Vocal Arts DC


This informal series of concerts features the winners of our Young Artist Competition. The recitals take place throughout Washington, D.C., and serve to introduce members of the community to the art of the voice recital. With spoken commentary throughout, these programs make art song interesting and accessible to audiences that may otherwise not have the chance to attend a performance.

The artists chosen in the 2013 competition for performance in concerts in the spring of 2014 are Soprano Natalie Conte and Baritone Matthew Morris. They will be accompanied at the piano by Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds, with spoken commentary provided by Elizabeth Daniels. Their eclectic musical program spans a wide gamut of musical styles and languages, and includes songs by Giuseppe Verdi, Ottorino Respighi, Richard Strauss, Henri Duparc, Charles Ives, George Butterworth, Morton Lauridsen, Jake Heggie, and Michael Ching.

About the Artists

Soprano Natalie Conte received both her bachelor and master degrees from The Peabody Institute in Baltimore. She has been a frequent guest soloist with some of our region’s leading opera companies, orchestras, and chamber ensembles, including Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Young Victorian Opera Theatre, Annapolis Chorale, and Live Arts Maryland. She will appear in May as Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore.

Baritone Matthew Morris received his undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School and his master degree from Bard College. His eclectic résumé of experiences in opera, Music Theater, and concerts includes a European tour as Papageno in Peter Brook’s French adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute; concert performances of Bernstein’s Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra; Milhaud’s La Délivrance de Thésée at Tanglewood directed by Mark Morris, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Morris also became Associate Artistic Director of Songfest at Colburn in 2013.

Pursuing a career that embraces art song, opera, chamber music, and cabaret, pianist R. Timothy McReynolds is also active as a teacher and vocal coach. He is a member of the Voice/Opera faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Music, and the former Music Director of Towson University's Music for the Stage. He has participated as vocal coach/pianist for the Washington National Opera's Opera Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. He was Instructor of Piano at American University in Washington, D.C. and Loyola University of Maryland, where he remains as pianist for the Vocal Master Class Series.

He has toured internationally in concerts, cabarets, and master classes in Mexico, Germany, and Austria, as well as across the United States. He also performed in recital with acclaimed bass-baritone, the late William Warfield. He has been heard with, among others, Linda Mabbs, Delores Ziegler, Francois Loup, and Isabel Leonard. Recent concert venues include the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Arts Festival in Baltimore, a state tour of Maryland with the Annapolis Symphony, the Egyptian Embassy Concert Series in Vienna, Austria, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He received his B.M. from Indiana University, M.M. from the University of Michigan, and completed his D.M.A. at the University of Maryland.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/19/2015: Vocal Arts D.C. presents Colleen Daly and Julia Dawson

The first and second prize winners of Vocal Arts DC’s Art Song Discovery Competition offer a varied program to serve as an introduction to the endless richness of the classical song literature.

Video 4/18/2014: Vocal Arts DC

Vocal Arts DC presents a recital featuring soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris, winners of its Young Artist Competition, accompanied by pianist Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds with spoken commentary by Elizabeth Daniels.

Video 4/27/2013: Vocal Arts DC

The group, which consistently presents accomplished singers early in their careers in a full range of repertoire, offers a classical vocal recital.

Video 5/30/2012: Vocal Arts Society Young Artist Competition Winners

The recital features mezzo-sopranos Kate Jackman and Sarah Mesko accompanied on piano by Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds.

Video 5/8/2010: Vocal Arts Society

VAS presents a recital of American songs by up-and-coming D.C. area vocalists. Part of America Sings in the Nation’s Capital 2010: A Festival of American Music for the Voice.

Video 5/4/2010: Vocal Arts Society

VAS presents a recital of American songs by up-and-coming D.C. area vocalists. Part of America Sings in the Nation’s Capital 2010: A Festival of American Music for the Voice.

Video 3/13/2010: Vocal Arts Society

VAS presents up-and-coming D.C. area vocalists in a recital of American songs as part of its America Sings in the Nation’s Capital 2010: A Festival of American Music for the Voice.

Matthew Morris