Randal Rushing, Tenor, Professor of Voice, and Director for the School of Music, is a gifted soloist
of the concert and opera stage at home and abroad. He made his Lincoln Center debut
this season in Handel's Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall. Upcoming performances include
Messiah at Carnegie Hall, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with Virginia Symphony, and Handel's Judas Maccabeus with the Shreveport Symphony. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Peter Schreier
conducting, as soloist for the Messiah, and with the 21st Century Consort as soloist in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. With Memphis Symphony he performed the Verdi Requiem. He made his fourth appearance at Carnegie Hall, singing the role of the Evangelist
in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the illustrious St. Cecelia Chorus, conducted by David Randolph. Rushing recently
returned to New York as tenor soloist in the U.S. premiere of Mendelssohn's Dürer Festmusik with the AmorArtis Orchestra under the direction of Stephen Somary.
Dr. Rushing made his début in 2001/2002 with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra
in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall as soloist in Mendelssohn's Lobegesang and in Finzi's Ode for St Cecelia. He was soloist for Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Mozart's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, where he also débuted in the American premiere of Bok's Missa Solemnis.
He has performed extensively throughout Germany, Switzerland, Central America, the
Czech Republic, and the United States. A recipient of the Rotary International Foundation
Scholarship, he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Rheinland in Köln,
Germany. This was followed by engagements with the Stadttheater Regensburg and Theater
der Stadt Heidelberg, guest soloist performances throughout Europe and regular appearances
on German and Swiss national and cable television. Rushing received his American training
and degrees from the University of North Texas and Arkansas Tech University.