Aug292011

Grammy Award-Winning Tenor John Aler Joins Music Faculty

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By Catherine Ferraro

John Aler

John Aler. Photo courtesy of John Aler

John Aler, world-renowned American tenor and four-time Grammy Award winner, joins Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts as an associate professor of voice in the School of Music this fall.

For the past year, Aler has provided private music instruction in voice as an adjunct faculty member.

With an extensive discography, Aler can be heard on more than 60 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards for best classical album, best opera recording and best classical vocal soloist performance.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Aler as a full-time associate professor,” says Dennis Layendecker, director of the School of Music and Heritage Chair in Music.

“John is one of the most acclaimed and admired singers on the international stage. We are confident that his extensive performance experience and teaching talent will greatly benefit both students and faculty in the School of Music,” adds Layendecker.

As an accomplished soloist, Aler performs throughout North America with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe, he has appeared with some of the world’s most respected conductors and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Orchestre National de France. He has also performed at some of the world’s major opera houses, including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Washington Opera.

Aler is also a regular performer at major American summer festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Grand Park Music Festival. His extensive teaching experience includes the Maryland Opera Society, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Atlantic Union College.

Aler holds bachelor of music and master of music degrees in vocal performance from the Catholic University of America.

In his role as a voice professor, Aler will continue to provide private music instruction and work with students to develop solo and ensemble musical and dramatic skills in the performance of opera and musical theater works. In addition, he will help address the needs of the student artist in the process of learning various styles of singing, and role and chorus preparation.

“I am honored to be joining Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts full time and am excited that I can continue working with the amazing and talented faculty and students in the School of Music,” says Aler. “I believe the School of Music has a very bright future, and I look forward to being a part of the rich academic and artistic environment at Mason.”

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