Barrett Radziun, DMA
Instructor of Voice and Diction

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Barrett Radziun reaches audiences by combining his “silvery tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) with a stage presence that is “elegant and profound…with poise and maturity that betrays his youth” (The Berkshire Edge).

Critics hail the Minnesota native as “brilliant in his solo performances” (Cleveland Classical), “effortless in rendering sensitivity” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and as a “rising star” (The Millbrook Independent).

Dr. Radziun made his New York City debut at the Morgan Library in a program titled First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program World Premieres, performing works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bard Colleague Martínez de Velasco. Dr. Radziun also shared the stage of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with Ms. Upshaw, his mentor, in a program titled Dawn Upshaw and Friends: A Winter SongFest, singing works by Rogers & Hart and Marc Blitzstein. As a chamber musician, Dr. Radziun has been heard in performances of Britten's Canticle Still Falls the Rain, Messiaen's La Mort du Nombre and various chamber works of J.S. Bach.

Dr. Radziun's passion for community engagement has led him to sing in recitals for the Beattie Powers Concert Series (Catskill, NY), the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Society (Bard College), the Piano Plus! Concert Series (curated by composer George Tsontakis) and at the Woodbourne Correction Facility, a medium security men's prison in Woodbourne, NY. He co-created In Thanksgiving: Music of Need and Nourishment, a benefit recital sponsoring a local food bank in the Hudson Valley. In order to share music with people it would not normally reach, Dr. Radziun contacted the Bard Prison Initiative and made arrangements to perform the recital within the prison walls.

As an ensemble singer, Dr. Radziun currently performs with Orpheus Chamber SingersVerdigris Ensemble, the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and the South Dakota Chorale, the latter with whom he has recorded, Marcel Tyberg: Music Lost in the Holocaust on the Pentatone label, 2016.

Educational Background

  • DMA, Vocal Performance, University of North Texas, 2017
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, Bard College-Conservatory of Music, 2013
  • B.M., Vocal Performance, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, 2010

Academic Positions

  • Instructor, Voice Music, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2017-Present
  • Instructor, Voice Music, University of North Texas, 2014-2017

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient, Teaching Fellowship, University of North Texas, 2014-2017
  • Recipient, Toulouse Graduate School, Academic Achievement Scholarship, 2014-2016
  • Recipient, Vocal Arts Fellowship, Tanglewood Music Center, 2015
  • Recipient, Vocal Arts Fellowship, Bared College Conservatory of Music 2011-2013
  • First Place, Thursday Musical Competition, University of Saint Thomas, 2011
  • First Place, University of Northwestern, St. Paul Aria Competition 2010
  • Second Place, NATS Competition, Saint John’s University, 2010
  • Finalist, The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, St. Paul, 2010-2011
  • Recipient, Oliver Mogck Outstanding Male Vocalist Scholarship, 2007-2010

Solo Orchestral Performance

  • Dallas Bach Society, Phoebus in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, 2017
  • University of North Texas Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra, Tenor Soloist in Abendmusiken, featuring works by Tunder, Buxtehude, Weckmann, 2017
  • University of North Texas Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra, Tenor soloist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, 2017
  • Austin Baroque Orchestra, Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, 2017
  • University of North Texas Concert Orchestra, Tenor soloist in Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, 2017
  • The Enid Symphony Orchestra, Tenor soloist in A Tribute to the Music of Rogers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 2017
  • University of North Texas Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra, Tenor soloist in Delalande’s Super Flumina Babylonis, 2016
  • University of North Texas Concert Orchestra, Tenor soloist in Heroes and Villians of the Stage: A Gala Concert, 2016
  • University of North Texas Grand Chorus, Uriel in Hyadn’s Creation, 2016

Featured Courses

MUS 152 Principal Applied Voice
MUS 352 Principal Applied Voice
MUS 352 Principal Applied Recital
MUS 352 Applied Music: Recital
MUS 403 Vocal Production

Selected Music Festivals

  • Boston Early Music Festival, Fringe Concert Performance, 2017
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference, 2015
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Vocal Arts Fellow Recipient, 2015
  • Boston Early Music Festival, EMA Young Performer’s Festival, 2015
  • Amherst Early Music Festival, Connecticut College, 2012
  • Accademia d’Amore, Cornish College of the Arts, 2011-2012
  • Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, 2010
  • Tallis Scholars Summer School, Seattle University, 2010
  • Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, 2009
  • SongFest, Pepperdine University, 2008-2009
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