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Gregory S. Mercer

Adjunct Instructor of Music


Degrees

MM, 2005, Manhattan Schl Music; BAM, 1973, Rollins Coll Winter Park


Bio

Gregory Mercer, tenor, has been hailed throughout the world for clartity and agility of his voice, his musicality, and his acting ability. He has sung over one hundred thirty operatic and musical theater roles, one hundred fifty orchestral and choral works, as well as three hundred fifty recitals in some forty countries and all fifty states.

In addition to his busy schedule as a soloist, he is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bel Canto Choral in Nassau County, Long Island, currently in his tenth season. His has also served as assistant conductor for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, for fifteen years, Hofstra University Mixed Chorus and the Amor Artis Chorale.

Mr. Mercer has been teaching at Hofstra University for twelve years as an adjunct professor and privately for several years prior to that.

He holds a Bachor of Music degree from Rollins College and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He also has taken post-graduate classes in conducting from Westminster Choir College, Eastman School of music and the Tanglewood Festival.     

GREGORY MERCER, TENOR
CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“A suave, full throated, resonant tenor

Both elegant and high spirited

…beautifully handled

A convincing and exciting performance!” 

               NEW YORK TIMES

“His brilliant, seductive tenor voice shone exquisitely

…obvious discipline and training

An astonishing, romantic acting ability

…irresistible gestures!”

               SALZBURGER NACHRICHTEN

“A handsome, unforced lyric tenor

A rich, full voice used with dignity and elegance

Technical virtuosity plus heart-felt conviction.”

               CALGARY HERALD

“A wonderful Mozart tenor! …refined and consistent

Intelligently controlled, yet strongly expressive.”

               OPERNGLAS, HAMBURG

“A round and velvety tenor voice

with a natural, clear production

His acting was radiant and thoroughly convincing.”

               OPERA INTERNATIONAL, PARIS

“He sang with gentle finesse,

an uncloying sweetness and vocal security.”

               LOS ANGELES TIMES

“…Bel canto singing

A fiery Italian temperament

His artistry was undeniably apparent.”

               PRAGUE NEWS

“…stylish Mozart

A flexible, attractively colored voice…nicely centered.”

               PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER

“His singing was solidly cultivated and musically polished

…hilarious comic acting!”

               WASHINGTON POST

“A stunning tenor voice!

Great comic versatility.”

               WASHINGTON REVIEW

“A natural, focused and secure voice…intelligently handled

An extraordinarily charming presence

Moving entertainment at its best!”

               GRAZ NEUE ZEITUNG

“Easy, refined and polished vocalism

Rich shading and nuance with dramatic and expressive accents.”

               GRAZ KLEINE ZEITUNG

 

“A beautiful, pure voice

Thoroughly rich and resonant…impeccable pitch

An extraordinarily insightful artist and musician!”

               ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

“An obvious vocal beauty and ease

…irreproachable musicality

A truly extraordinary style…perfect and delectable!”

               GRENOBLE DAUPHINE

“Lit up the performance!  A bright, clear tenor

Expressive and nuanced singing…every note a pleasure.”

               NEWARK STAR-LEDGER

“A beautiful, lyric tenor voice

A responsive and subtle instrument

…confidence with lack of ostentation.”

               ORLANDO SENTINEL

“A beautiful, focused and disciplined tenor voice.”

               RHEINISCHER MERKUR, FRANKFURT

“Agile coloratura and secure high notes.”

               OPERNWELT, FRANKFURT

“A light, floating, honeyed tenor…tailor-made for Rossini.”

               SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

“An attractive, clear, urgent ring to his sound                                                                   
A fabulous, stylish adeptness with small, quick note values             
Obviously a performer on the Olympic athlete level...

In his prime and feeling his oats!”

               BOSTON GLOBE

“Heroically handled Rossini’s fiendishly difficult writing.”

               PRAGUE POST

“Mastered Rossini’s very high tenor range.”

               PRAGUE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Mastered the many vocal and acting demands.”

               PRAGUE THEATER NEWS

“A light, perfectly constructed tenor voice

and a good interpretation.”

               WIEN STANDARD

“A masterfully cultivated and refined lyric tenor.”

               OBEROESTEREICHE ZEITUNG, LINZ

“Beautifully floated and spun high notes.”

               NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“Expressive and spirited singing.”

               NEW YORKER MAGAZINE

“An expert characterization…effective and convincing.”

               CONNECTICUT POST, BRIDGEPORT

"The most handsome Rossini tenor I have ever seen or heard!"

               STAMFORD ADVOCATE


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 003P (CP) VOICE Undergraduate
MUS 103C ADV PRIVATE INSTRUCT Undergraduate
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