Andrew Rader, countertenor

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As well as being a member of LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music, countertenor Andrew Rader is a two-time graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and has performed with Magnificat Baroque and ¡Sacabuche! Ensemble, throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. In addition, he has been involved in numerous solo and choral performances with Music City (formerly Belle Meade) Baroque of Nashville, Tennessee, Bourbon Baroque of Lexington, Kentucky, and Indianapolis Baroque. Sharing the stage with ARTEK, Marion Verbruggen Trio, AVE, Music’s Re-creation and Archetti, he has performed at the Boston, Chicago, Madison, Bloomington and Berkeley Early Music Festivals during recent seasons.

He is a founding member and Co-Director of Vox Reflexa, a chamber vocal ensemble formed in 2009 which is geared toward bridging the gap between antiquity and present day through chant melodies and texts. Within this ensemble, Mr. Rader is also the Director of the Vox Reflexa Consort, the portion of the ensemble crafted specifically for the performance of early works.

His stage experience includes Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Oberon) and Indiana University Opera Theater’s production of Händel’s Giulio Cesare, for which he sang the title role under the baton of Maestro Gary Thor Wedow and the stage direction of Tom Diamond. Recently, he was the countertenor cover for all countertenor roles in John Adams’ new Passion-Oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which premiered in March 2013 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellers.

Other solo engagements have included performances of Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat, along with numerous of his cantatas, Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art, Orff’s Carmina burana, Carl Smith’s Fire and Ice: Michelangelo the Writer, Händel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Schütz’ Weihnachshistorie, Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnaso, and recently, Dominick DiOrios’ Stabat mater dolorosa.

Throughout his singing career, he has sung under the direction of Warren Stewart, Dr. Murray Forbes Somerville, Dr. Raphael Bundage, Eiddwen Harrhy, and Eric Stark. His teachers include tenor Robert Harrison, soprano Linda Ferreira, mezzo-soprano Diane Pulte, soprano Christine Isley-Farmer and tenor Paul Elliott. In 2009, Mr. Rader was the first place winner of the Grace Moore Memorial Scholarship Competition, Young Artist Division, and in 2011, he was the Third Place winner in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award Countertenor Competition, held in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2014, he was the Third Place winner in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, Young Artist Division.

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