UCSB graduate student Tyler Reece (baritone) recently won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition for the 5-state region of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. There were approximately fifteen contestants and the other three finalists were from the University of Southern California, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Fresno State University. The rigorous requirements for the competition included the equivalent of a recital program in four to five languages, as well as an opera aria and an oratorio aria. In January 2018, Tyler will represent the region as one of only fourteen national semi-finalists that will compete at the NATS convention in New York City.
Tyler is in his final year as a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from the Aspen Valley of Colorado, Tyler earned his Bachelor's Degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with Dr. David Judisch. At Luther, he performed the roles of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte and John Styx in Offenbach's comic operetta Orpheus in the Underworld. For his graduate studies, Tyler has worked under the tutelage of Dr. Linda Di Fiore at both the University of North Texas and UCSB. This spring, Tyler will make his role debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Other recent operatic engagements include the title role of Pasatieri’s one act comedy Signor Deluso, Malvolio in the West Coast premiere of Joel Feigin’s setting of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and the leading role of Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. Tyler is a winner of numerous awards through the National Association for Teachers of Singing, most notably the Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year song recital competition. In addition to his academic studies, he sings professionally with Schola Cantorum of the Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. In accordance with his passion for education, he also serves as a Teaching Assistant to the Voice and Choral Departments at UCSB.
Photo by Kathy Reece.
October 31, 2017 - 2:46pm