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  • Nils Neubert


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    Nils Neubert


    "Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and maintains careers as a performer, educator, and scholar in the United States and abroad.

    He is a sought-after interpreter of song, oratorio, opera, and chamber music and has appeared as a soloist and small ensemble singer throughout North America and Europe. As a recitalist, he has performed nearly all of the major German song cycles and has presented programs in French, Italian, English, and Russian. As a concert soloist, he is particularly noted for his interpretations of the oratorios and cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. His operatic repertoire ranges from principal tenor roles of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti to well- and lesser-known works of the Baroque; from operetta to modern and contemporary works, some of which he premiered. He is a founding member of New York’s Polydora Ensemble, which specializes in 19th to 21st century repertoire for vocal quartet and piano.

    Nils Neubert teaches German diction at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes School of Music. He has served as German coach at the Music Academy of the West since 2016, and joined the Glimmerglass Festival in that same capacity in 2020. He has done German and Latin language preparation for soloists, opera ensembles, choirs, conductors, actors, and record producers, is a regular guest instructor for the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C., and has led master classes and workshops across the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. Previously, he served on the faculties of William Paterson University, the Kaufman Music Center, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Summit Music Festival in New York, and the Puigcerdà and Burgos international music festivals in Spain. He is the current vice-president of NATS-NYC and has served on the University Faculty Senate at the New School.

    Recent publications include essays on language diction and interpretation in the Journal of Singing and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal. Several of his translations of musicological essays into German and English have been published by Bärenreiter, Henle, and the International Concertina Association. He has been an invited reviewer for Music Education Research and contributed to a chapter on languages and diction to The Singer’s Audition & Career Handbook (Friedlander, 2019). He has also created educational sound materials as a singer and speaker for Oxford University Press (Lambert, Principles of Music, 2013), the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Washington Chorus, the University of Chicago, SingersBabel, and Sommer Diction. His dissertation on the song composer Max Kowalski (1882–1956) was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Award:

    Nils Neubert holds degrees from the Juilliard School (BM, Voice), Teachers College, Columbia University (MA, Music and Music Education), and the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA, Performance). He also trained at the Mozarteum, Bel Canto at Caramoor, the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Harvard Extension School, and is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is a student of Dr. Robert C. White, Jr., and is married to concert pianist and pedagogue Yuri Kim."

    Degrees Held

    DMA, CUNY Graduate Center; MA, Columbia University; BM, The Juilliard School; Vocal studies with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.BM, The Juilliard School; MA, Columbia University; DMA, CUNY Graduate Center. Vocal Studies with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.

    Current Courses

    German Diction

    German Diction

    German Diction and Rep

    German Diction and Rep (Fall 2020)

    German Lieder 1

    Grad Diction and Rep: German

    Grad Diction and Rep: German (Fall 2020)

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