Highly sought after as a specialist in historical performance, tenor William Hudson has been described as “positively hypnotic” by Gramophone magazine. An accomplished ensemble singer, Dr. Hudson has performed with many of the nation’s leading early music ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, The New York Collegium, The Waverly Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Boston Bach Ensemble, and Ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN).
As a founding member and director of LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music (formerly Liber unUsualis), he has performed extensively throughout North America and abroad at international music festivals in England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France, Latvia, Estonia, and Spain. Dr. Hudson also enjoys an active solo career, singing the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the title role in Carissimi’s Jephte, Lucano in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mercury in Eccles’ Judgment of Paris, and A. Stradella’s oratorio San Giovanni Battista with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra.
An active scholar and clinician, Dr. Hudson was the winner of the 2009 Noah Greenberg award and has presented at the 2015 International colloquium, Philologie et musicologie II: des sources à l’interprétation poético-musicale (XIIe-XVIe siecle) in Rome, Italy. He has previously presented at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. He has led master-classes and given lecture-demonstrations in medieval performance practice at universities throughout North America. He has recorded with Naxos, Passacaille, Arsis, Titanic, and Dorian. Dr. Hudson holds a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from the Longy School of Music and a Doctor of Music in Early Music from Indiana University. He is an Assistant Professor of voice and vocal pedagogy at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.