at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He currently lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Source: Illinois Wesleyan University Website; LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music Website; William Hudson profiles on LinkedIn & Facebook; Photo 01: Tall & Small Photography
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Aryeh Oron (February 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Michael McCraw


Bloomington Bach Cantata Project Video (2012): BWV 18

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William Hudson, tenor (LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music)
William Hudson (IWU)

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