Meet the Faculty
Vocal Area Coordinator
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
The evening’s standout performance has to go to the the rendition of Clyde Hoyte’s O’er Our Blue Mountain with soloist Christopher MacRae, and the chorale in support. MacRae’s tenor voice beautifully captured Hoyte’s text and the arrangement of Noel Dexter.
Jamaica Observer, March 26, 2017
Having been praised for “his musicality and dramatic portrayals” as well as possessing “a beautiful and sonorous tenor voice,” Christopher MacRae has appeared across Canada and the United States in a wide range of repertoire.
MacRae made his professional debut with Calgary Opera performing the role of Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus. MacRae has since appeared onstage with Opera on the Avalon, Toronto Summer Music Festival, The Banff Centre, Opera McGill, Boston University, UNT Opera, University of Arkansas Opera Theater, and been seen as Sir Philip in Owen Wingrave, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, McAlpine in Filumena (Estacio), Alfred in Die Fledermaus, The Tenor in Six Characters in Search of an Author (Weisgall), and Vaclav in the North American premiere of Dvorak’s The Cunning Peasant (Dvorak). MacRae has also sung concert versions of Werther and Lohengrin.
MacRae’s versatility has allowed him to perform select musical theatre roles, such as the Governor & Vandendur in Candide, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and the Baker in an abridged production of Into the Woods. As a proponent of contemporary works, MacRae has performed the role of Seth as a Man in John Beckwith’s historical opera Taptoo!, The Doctor in Lorena Orozco’s English adaptation of The Waiting Room, and Sheldon in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening.
MacRae has been frequently engaged as a concert soloist in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Theodora (Messenger), Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Stainer’s Crucifixion, MacMillian’s Celtic Mass of the Sea, Britten’s St. Nicolas Cantata, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Bach’s Magnificat, and Rachmaninov’s Vespers. He has performed in concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Civic Symphony, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Early Music Consort, Festival Chorus, Bow Valley Chorus, Boston’s Calliope, Okanagan Symphony, Paul Madore Chorale, and Masterworks Chorale.
Dr. MacRae is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has presented lecture recitals at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress in Calgary, the International Symposium on Singing and Song in St. John’s Newfoundland, and the NATS Southern Region Conference.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Boston University, a Master of Music in Voice Performance and a Licentiate Diploma from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Calgary, and was an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. As a semi-finalist at the 2005 Montreal International Music Competition, he was the audience choice for Favorite Performer of the Day, and has appeared as an opera quiz panelist on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. He is currently the Vocal Area Coordinator at the University of Arkansas.
DMA, Boston University
MMus, McGill University
LDip, McGill University
BMus, University of Calgary