The American counter-tenor, Clifton Massey, holds a music education Bachelor's from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (Class of 1998) and a Masters of Music degree in Early Music Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Indiana University (Clas of 2008), where he studied with Paul Elliott, Alan Bennett and Paul Hillier.
Clifton Massey enjoys performing a variety of vocal styles with world-class musicians. Praised for his "depth of tone" by the Dallas Morning News and “impeccable phrasing and intonation” and as "an expressive marvel" by San Francisco Classical Voice, he strives for informed interpretations of styles from the Middle Ages to newly-composed pieces. Known for a deep commitment to musical excellence, he is often sought for oratorio and ensemble work throughout the Bay Area and beyond.At home on the concert and opera stage, he has appeared as Apollo in Tomaso Albinoni's Il Nascimento dell'Aurora with City Concert Opera, the sorceress in Purcell's King Arthur at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and as soloist with notable period-instrument groups including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Concert Royal NYC, American Bach Soloists (Director: Jeffrey Thomas), Dallas Bach Society, Bach Collegium San Diego, American Classical Orchestra, and has been featured on the Bach Vespers series’ at Holy Trinity Lutheran and Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Michael Tilson Thomas, Skitch Henderson, John Holloway, and Paul Hillier.
An eclectic taste in music has led to work with ensembles as diverse as electronica composers, bluegrass bands, gospel choirs, and vocal jazz groups.A proponent of high-level ensemble singing, Clifton Massey has sung with Ensemble viii, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Clerestory (August 2006-March 2013) and with the award-winning ensemble Chanticleer (August 2003-August 2005) with whom he performed over 200 concerts, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Concertgebou of Amsterdam, Tokyo Opera City and in a variety of the world's finest concert halls, as well as and the Early Music festivals of Berkeley, Bloomington and Boston. With them, he can be heard as a soloist on their recording "Sound in Spirit". In 2006, a group of alumni from that ensemble formed Clerestory, an acapella men's ensemble with whom he can be heard on their upcoming CD "Night Draws Near" available in October. He has recently (2015) relocated to the New York Cityarea and is a member of the professional Trinity Wall Street Choir.
As an educator, Clifton Massey seeks to instill a love of music and singing with young adults. As a clinician and educator, he works with area choral groups and currently directs the high school group Ecco of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, internationally known for their commitment to training the finest musicians of tomorrow.