B i o g r a p h y
Joshua May, lyric tenor, is an active performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. He has performed a variety of vocal repertoire and premiered works at such prestigious festivals and programs as the Atlantic Music Festival, Harrower Opera Workshop, Intermezzo Opera Festival, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Tyrolean Opera Program, Contemporary Americana Festival, Opera in the Ozarks Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Recent national operatic engagements include: "Rinuccio" in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi as a guest artist with the Flint Institute of Music and Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center in Flint, MI, “Ferrando” in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, and “Il Duca di Matova” in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Atlantic Music Festival, “Prince Paul” in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, a premier of Philip Martin’s The Family Plan as “Pietro” with both the Hartford Opera Theater and as a guest artist in performance at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, “Male Chorus” in The Rape of Lucretia and “Samuel Parris” in The Crucible. He has been praised for his dynamic performances of the Mozart operatic repertoire, which include the role of "Tamino"in Die Zauberflöte,
"Ferrando" in Così fan tutte, and "Don Ottavio"
in Don Giovanni.
Dr. May is an avid recitalist and oratorio singer, performing recently as a soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Dubois's Seven Last Words of Christ. He has performed frequently in both recital and concert performances throughout the United States. As a performer, his recitals have featured a variety of chamber music and solo vocal literature with special presentation of French Art Song. This season, Dr. May was featured as a faculty performing artist in recital at the University of Michigan-Flint this spring. During the 2017-2018 season, he has been a featured performer in the Rainbow Recital. This recital presents LGBTQ opera, art song, musical theater, and cabaret music created by LGBTQ artists.
Dr. May is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera Director at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Prior to his appointment at CSU, he taught on the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint. He served as the director of the opera workshop and opera outreach program at UM-Flint. The opera outreach program produced three touring productions, which reached over 10, 000 students and community members across the state of Michigan. He produced and directed three main stage operas at UM-Flint, which include Hansel & Gretel (American Prize Semi-Finalist), Little Red Riding Hood, and Captain Lovelock. This season, he was selected for professional fellowships with the Druid City Opera Workshop at the University of Alabama and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Dr. May served as the assistant director for HPAF's production of Handel's operatic masterpiece, Alcina. He will be directing productions of Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon and Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight in 2019.
As an educator, Dr. May has served as a guest artist and master clinician for university and pre-professional solo singers and choral workshops. Dr. May is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the state of Michigan with MSVMA and NATS. In 2014, he was a selected national finalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program. Dr. May has presented his research and creative projects at the Lilly Conference, National Opera Association, College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the New Voice Educator's Symposium. Prior to his appointment at UM-Flint, he taught lyric diction, opera studio, and coordinated the opera outreach program at the University of Connecticut. Dr.May also served on the faculty of the Community School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. May received his D.M.A in Voice Performance from the University of Connecticut. He holds both a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy with a certification in Music-in-Education from the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Grand Valley State University. He has studied with renowned tenors, Vinson Cole and Ronald Burrichter. He completed his doctoral vocal studies under the tutelage of noted soprano and vocal pedagogue, Dr. Constance Rock.