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Timothy Parsons (Counter-tenor)

Born: USA

The American counter-tenor and conductor, Timothy Parsons, He spent his formative years in historic Lexington, Massachusetts and Moultonborough, New Hampshire. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in Classical Voice Performance (Bachelor of Music) and Choral Conducting (Master of Music, a student of Kent Tritle).

Timothy Parsons is active as both soloist and ensemble singer in New York City, having performed with the Clarion Music Society, Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys (Fifth Avenue), Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Oratorio Society of New York, The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Canticum Scholare and weekly with the Schola Cantorum of St. Agnes. He is currently a member of the Grammy nominated Trinity Wall Street Choir. As a soloist he has been lauded for his “authority, ease, and elegant exuberance” and his singing has been praised by the New York Times as “particularly expressive, singing with pure, free tone.” As a performer of works old & new, he is confident and comfortable pushing the envelope as an interpreter.

Past performances have included J.S. Bach's St. Matthew’s Passion (BWV 244) at Saint Thomas Church and Clarion’s Russian Christmas program at Trinity Wall Street. Recent solo engagements have included George Frideric Handel's Messiah with Trinity Wall Street Choir, and with the Stamford Symphony, Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, and frequent appearances on Trinity’s acclaimed Bach at One series, for which he was praised as an “excellent vocal soloist.” Timothy Parsons was featured as a soloist for Manhattan School of Music Chamber Chorale in J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232), under the direction of Kent Tritle (February 2014). In 2015, he made his debut with the PROTOTYPE Festival, performing in the world premiere of Du Yun and Royce Vavrek’s Angel’s Bone. Previous seasons have included a national tour of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Apollo's Fire (Director: Jeannette Sorrell), G.F. Handel's Saul at the Twelfth Night Festival, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vespers at the Quebec Festival with the Clarion Music Society, a concert of J.S. Bach, Arvo Pärt, and Ligeti at Bargemusic with the Knights, and the world premiere of Michael Harrison’s Tesselations with Contemporaneous. He also sang as a member of the vocal ensemble during the annual Film Night at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of John Williams and with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their 360 series presenting scenes from W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Park Avenue Armory. As a soloist he has been seen at the Manhattan School of Music as Udolin in Schubert’s The Conspirators, where he was praised by Opera News for his “high register” and at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he performed Arsace in Alessandro Scarlatti's La Principesse fedele.

Timothy Parsons has a particular interest in the development and performance of new works, having performed world, USA and New York premieres at MSM and at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, Distinguished Concerts International of New York (DCINY), and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir, of which he is a founding member. He recently conducted that ensemble in two performances of Veljo Tormis’ Sügismaastikud. Additionally, he conducted two world premieres under the auspices of the MSM composition department. In 2011, he premiered Thomas Stumpf’s song-cycle Drei Mondlieder, written for him.

On the subject of his recent performances of G.F. Handel's Messiah with Trinity Wall Street Choir, the New York Times hailed “…a more pronounced willingness to take risks. The countertenor Timothy Parsons belted out the final words of ‘But Who May Abide’ in full, startling chest voice.” The 2016-2017 season includes international performances in Russia, the UK, Canada, Cuba, and Panama. Timothy Parsons will make appearances as soloist in G.F. Handel's Messiah in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, as soloist in J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) in the Le Festival Bach de Montréal, J.S. Bach's John Passion (BWV 245) with New York Baroque Incorporated. He will appear with the Clarion Choir in their groundbreaking tour giving the Russian Premieres of Steinberg’s Passion Week, and will return to Havana’s Musica Antigua festival.

Source: The Helicon Foundation. Website (2017); Ad Astra Music Festival Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Kent Tritle


V-4 (2014): BWV 232

Julian Wachner


[BO-45] (2015, Video): BWV 13
[BO-46] (2015, Video): BWV 111
[TN-1] (2015, Video): BWV 133, BWV 7
[BO-50] (2016, Video): BWV 128
[BO-51] (2016, Video): BWV 168
[BO-52] (2016, Video): BWV 136
[BO-55] (2016, Video): BWV 154
[BO-56] (2016, Video): BWV 178
[BO-57] (2016, Video): BWV 69
[BO-59] (2016, Video): BWV 139
[BO-60] (2016, Video): BWV 173, BWV 169
[BO-62] (2016, Video): BWV 161

Links to other Sites

Timothy Parson - Countertenor (Helicon)
Timothy Parsons on Facewbook
Timothy Parsons on Twitter
Jephtha Cast (Ad Astra Music Festival)

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