This YouTube live event will be a discussion on vocal health with Dr. Tyler Nelson, Director of Vocal Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Nelson is an incredible soloist and he will be an amazing resource to have on this channel.


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Tyler Nelson is one of America’s most promising young tenors. Already enjoying success in a wide variety of concert repertoire, recent engagements have included performances with Opera Saratoga as Paul in Rocking Horse Winner and the Magician in The Consul, New Orleans Opera and Opera on the James as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Dayton Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the Utah Symphony & Opera as Le théière/ Le petit vieillard in L’enfant et les sortileges, Opera Naples as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Opera Omaha as Trin in La fanciulla del West, Opera Tampa and Wide Open Opera in Ireland as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and in Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tenor soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with the Albany Symphony as well multiple performances with Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ferrando in Così fan tutte and as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Requiem.

The 2018-2019 season saw him as Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera on the James, Elijah with Salt Lake Choral Artists, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Irish National Opera, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Tampa.

A frequent performer at the Castleton Festival, Mr. Nelson has performed Gonzalve in L’heure espagnole, and under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel: Male Chorus in Rape of Lucretia, Gherardo and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, the Mayor in Albert Herring, Maese Pedro in El retablo del Maese Pedro, Father in 7 Deadly Sins, La Rainette in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, which he performed at the Castleton Festival and with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China.


Dr. Roger Hale serves as the Director of Choral Studies at Dixie State University. He received a Bachelor of Music Education (2001) and Masters of Choral Conducting (2006) from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University (2009). Dr. Hale studied closely with John Cooksey, André Thomas, Kevin Fenton, and Clifford Madsen.

He previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. Dr. Hale’s public teaching experience includes serving as Choir and Band Director in southeastern Idaho at Bear Lake Middle School and High School.Previous conducting responsibilities included service as director of the Bear Lake Community Chorus, University of Utah Concert Chorale, Florida State University Chamber Singers, and Florida State University Singers. Since moving to St. George Dr. Hale has become a YouTube resource for more than 40k subscribers. Singers and choirs of every level tune in to participate in his warm up videos, exercises, sight-singing lessons, etc. Dr. Hale teaches lessons all over the world through remote technology and is the founder and creator of Dr. Hale is in demand as guest conductor and clinician having helped thousands of singers realize their potential for choral excellence. Dr. Hale also serves as Assistant Director of the newly formed St. George Chamber Singers.

Dr. Hale’s Responsibilities at DSU include directing the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus. He also teaches Adv. Choral conducting and Choral Literature. Research interests include using technology in the classroom for a more engaging rehearsal. He lives in the St. George, UT area with his wife KayDe and their five children and loves the outdoors, hiking, running, and biking.

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