BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Clear Spring, Maryland, tenor David Myers, Jr. resides in South Portland and performs as a soloist with various choral groups throughout Maine and New Hampshire. He most recently appeared as "Slushie Guy" in University of Southern Maine's world premiere of Girl In Six Beats, a chamber opera in one act commissioned by Opera Maine with music by Daniel Sonenberg, and he performed as a featured soloist in December of 2017 with the Down East Singers and Bowdoin Chorus as they each presented Celtic Christmas concerts highlighting works by Desmond Earley. David's recent portrayals also include Fenton in USM's full staging of Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Uriel in the Down East Singers' presentation of Haydn's The Creation, the Evangelist in the Bowdoin Chorus' production of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, and both the drunken monk and the roasted swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Lincoln Arts Festival Chorus.

 
David has been praised for his "beautifully polished" tone and "attractive tenor sound" by former New York Times critic Allan Kozinn. Composer Aaron Robinson has described him as having "...an incredible voice, but even more so, such a humble and sincere nature to accompany it".


Since moving to Maine in 2008, David has performed with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Mentors Orchestra, and the Colby Symphony Orchestra, and he has been featured as a soloist with such groups as Down East Singers, Bowdoin Chorus, Rachmaninoff Choir, Lincoln Festival Chorus, Sheepscot Valley Chorus, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, Bach Festival Chorus, and Nativity Lutheran Church Chorus.

Although classically trained, David enjoys exploring many genres and styles of music. In 2014, David appeared in a production of The Legend of Jim Cullen at Heartwood Theater in Damariscotta, Maine, a fully-staged dramatic musical written by Griff Braley with original Broadway-style music composed by Aaron Robinson. Several years later, David was also involved in a series of performances of David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which required him to sing and play various percussion instruments simultaneously. 

David earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland and recently earned his Master's Degree in vocal pedagogy at the University of Southern Maine where he studied voice with esteemed soprano Ellen Chickering. David is the choir director at North Yarmouth Congregational Church in North Yarmouth, Maine, where he also teaches voice students (as well as in his South Portland studio), placing special emphasis on healthy singing technique. For more information about voice lessons and pricing, contact David here.

David is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as well as an associate member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In August of 2019, David became the new Executive Director of the Portland String Quartet Society, formerly known as the LARK Society for Chamber Music, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote chamber music and music education in the state of Maine, largely by supporting the activities and musical leadership of the Portland String Quartet. To learn more about the Quartet as well as the PSQ Society, click here.

© 2019 by David Myers, Jr.

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