Dr. David Thomas Stanley has shown himself a versatile singing artist in both the countertenor and tenor repertoire. A native Arkansan, Stanley is a district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dr. Stanley has been in demand as a soloist and chorister with various ensembles throughout the US, including most recently the Verdigris Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Incarnatus, Dallas Chamber Choir, Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute, the Tennessee Chamber Choir, and New York City’s Opera Mission.
Dr. Stanley made his New York City solo recital debut singing the lieder of Franz Schubert at the National Opera Center. Also at ease in the musical theatre genre, Stanley has performed numerous roles on both theatrical and operatic stages. Favorite roles include principal characters in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Fledermaus, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, A Christmas Carol, The Gifts of the Magi, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Stanley also served as the founder and Artistic Director of The San Jacinto Project, a performing arts organization in downtown Dallas that served to thrive with a positive, inclusive message of hope in the DFW artistic community through the use of performing arts experiences. The SJP's performances, produced and directed by Dr. Stanley, received an overwhelmingly positive critical response from both news media outlets and the community at large.
As a stage director, Stanley's recent directing credits have included The Gifts of the Magi, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain, Little Women, three productions of A Christmas Carol, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Billy Blythe: An American Folk Opera. He has directed choral ensembles of singers ranging from children to senior adults.
- DMA, Vocal Performance, University of North Texas, 2018
- M.M., Vocal Performance, Southern Methodist University, 2003
- B.M., Vocal Performance, Ouachita Baptist University, 2001
- Adjunct Professor, Music, Dallas Christian College, 2018-2019
- Instructor, Music, Ouachita Baptist University, 2011-2017
Awards and Honors
- Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist
- Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist District Winner
- NATS Regional and State Winner
- Dallas Opera Career Grant Semi-Finalist
- MS Thomas Award for Doctoral Students from the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs
- Most Inspirational Professor Recipient, Ouachita Baptist University, 2016-2017
MUS 152 Principal Applied Voice
MUS 352 Principal Applied Voice
MUS 352 Principal Applied Recital