David Corman, Choir Director
American Tenor, David Corman, has won critical praise and thrilled audiences all over the world. He has sung over 100 leading roles of opera in 20 countries and 45 states in 2500 performances as Don Jose, Canio, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, Faust, Pinkerton, Alfredo, and Hoffman, in Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Faust, Pagliacci, Madame Butterfly, Otello, Andrea Chenier, Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Salome, Die Zauberflöte, Falstaff, Cavalleria Rusticana, Les Contes D’hoffmann, Gianni Schicchi, Il Ritorno D’ulisse, Stiffellio, Die Gezeichneten, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Leonore, Nabucco, Rusalka, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia, Adriana Lecouvreur, andLla Cena delle Beffe in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Miami, St. Louis, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Houston, Charlotte, Vienna, London, Paris, Zurich, Bonn, and Rio de Janeiro. His current repertoire includes the roles of Otello, Canio, Siegmund, Parsifal, and Tristan.
He has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Ll‘opera Montreal, Lucerne Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Midland/Odessa Symphony, Salina Symphony, Sudwest Deutsche Philharmonic, and the U.S. Naval Academy in works such as Otello, Tristan und Isolde, The Messiah, Verdi Requiem, Bruckner Te Deum, Mozart Requiem, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Faure Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Elijah and St. Paul oratorios, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, and in several concerts as competition winner with the Puccini Foundation Award, Zachary International Competition, and the Richard Wagner outstanding young singer award. He received Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of English degrees from Friends University, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and was a member of the International Opera Studio where he received an artist diploma from the Juilliard School of Music.
He has worked with Opera and Film directors Tito Capobianco, Jonathan Miller, Frank Corsaro, Marco Martello, Nicholas Muni, Robert Wilson, Grischa Asagaroff, Colin Graham, and Linda Brodsky, as well as many of the great conductors of the world including Nello Santi, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Bruno Bartoletti, sir George Solti, Lamberto Gardelli, Franz Welser-Most, George Manahan, Carlo Franci, James Levine, Adam Fischer, Ralf Weikert, Nikolaus Harnancourt, Marin Alsop, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Anton Coppola. He has also premiered modern works with composers Phillip Glass “The Juniper Tree,” Siegfried Matthus “Judith,” William Schuman’s “A Question of Taste” and “Casey at the Bat,” Herbert Willi “Der Schlafes Bruder,” and Heinrich Henze “Der Prinz von Homburg.” He has directed several innovative opera productions including La Bohème (set in 1940 Paris), Gianni Schicchi (set in 2018 West Texas), Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, The Pirates of Penzance, The Magic Flute, Suor Angelica, Faust (based on the 1926 silent film), Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods (outdoor production), Amahl and the Night Visitors (incorporated into his original libretto for “A Christmas Dream”), Fiddler on the Roof, and Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol. He has also written original stories for the operas “The Dream” (based on the music of Ravel) and The Three Little Pigs (set to the music of Mozart). He is currently writing librettos for a children’s opera based on Aesop’s Fables (utilizing the music of Rossini) and a dramatized depiction of American scientist George Washington Carver.
He was Director of Vocal Music at Odessa College from 2004-2018. When he started in 2004 there were 2 voice students and 18 in the choir. In his tenure at Odessa College he averaged 60 in the choir, 25 in the Amore vocal ensemble, and 50 students taking voice lessons. His choirs toured in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and performed the Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016 the Odessa College Choir was invited to sing under the direction of composer Eric Whitacre at the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio, Texas. His choirs also performed the Brahms Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Faure Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vespers, Verdi Requiem, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, Rutter Gloria, Rutter Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc Gloria, Ola Gjeilo Sunrise Mass, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
The typical choir/vocal ensemble season at Odessa College included a Masterworks fall concert in October, a children’s opera in November, and a Christmas concert in December. Spring semester included a requiem or sacred work in March, an opera or musical in April, and a spring pop’s concert in May. From the 2 year college he transferred students on to Berklee School of Music, Belmont, Texas Tech, West Texas State, Oklahoma City University, University of Kansas, Kansas Wesleyan University, Friends University, University of North Texas, Sam Houston State, University of Houston, University of Texas, UT El Paso, Dallas Baptist, Southwestern Seminary, Texas Christian University, Texas Women’s University, Baylor, UT San Antonio, Middle Tennessee State, and many others.
Since 2018 he has been the director of the University of Texas Permian Basin Vocal Ensemble and adjunct voice professor. The typical Vocal Ensemble season has included one production per semester. In 2018 he bussed 3,000 2nd graders to the children’s opera The Three Little Pigs. In Spring of 2019 he produced an innovative Sweeney Todd, utilizing avant garde LED flashlights, costuming, and industrial ladders. In fall of 2019Tthe Three Little Pigs was reprised for another 3,000 students consisting of 2nd graders. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 he used innovative techniques to teach voice lessons and the vocal ensemble. This included zoom video meetings for online voice instruction, socially distanced voice lessons in large halls and outdoors, and socially distanced acting exercises utilizing exterior glass building walls. A Covid-19 masked production of Amahl and the Night Visitors was produced in March 2021. In May 2021, the musical Into the woods was produced outdoors on the main campus grounds. In November 2021 he wrote a revised libretto for the Pirates of Penzance operetta And in April 2022 he produced an original production of Pagliacci (in the original Italian), inserting himself as an English narrator. He also inserted music for the cast of clowns from Richard Strauss to George Gershwin. In December 2022 he produced Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol as a collaboration between The UTPB Vocal Ensemble and the First United Methodist Church Odessa Choir. In February 2023 the UTPB vocal ensemble joined the Choirs of UTPB in two performances as a featured choir at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. In March 2023 the UTPB vocal ensemble performed a concert of opera excerpts including Turandot, La Bohème, Rigoletto, and Carmen.
From 2013-2023 he served as Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church in Odessa Texas where he led the choir in the Traditional service, oversaw the Contemporary service, assisted in pastoral duties and outreach, and assisted in Youth and Childrens ministries. He also established a College Scholarship Program, and led volunteer efforts for Toys For Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, The Children’s Clothes Closet and the West Texas Food Bank. Beginning in August 2023 he will be the new Director of the Choir and Voice program at Kansas Wesleyan University. Originally from Minneapolis Kansas, he and his wife Kimberly have 4 children, Andrew, Jacob, Ben, and Grace, and 3 grandchildren. Kimberly served as Director of Family Ministries at First United Methodist Church Odessa and maintains an active Voice studio. Jacob and Ben will be attending KWU, and Grace will be a Senior at Salina Central HS.