The American bass-baritone, Vincent Dion Horton-Stringer, holds a Bachelor of Art degree in voice from Eastern Nazarene College, Master of Music degree in opera performance with distinction from Longy School of Music (graduated 2001) and additional Diploma Studies in voice from New England Conservatory of Music (graduated 1987). He also took German Lanuage Studies at Geothe Institute in Berlin, Germany (graduated of 2000).
Vincent Dion Stringer, who made his professional debut in 1991 with the New England Bach Festival
(Brattleboro, Vermount) in J.S. Bach’s B minor Mass (BWV 232), is an active recitalist and chamber musician with Boston performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the African Meeting House, and the Goethe Institute. He has spent several summers on a Fellowship at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont where he was coached by Swiss tenor Ernst Haefliger.
Vincent Dion Stringer has been critically acclaimed by the Boston Globe a “A First-class bass-baritone” for his performances of German Lieder. He has appeared in Opera, Oratorio and Recital throughout the USA, Europe, China, Africa and the Middle East. He has been a featured artist in performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center, Edinburgh, and Marlboro Music Festivals among others. He is an advocate for new music and has premiered solo and operatic works by Phillip Glass; James Lee, III; Elizabeth Swados (Cantata Defiance, commissioned by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.) and T.J. Anderson (Walker; librettist Derrick Walcott). Operatic performances have included roles in the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera O Corvo Branco/The White Raven directed by Robert Wilson in Portugal and Spain; in Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Bach's Dialogue between Fear and Hope after Death directed by Peter Sellars in France and Germany; Amy Beach's Cabildo; Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel; and the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Emmanuel Music at Jordan Hall.
Vincent Dion Stringer is founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed New England and National Spiritual Ensembles and is founder of The Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop at Morgan State University. He was nominated by Senator Edward Kennedy as the artist to represent Massachusetts for 'Massachusetts State Day' on August 1, 2000, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Vincent Dion Stringer worked as Music Coordinator at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (1994-1996). He was on the Voice Faculty of Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland (2000-2005) and on the Voice Faculty of Phillips Academy Anover in Andover, Massachusetts (1996-2001). He has served on the voice faculty at Morgan seven years (since 2004) and is the Acting Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Artistic Director of the Morgan State University Opera Workshop and Faculty Advisor for the Pi Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Association of Negro Musicians and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.
His CD recordings include the Langston Hughes Gospel song-play Black Nativity recorded for Milestones and Marvels, Inc. Records and a CD for Revels Records of Negro Spirituals arranged by John Andrew Ross.