Issachah Savage


One of America’s most promising young tenors, Issachah Savage, a native of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. resident, has enjoyed a performing and teaching career for many years. He is just beginning his Wagner career and was the winner of the Wagner Division in the Liederkranz Competition and has numerous other prestigious awards such as the Grand Prize of the Marcello Giordani Foundation Vocal Competition. He has studied most recently with the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and is an award recipient of the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. This summer, Mr. Savage will participate in the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. Merola is dedicated to seeking out the finest young opera talent and helping them develop into professional artists of the highest caliber. He is an alumnus of Morgan State University, where he studied with the late Dr. Nathan Carter. With both dramatic and lyrical qualities, Mr. Savage is comfortable performing on both opera as well as concert stages. Well-traveled throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa, Mr. Savage has sung under such respected conductors as Kurt Masur, Nathan Carter, Robert Shaw, Marin Alsop, and many others. Mr. Conlon has appeared at most of the colleges and concert halls in the greater Washington area, and he has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, India, and Japan. He has played in New York City at the Carnegie Recital Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, in Philadelphia at the Robin Hood Dell, and in Washington at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Pan American Union, Dumbarton Oaks, and Wolf Trap Farm Park. He has appeared as concert soloist with many local orchestras, and he has collaborated with countless soloists and chamber music groups. He is on the faculty of George Washington University, and he has taught at Catholic University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and he is Minister of Music at Washington's Church of the Annunciation. Mr. Conlon said that as a young child he was a “Navy brat” who tagged along with his parents to officers’ clubs where he was able to hear combos perform live. He also recalled that he used to enjoy hearing a baby sitter play the piano. When he was only seven years old and living with his parents in Guam, a visiting Catholic priest remarked that the church organist was unable to play during an upcoming mission because she was expecting a baby. Young Frank piped up with “I can do that,” and he did. After the baby's arrival, the organist decided not to return, and Frank continued to fill in for her. By the time he was eight, Frank was playing for three services every Sunday. At about the age of 10 or 11, Frank began to play “pop” organ at a restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia. Frank recounted numerous musical adventures. While in high school, he was fired from a job playing “honky tonk” piano--but not for a lack of talent, rather because he was underage.

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Video 6/2/2013: Issachah Savage

The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. presents the young tenor, winner of the Wagner Division in the Liederkranz Competition, in a program celebrating the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner.

Issachah Savage