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Gerard Sundberg

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Sundberg has distinguished himself as a concert artist with his mastery of the bass/baritone repertoire whose opportunities of solo performance have been balanced with his passion for teaching.

Started at Bethel

2016

Education

  • Bethel University - B.A., 1973
  • University of Minnesota - M.F.A., 1977
  • University of Minnesota - D.M.A., 1986

Biography

Sundberg has distinguished himself as a concert artist with his mastery of the bass/baritone repertoire. His opportunities of solo performance have been balanced with his passion for teaching. His compelling baritone voice is celebrated internationally for its beauty and clarity. Appearances abroad have included multiple UK locations, Paris, Bordeaux, Vienna, and Wellington, New Zealand. Maestro John Nelson lauds Sundberg for his "command of the diction and remarkable involvement in the text". "He sings with passion and conviction, giving thoughtful and heartfelt expression to the text", Rodney Wynkoop (Duke University). Helmuth Rilling praises Sundberg for his "exceptionally stunning high range" and "perfect command of the German language and high musicality".

He has appeared as soloist with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw. He also has sung extensively with the Oregon Bach Festival under the artistic leadership of Rilling and has had continued frequent appearances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorale, Chicago Master Singers, Chicago Chorale, Duke University, Bel Canto Singers (Milwaukee), and the Peoria Bach Festival (IL).

Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL) where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. He recently relocated to the Twin Cities area.