Faculty Artist Series: Christopher Sierra, tenor
January 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Office: Kimbrough 141
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-7804
Peruvian-American Tenor Christopher Sierra is recognized for his artistic sensitivity and versatility in repertoire ranging from Handel, Mozart, and Donizetti to Popov, Morrison, and contemporary premieres. He has sung 31 operatic roles to date and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, Spoleto Festival USA, Princeton Festival Opera, Long Island Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theater, among many others. Recent engagements include performing the title role in Vinci’s Catone in Utica with the Rutgers Baroque Players and Beppe in Pagliacci with the United Nations Symphony Orchestra.
On the concert stage, Dr. Sierra has performed works such as Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel Op.74 , Britten’s Les Illuminations Op.18, Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Upcoming engagements include performing Bach cantatas and arias as a featured soloist with The Harlem Chamber Players. He is also an active recitalist in the metropolitan area and the cofounder of Vocalis Consort, an ensemble dedicated to preserving the art of the song recital.
As a recording artist Dr. Sierra can be heard on The Flower of Beauty (2009) with The Westminster Choir, Landscape: Choral Music of Gerald Custer (2008) with Anam Cara, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Volume 2 (2007) with the Grammy nominated Westminster Williamson Voices. He has sung under the baton of David Robertson, Franz Welser-Möst, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Leon Botstein, and Emmanuel Villaume as a former member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir and NYC’s MasterVoices.
Dr. Sierra currently serves on the music faculty at Washington State University where he teaches applied voice and courses in vocal pedagogy, music literature, and ear training. He has taught applied voice at Monmouth University, Rutgers University, and Columbia University, as well as general music and choral ensembles at Hunter College Elementary School, 51st Avenue Academy, Yorkville East Middle School, and William Tennent High School. Dr. Sierra received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from Rutgers University, a Master of Education degree in Music Education from Columbia University, a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College.