Jay Carter


American countertenor Jay Carter has gained recognition as one of the nation’s finest. A frequent collaborator with both period and modern ensembles, Carter is recognized as a leading interpreter of late Baroque repertoire and has been lauded for his luminous tone, stylish interpretations, and clarion delivery.

Recent appearances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists and the Choir of St. Thomas Church, Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Saul with Musica Vocale and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Handel’s Jeptha with Ars Lyrica, and the North American Premiere of John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.  Though recognized as a specialist in the Baroque, Carter also performs works from the modern countertenor repertoire and has premiered works by John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas, Chester Alwes, and Anthony Maglione.

In recent seasons he has routinely appeared with acclaimed conductors Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, John Butt, John Scott, and Matthew Halls. Highlights of the recent season include appearances throughout North America with Maasaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, the Bach Virtuosi Festival, and the Saint Louis Symphony and Nicholas McGegan in Vivaldi’s Gloria and opera arias.

As a researcher and clinician, Carter frequently presents masterclasses and lecture recitals for colleges, universities, and presenting organizations throughout the United States.  Topics have included countertenor technique and repertory, the role of high male voices in Elizabethan and Jacobean vocal music,  and concepts of masculinity in Henry Purcell’s glees and catches.

He holds graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music where he was a pupil of Simon Carrington, Judith Malafronte, and James Taylor. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He currently lives in Liberty, Missouri with his family, and serves as Artist-in-residence at William Jewell College where he mentors undergraduate music students and leads the Schola Cantorum.


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