The American counter-tenor, Gerrod Paagenkopf, received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2002), and his Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Houston (2006), where he was a graduate fellow with Professor Katherine Ciesinski. He was also trained at Madison Early Music Festival (2003, 2004), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop (2007), Amherst Early Music Festival (2007), Green Mountain Opera Festival (2010), and American Bach Soloists Academy (2011). His main teachers have been Rebecca Folsom (2009-present), Ilona Kombrink (1998-2002), Julia Faulkner (2002-2004), Katherine Ciesinski (2004-2009), and his voice coachers have been Max van Egmond, Judith Malafronte, Bruce Stasyna, William Lutes, Keith Chambers, Jo Anne Ritacca. He also attended master-classes with Julianne Baird, Leonardo Vordoni, Garnett Bruce, Martin Katz.
Gerrod Pagenkopf has been touted by the Houston Chronicle as having “an elegant bearing and a sweet, even sound.” He made his Amarillo Opera debut in October 2008 as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Other opera credits include Rinaldo in Rinaldo, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Refugee in Flight, Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Satirino in La Calisto, Arsamenes in Serse, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, the Sorceress, 2nd Witch, and Messenger in Dido and Aeneas, and Actéon in Actéon.
As a concert soloist, Gerrod Pagenkopf is a core artist with Ars Lyrica Houston, and has performed with ensembles including the Mercury Baroque Ensemble, the Bach Society of Houston, the Houston Chamber Choir, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Several Core Performance Dance Company, Ballet Florida, Orchestra X (Houston), and the Green Bay Symphony. He has performed as soloist in such masterworks as George Frideric Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), St. John Passion (BWV 245) Magnificat (BWV 243) and Mass in B Minor (BWV 232); Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria and Dixit Dominus; as well as numerous cantatas, oratorios, and other liturgical works of Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara, and Georg Philipp Telemann. Gerrod Pagenkopf currently resides in Boston.