The American bass and conductor, Charles Fidlar, is a graduate of Cornell University (English) and the New England Conservatory (Conducting) with doctoral studies at Stanford University. He studied conducting with Frederic Prauznitz, Margaret Hillis, Otto Werner-Mueller and Lorna Cooke deVaron.
Charles Fidlar was professor of music and director of choral activities, Brown University, and taught voice, theory and choral ensembles at Stanford, University of California Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University. Formerly assistant conductor of the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Vance George, assistant conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, music director for Martyn Green (G&S) and artistic director for the Harford Theatre, Bel Air, MD where he produced and staged 12 American operas. He founded and conducted the West Bank Singers and Orchestra leading first New England performances of George Frideric Handel's Semele and Alexander's Feast;
A specialist in American song, following his Carnegie Recital Hall debut, Charles Fidlar premiered Randall Thompson's The Passenger with the composer at the piano and earned critical acclaim in the San Francisco press for an Evening of Musical Settings of Walt Whitman. He appeared as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, American Bach Soloists, San Jose Symphonic Choir and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Columbia, London Decca and Koch. Charles lives in Norfolk, teaches at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and is director of choral ensembles at Northwestern Regional Seven.