Shannon Kiser, baritone, received a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied oratorio and recital literature with John Shirley-Quirk, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Covenant College, studying with Dr. John Hamm. He has performed as bass soloist several times with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, singing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord.
Mr. Kiser is a frequent soloist in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, and has appeared as bass soloist in the modern premier and recording of three cantatas for the New Year by G.P. Telemann with the Washington Kantorei. His voice and performances have been described as “a warm, clear baritone” (Baltimore Sun), “clearly deserving the solo spotlight.” (Washington Post) Mr. Kiser has performed in masterclasses with Elly Ameling and Marni Nixon. Past concert performances include Messiah with the Chattanooga Choral Arts as well as J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D under conductor Edward Polochick, and the Five Mystical Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Mr. Kiser’s operatic credits include roles as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte under the baton of Martin Isepp and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.
As a choral director, Mr. Kiser has served at the Chapelgate Academy outside Baltimore, and as an associate director of the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County, Maryland. He has served as Director of Music at Church of the Atonement in Silver Spring, Maryland, and has been an adjudicator and guest conductor at several choral festivals and vocal competitions. Currently, Mr. Kiser is the Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg and an Adjunct Instructor in voice at Eastern Mennonite University.