Baritone Jeffrey McEvoy is Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. As a performer and director, he is passionate about the education of drama through contemporary music and is a strong supporter of American art song, musical theatre and operatic literature.
Prior to his appointment to Winthrop in 2013 he held the title of assistant professor-in-residence of voice and opera at the University of Connecticut. During his tenure he served as stage director of opera programs and applied instructor of voice. McEvoy serves as director of the Musical Theatre Initiative for Region 4 of KCACTF and he has been a member of the faculty and professional staff at the Seagle Music Colony since 2012. Notable directing projects include Into the Woods, Susannah, Die Zauberflöte, The Pirates of Penzance, Hänsel und Gretel, The Crucible, and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein. In 2012 his production of Candide was recognized as finalist and third place winner in the American Prize for Opera Production – Collegiate Division.
As singer, Jeffrey originated the role of Billy Boggs in the premier performance of the new opera Holy Ghosts for Boston’s Berklee School of Music, music by Larry Bell based on the play of Romulus Linney. In addition to singing as baritone soloist in Carmina burana for the Newburyport Choral Society, Jeffrey recently debuted with The Mostly Baroque Players of Hartford, CT performing Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He was also pleased to work with Riverside Theatre Works of Boston in their production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as Guglielmo and as guest artist with University of Connecticut’s Opera Theater as Gabriel Eisenstein in their production of Die Fledermaus.
Celebrated roles include performances as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Escamillo in Carmen. To great acclaim, Jeffrey has sung both roles of Figaro and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Germont in Traviata, Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole, Polonius in Hamlet, Thomas Putnam in The Crucible, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and numerous supporting and comprimario roles throughout the country. Highlights of previous seasons include contracts with regional companies such as Connecticut Opera, Opera Boston, Commonwealth Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lake George Opera, Glens Falls Symphony, Newbury Choral Society, Nashua Choral Society, Boston Opera Collaborative and Boston’s OperaHub.
McEvoy was a Kansas City district winner and Midwest Regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Additionally, he was a first place winner in the Midwest District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in both the Graduate and Senior Men divisions. He has been engaged as a resident baritone with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, a studio artist with Sarasota Opera, and he participated in summer apprenticeships with both Lake George Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.
McEvoy holds his Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of Kansas, Master of Music in Opera from Wichita State University and Bachelor of Art in music and Bachelor of Science in biology from John Brown University.